*21 of 24 Angus bulls sold to $8000, av $4893
*30 unjoined Angus heifers to $1420 av $1407
THE inclusion of unjoined Angus heifers was a great success at this year’s Spring offering at Yancowinna, at Cape Paterson.
The 30 beautifully presented heifers attracted strong support and clearly attracted a few new buyers. Given the tougher conditions in the east of the state it certainly helped the bull portion of the sale.
Selected from the Yancowinna breeding program, the heifers opened the sale and were sold in six lots of five. They ranged in weigh from 367–408 kg and sold to a top of $1420 on two occasions and averaged $1407 or approximately $3.70/kg.
Two buyers dominated this portion of the sale with Louise Vuillemin, Fuller Downs, Foster, buying 15 heifers and Rod Houghton & Diane Sharman taking home 10 to their Yinnar property.
For Ms Vuilleman this is her first foray into breeding stock, having been a fattener up to now. She later completed her breeding package buying Lot 12 at the bull sale for $5500.
Another to buy a heifer/bull combination was Shannon Burns from Daylston, paying $1370 for lot 1 the heaviest of the heifers and $4000 for a bull.
Moving to the 24 bulls on offer, the equally well presented line up of 24-26 month sires ranged in weigh from 740 – 860 kg with Lot 18 a heavy weight coming in at 918kg.
The sale opened strongly with Lot 1 a Sydgen Black Pearl son selling for $7000, bought by McRae Pastoral to be used on their Inverloch property.
The well credentialed 828kg bull had estimated breeding values of +2.4 for birth weight, +45 for 200-day weight, +82 for 400-day weight, +106 for 600-day weight, +8.0 for eye muscle area and +1.8 for intramuscular fat. The top priced bull was next to enter the ring, lot 3 out of a Coolana New Day sire, the standout bull sold for $8000 again going to McRae Pastoral.
Carrich Barter who manages the McRae’s recently purchased property, said the bulls will be put to work in the 500 strong Angus herd in December. Whilst the bulls will initially be used over cows their ability to be used with heifers added to their appeal.
Another to draw interest was Lot 4 the sole Werner Westward son was bought by volume buyer Don Bowman for $7000. Mr Bowman bought 2 other bulls for a sale average of $5000.
The sale closed with 21 of the 24 bulls sold to an average of $4893 slightly down on last year’s average of $5328.
Michael Glasser from GTSM was the auctioneer and the team at SEJ settling agents for the sale.