*Total clearance of 169 bulls to a top of $65,000, av $13,035
TE MANIA Angus bulls were highly sought after on their annual autumn on-property sale.
A hefty 169 bulls were put forward by the Gubbins family and were secured by stud and commercial producers across five states.
The top-priced bull of the day - Lot 10 - was secured by a NSW and New Zealand syndicate of Knowla Livestock, Moppy, Booragul Angus, Gunnedah, Rennylea Angus, Bowna, Booroomooka Angus, Keera, Gates Performance Genetics, Mihi, Kunuma Angus, Rhine Falls, JRGV Angus, Moppy, and Twin Oaks Angus, Te Akau, New Zealand.
The 18-month-old Te Mania Qontemplate Q1149 was an embryo transfer son of Te Mania Mojo M886, and in the top 5 per cent of the breed for all $ selection indexes.
"We all really liked Lot 10, and we thought given the interest around the bull it would be better to work to secure the bull together," Jack Laurie, JRGV Angus, said on behalf of the syndicate.
"[We liked him for] his overall sire appeal and dimension, he has a lot of extra dimension and butt shape, extra muscle expression and foot structure.
"We think he's going to have a really good place in all our herds, and work really well for everyone involved."
Tim Vincent, Booragul Angus, echoed Mr Laurie's remarks about the bull.
"He's a bull with a lot of balance, he's a new pedigree for us which gives us the opportunity to try him over the different genetics we have," Mr Vincent said.
"He's just a complete package, from birth weight to his high carcase details, and he has the phenotype that we liked from Mojo.
"He wasn't from the cow line we came here looking for originally, but we found we felt a bull that will produce progeny better aligned with our clients' operations."
The second top-priced bull on the day was Lot 147, secured by nearly the same syndicate of Booroomooka Angus, Knowla Livestock, Rennylea Angus, Kunuma Angus, JRGV Angus, Gates Performance Genetics, with Pathfinder Angus, Gazette, and three other commercial breeders.
Te Mania Qompulsory Q1070 was an 18-month-old son of Te Mania Legend L646, and in the top 1pc of the breed for milk, scrotal size and intramuscular fat.
"Lot 147 just ticked the boxes, he has the temperament, a good head, a real true to type Angus," Sinclair Munro, Booroomooka Angus, said.
"He's a bull that we can use over both cows and our heifers, but has an explosive growth pattern and high marbling figures."
The third top-priced bull was Lot 104, a 19-month-old Te Mania Kirby son, who was secured by another syndicate in attendance which included Dunoon Angus, Holbrook, NSW, and Rennylea Angus.
Major volume buyer was Lachie Whitely, Cudgewa North, securing 19 bulls for an average of $10,263 for his family operation breeding cattle for the Rangers Valley feedlot.
Te Mania stud co-principal Tom Gubbins was smiling at the conclusion of the sale.
"It was good to see clients buying bulls that will go away and increase their value proposition and increase their profit," he said.
"The prices we received were very good today, and very reflective on the current market and I feel our hard work."