*45 of 50 bulls, sold to $13,500 (twice), av $6900
*11 of 20 stud females sold to $12,000, av $5250
THIS year’s Anvil Angus sale took a strong step forward in proving it has made the right genetic decisions.
The result was record for the stud with 45 of 50 bulls sold under the hammer and an average of $6900 up almost $1400 on last year’s autumn sale.
In his pre-sale address, principal Stephen Handbury highlighted the effort he and his team had made to research and source the best possible genetics from the United States and from around Australia.
Mr Handbury added that the line-up of 50 bulls and 20 stud females included some “new and exciting genetics”.
The well-attended on-property auction at Acheron opened strongly with the top price of $13,500 being paid for lots 2 and 7 both to Eyton-on-Yarra, Healesville, manager Merv Steer.
Mr Steer also bought lot 5 for $12,000 and lot 35 for $6000, to average $11,250.
Lot 2 Anvil L212, an 804kg son of Boonaroo Gus G015 sire, out of Anvil Wilcoola F304, was described as being a stud sire prospect, with Anvil actually retaining 200 straws for in-herd use.
He carried estimated breeding values (EBVs) of +1.7 for birth weight, +42 for 200-day weight, +82 for 400-day weight, +106 for 600-day weight, +4.2 for eye muscle area and +1.9 for intramuscular fat.
While lot 7 Anvil L329, a son of Boonaroo Federation F49, carried EBVs of +3.3 for birth weight, +44 for 200-day weight, +90 for 400-day weight, +110 for 600-day weight, +5.1 for eye muscle area and +1.8 for intramuscular fat.
The second top-price of $13000 was for Anvil L471 sold to Geoff Kyval, Cooper Cattle, who operate nearby at Whanregarwen.
L471 at 17 months weighed 712kg and was the first of the Anvil J018 progeny to be sold.
The bull genetically offered great calving ease and an excellent combination of figures in the top 10 per cent of the breed.
The top-priced Ellingson Plateau son was lot 22 bought by JA Ingham, Yea, for $12,000, for a tally of three bulls at an healthy average of $10,300.
Other volume bull buyers included Malcolm White, Inverugie Pastoral, Yea, buying five to average $5400, Bill Kelly, Alexandra, liked the bottom end of the catalogue, buying four to an average of $4625.
The female sale opened with feature lot Anvil Lowan F274, the well proven seven year old cow, selling to Bannaby Angus, Taralga, NSW, for $12,000.
The sale was conducted by Rodwells and Elders, with Ross Milne and Adam Mounyjoy sharing the auctioneering duties.