Londavra doubles 2014 sale result

Londavra doubles 2014 sale result

Roger (left) and Josh Mitchell, Mitchell Investments, bought both top-priced bulls at $9000. The Mitchells are pictured with Londavra stud principals David and Vivienne Young.

Roger (left) and Josh Mitchell, Mitchell Investments, bought both top-priced bulls at $9000. The Mitchells are pictured with Londavra stud principals David and Vivienne Young.

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LONDAVRA Angus' 21st annual bull sale at St Marys, Tasmania, reached double the stud's clearance of 2014, selling 26 of the 31 bulls on offer and averaging $4663.

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LONDAVRA Angus' 21st annual bull sale at St Marys, Tasmania, reached double the stud's clearance of 2014, selling 26 of the 31 bulls on offer and averaging $4663.

After picking up the top-priced bull earlier in the day at Antu Angus at St Helens, Tas, Roger and Josh Mitchell, Mitchell Investments, Oaks, Tas, continued on to pay the equal-highest two prices at Londavra for lots 6 and 7 at $9000, then top it off with lot 15 for $6000.

Roger Mitchell had a straightforward buying philosophy, picking out the two top lots for their structure, muscling, softness and length.

"We have a lot of steers going into the feedlots and they like animals with a bit of structure," Mr Mitchell said.

The sire of the two bulls, Raff Equator E312, also caught Mr Mitchell's eye.

"The Raff Equator bloodline does appeal to me," he said.

Londavra Angus stud principal David Young said the two top lots were the heaviest bulls he had ever at that age.

"They're real carcase bulls," Mr Young said.

"They have length, depth and frame, and the eye muscle really puts that extra weight in."

Lot 6, Londavra Equator J34, weighed in at 766 kilograms, had a 600-day weight of +127 and an eye-muscle area (EMA) of +7.2.

Lot 7, Londavra Equator J56, weighed 794kg and had 600-day weight of +144 and an EMA of +9.0.

A significant volume buyer was Sattler Pastoral Company, which purchased 14 bulls averaging $3829.

Craig Milner, representing Sattler Pastoral, said the company would be using half the bulls for joining to heifers, and the remaining half for its senior cows.

"Better bulls improve the genetics, and these bulls have the EMA and temperament, they grow out well and they generally have good doing ability," Mr Milner said.

"They are the things we're trying to push in the herd."

Sattler Pastoral runs 1600 Angus breeders, supplying stock to Greenham's Global Animal Products (GAP) program, which falls into the medium to heavyweight yearling market.

Roberts' stud stock co-ordinator Tim Woodburn said Londavra's final run in the three Angus sales held over two days was a continuation of what had been experienced at the two previous studs' sales.

"There is real confidence from the buyers," Mr Woodburn said.

"There's been rain, the grass is green and the calves are making money."

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