Empire rules stud’s first sale

Empire rules stud’s first sale


Top-price bull buyer Barry Newcomen, Elders' Ross Milne and Yarram Park's Antony Baillieu, Jeremy Upton, Michael Peterson and Charles Baillieu.

Top-price bull buyer Barry Newcomen, Elders' Ross Milne and Yarram Park's Antony Baillieu, Jeremy Upton, Michael Peterson and Charles Baillieu.

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At Yarram Park’s first sale, stands where filled with buyers from across Victoria and interstate, and they purchased 52 of 55 bulls.

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YARRAM PARK HEREFORDS

52 of 55 bulls sold to $24,000, av $8413

AFTER 69 years of breeding Herefords and privately marketing them, Yarram Park Herefords, Willaura, held its first on-property sale on Monday. The stands where filled with buyers from across Victoria and interstate, who purchased 52 of 55 bulls. Thirteen bulls sold for $10,000 or more, which lifted the average to $8413.

Lot 12, Yarram Empire L093 achieved the top price of $24,000. Elders auctioneer Ross Milne said: “If you want to add more dimension, length and power to your herd, this is your bull.”

Barry Newcomen, Newcomen Herefords, Ensay, secured the powerful 23-month-old sire. L093 was the heaviest bull in the sale draft at 916kg, by a son of Glendan Park Empire E002 out of a Courallie Wonder A192 cow. 

He said the sire was the “...overall package for my herd”.

“This sire is well balanced, long bodied, moves freely, [has a] great temperament with outstanding milk and EMA figures,” he said. “To use a quote I heard many years ago from Jim Allen [South Boorook Herefords], I buy bulls that look over the gate instead of through it. This shows great shoulder structure and neck formation and this bull does just that.” 

John Pepper, Pepper Partnership, Tahara, was the underbidder on Lot 12, but secured Lot 37 – another Glendan Park Empire E002 grandson – for the second top price of $20,000. 

“This is a good sound bull, true to his type. A solid bull with great structure,” he said. 

Pepper Partnership also bought Lot 36 for $10,000.

Repeat client Maranoa Downs, Naracoorte SA, purchased six bulls to $12,000, av $7916. Manager Craig Brewin said they were chasing sire lines they knew would work for their program.

“We bought 2 Days Calibre G74 for his Poll influence and Glendan Park Storm for the good results from the current progeny,” Mr Brewin said.

Key client of 15 years, John and Elizabeth Craig, Inverall, Casterton, bought four bulls to $16,000, av $11,750.

“We come back year after year because of the consistency we see for style and type of our heifers. Yarram [Park] has a reputation after 69 years, so we know what works,” Mr Craig said. 

Orana Partnership, have bought Yarram Park bulls for close to 30 years, and this year bought two bulls for $13,000 and $10,000.

Yarram Park’s general manager Jeremy Upton said the sale result was thrilling. “We again had wonderful support from long standing clients as well as the new clients. Bulls have gone to western Vic through to Gippsland and into both NSW and South Australia.”

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