Jarobee bull tops at $38,000

Jarobee's top Angus bull from north-east to south-west

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Jarobee gets $38,000 for its sale-topper.

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*46 of 48 bulls sold to $38,000, av $8434.

SALE TOPPER: Jarobee Momentous Q237 sold for $38,000 to western district stud, Boonaroo. He's with Elders Livestock manager Brett Shea and Jarobee's Jan Robinson and stud manager Greg White.

SALE TOPPER: Jarobee Momentous Q237 sold for $38,000 to western district stud, Boonaroo. He's with Elders Livestock manager Brett Shea and Jarobee's Jan Robinson and stud manager Greg White.

The top-priced bull at the Jarobee sale was close to being retained at the Beechworth stud, before principal Jan Robinson relented and decided to offer him for auction.

Jarobee Momentous Q237 sold for $38,000 to western district stud, Boonaroo.

Stud principal Jan Robinson said he was "the type of bull we all look for.

"We nearly hung onto him but, at the finish,we were pretty busy, and everyone said 'let him go," she said.

"He was a stand-out, all the way through.

"I see them from when they are babies and he was always the heavier one.

"I liked how he looked - he was a lovely quiet fellow, and everything about him was good."

Mrs Robinson said she was very pleased he had gone to Jodie and Shane Foster at Boonaroo.

Jarobee Momenteous Q237 was sired by VLYM518 Lawsons Momentous M518PV, out of CRON126 Jarobee Loch Up N126#.

The August 2019-drop bull had estimated breeding values of a birthweight of 4.4 kilograms, 220-day growth of 54kg, 400-day weight of 97kg and 600-day weight of 124kg.

He had a carcase weight of 70kg.

Momentous' eye muscle area was 11.7 square centimetres and his rib fat was 0.4 millimetres.

His rump fat depth was -1.3 mm and he had a retail beef yield of 0.5 per cent.

He had an intramuscular fat of 3.4pc.

Mr Foster said the bull had a solid data set, with a good spread from birthweight to growth.

"On inspecting the bull, his structure was excellent and his phenotype was as good as any you would see in a young bull," Mr Foster said.

"His type and disposition were excellent."

The bull would be used over younger heifers and cows.

"He's just going to be the sort of bull that's going to put back softness and muscling into our herd, as well as helping us improve that marbling.."

Momentous would be used in the stud operation.

"He has a really strong pedigree that backs him up as well and will also improve the strength of our cow herd, as well," he said.

Elders Livestock manager Brett Shea said Boonaroo had been strong supporters of Jarobee.

"Jarobee were over the moon to sell a bull for that price," Mr Shea said.

"He had fantastic phenotype, really good growth figures, but moderate birthweight, really good IMF and EMA," Mr Shea said.

"He had a very balanced set of numbers."

Many repeat buyers came to the autumn sale, with bulls going to Yarram, Kyneton and the north-east.

Mrs Robinson said it was rewarding to see Jarobee blood weaners sell to keen competition.

"We work hard to produce a line of bulls that will go out and join cows and produce runs of steers and heifers that have high performance," she said.

Some examples at this year's weaner sales were impressive.

They included Three Rivers Angus at Kancoona, which sold 200 Angus weaners, infused with Jarobee Angus blood.

The draft made up to $1690 for 339kg steers and up to 563 cents a kilogram, while the heifer portion sold to $1610 and up to 510c/kg.

The Howell family from Myrtleford were also rewarded for their use of Jarobee blood, with their 66 weaners making up to $1780 for steers (349kg) and $1635 for heifers (325kg).

Both the steers and the heifers returned more than 500c/kg.

Other top results included Bowran Pastoral Company, heifers to $1800; C Boyd and Son, steers to $1760 and heifers to $1530 and P and E Howell, steers to $1780 and heifers to $1635.

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