*28 of 37 bulls sold to a top of $7500 (twice), av $4182
A family from Tasmania was so impressed by the offering of Riga Angus bulls, that they purchased the two-top-priced lots, at its recent on-property sale.
The Mansfield stud offered 37 bulls at the helmsan auction, and sold 28, hitting the top price of $7500 twice, and recording an average price of $4182.
The top bulls were purchased by Michael, Lorene and Laurence Mather, Ringarooma, Tas, who saw the bulls at a recent open day, and were determined to hold the highest bids when the hammer came down.
This was the first time the family had bought bulls from the stud, as they were looking for a change-up in genetics, having purchased from the same stud for the last 18 years.
“We are after length and muscle, and both bulls had that, with figures to match,” Michael Mather said.
Lot 17 recorded BreedPlan figures of +54 kilograms 200-day weight, +101kg 400-day weight, +136kg 600-day weight, and an eye muscle area (EMA) of +3.4 square centimetres.
Lot 18 recorded figures of +50kg 200-day weight, +93kg 400-day weight, and +124kg 600-day weight.
Mr Mather said he was “shocked” by how quiet the bulls were.
“Temperament is a big thing for us, and we haven’t seen bulls this quiet in a long time,” he said.
Running 1000 cows, the Mather family said these bulls, as well as two purchased at the recent Lawson Angus sale, would be joined to their stud cows that they use to breed their own bulls.
Daniel Craddock, Corcoran Parker, Mansfield, purchased six bulls on behalf of five local clients.
Mr Craddock said the bulls presented very well this year.
“The bulls were looking in fantastic order this year, no different to last,” Mr Craddock said.
“They’re all return clients who’ve had a lot of success in the past, and the temperament is wonderful, so the buyers keep coming back.”
Return clients of 25 years, the Parsons family, purchased three bulls, top $5250, av $3917.
Riga stud principals Vera and Tom Finger said they were very happy with the result of the sale, particularly given the recent bull sale season has seen many ups and downs.
Ms Finger said she was delighted to have attracted interest from a wide range of areas, in particular having the top-priced buyers come from Tasmania.
“Typically, our buyers come from the North-East, but today buyers also came from Gippsland and the Western District, as well as from New South Wales,” Ms Finger said.
The sale was conducted by Glasser Total Sales Management, with Michael Glasser the auctioneer.