Hazeldean Autumn Bull Sale 2018

60 Stud & APR Bulls
Thursday 3rd May
Hazeldean, Cooma
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If you are staying in Cooma the night prior to the sale please join us for a casual dinner at the Alpine Hotel in Sharp St. Cooma at 7pm. Please call Jenni 02 64535555

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Jim Litchfield: 0417 676 561 or 02 64535555
Ben Rolfe: 0429 645 355


Jim talks about Doability & the Autumn Sale Bulls


Dear Angus Breeders,

We have an outstanding line up of young bulls coming forward this May and look forward to welcoming you to Hazeldean on Thursday May 3.

Although the season is against us as I write, the cattle market remains positive and profitability in agriculture overall remains the best it has been in a very long time.

We continue to emphasize in our breeding program those traits that matter most to Angus breeders and in seasons like the one we are currently experiencing the trait of doability, or doing ability, obviously takes prominence.

It has been long recognised that doing ability is of vital importance to cattle breeding and it has become fashionable for breeders to use fat measurement EBV’s as a proxy for selecting bulls and females that are good doers. Research at Struan Agricultural Research station in South Australia certainly seemed to confirm this when they compared high fat EBV females with low fat EBV females and found a positive correlation between fat and reproduction.

However, we remain unconvinced there are not other factors at play in the whole subject of doing ability in cattle. With some bulls we have used we have seen a very poor correlation between doing ability and fat EBVs. One of the worst sires we have used in recent years, where we seem to regularly note daughters with low body condition, is +3.2 and +2.5 respectively for rib fat and rump fat which puts him in the top 1% of the breed with an accuracy of 89%. Conversely, we have noted other bulls with relatively modest fat EBVs that produce very good doing progeny.
Is there a difference between animals that can put on a lot of fat when high quality feed is plentiful and those that can hold fat when things turn tight and feed quality declines? We are not sure but feel there needs to be more research done in this critically important area.


Featuring in the sale are sons of  Hazeldean Jaipur J140. These young bulls display these traits of low birth high growth, great carcase, and great temperament. He has near perfect structure, with excellent feet and is the perfect heifer bull. Jaipur is producing some outstanding calves for us.

Other sires featuring are . Bowmont Jackpot, Plattemerre Weighup, Basin Payweight, Sydgen Black Pearl and other high performing Hazeldean sires.


The sale will be interfaced with Auctionsplus so if you cant make it to the sale you can bid online.


Jim Litchfield



Richard Eldershaw comments on the performance of Hazeldean steers at Rangers Valley Feedlot

“While at Rangers Valley we bought the Hazeldean steers, and I have looked at performance data for thousands carrying that brand. 

They consistently performed well above average in growth and marbling, and had wonderful temperament. They did this in short and long fed programs. 

The Hazeldean cattle achieved and carried 800kg weights easily, at a younger age than average.

We shouldn’t be surprised because the Litchfields have been measuring and selecting cattle for economic traits since the 1950’s."

Richard Eldershaw  - Rangers Valley 1989-2017                             


Hazeldean sire's exceptional performance in Angus Australia Sire Benchmarking Programme

The progeny of Hazeldean sires NHZF493 and NHZF1023 part of cohort 3 of the AA sire benchmarking programme have performed exceptionally well, in all traits including calving ease, growth, and particularly carcase– Out of progeny from 40 sires F1023 progeny ranked 1st for carcase IMF and 2nd for MSA index and F493 progeny were ranked 7th for IMF, and  3rd, 2nd and 4th for 200, 400 & 600 day weight.









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Carcase IMF

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MSA marble score

MSA Index


Progeny rank out of 40 sires













Progeny rank out of 40 sires












There were 24 progeny from F1023 and 29 progeny from F493
Summary of results of cohort 3

For full results go to AA 

Hazeldean's semen terms & conditions


Hazeldean's Outstanding Calving Ease
Hazeldean has been selecting for calving ease for more than 20 years - our heifers calve down easily with only a handful of the more than 400 calving heifers having any sort of difficulty. Any female who has problems calving for whatever reason is culled from the herd. Calving difficulties are not much fun to deal with and a live calf worth a hell of alot more than a dead one!



View Hazeldean Genetic Trends over the past 20 years    
Reputation the Reward for Quality Breeding   


View videos of past sales line-ups 


View 2017 Sale results    



Hazeldean Sales information


   Elders conducts all our on property sales at Cooma.


Hazeldean Guarantee and Replacements, Refunds, Credits

Although we do our very best to ensure every bull we catalogue sees out many years of good service, occasionally premature breakdowns occur. In this event we guarantee unconditionally all bulls for 12 months from purchase and further if poor reproduction results from a genetic defect we were unaware of pre-sale. Our policy is to look after the people who look after us so if there is a problem please let us know.

To resolve the issue of a bull breakdown we will work with you to achieve the best outcome for your breeding enterprise. In the instance of a bull breaking down during the breeding season we will endeavour to find a replacement and get him to you ASAP. If you are able to cover the breakdown with a spare, then we will either offer a replacement at a later date or issue a credit equivalent to the purchase price of the original bull that you can use at a future sale.


Semen Terms & Conditions
Hazeldean retains semen rights on all bulls sold unless otherwise agreed upon, according to Hazeldean Semen Terms & Conditions.



Any animal that either dies or has to be destroyed due to injury within 28 days of sale will be replaced or refunded by Hazeldean. Additional insurance to cover death or loss of use after 28 days can be arranged at the sale.


Health Check

All sale bulls are thoroughly assessed by a vet prior to sale. Animals displaying faults likely to interfere with a normal & productive life are culled

The Hazeldean herd has been assessed & tested under the National Johnes Disease Market Assurance Program & holds an MN3 (monitored negative 3) status, the highest level.

Bulls are vaccinated for Vibriosis, Pestivirus, and receive a 7 in 1 vaccination

Queensland sale bulls are vaccinated for 3 day sickness and tick fever

We recommend that you organise a pre-mating bull examination at least 6 weeks prior to joining to ensure that he is in the best of health & capable of producing pregnancies. This should include a serving ability test where the bull is observed serving a cow or heifer.

Please note:
Although Hazeldean employs best practice procedures in livestock husbandry and does it's best to ensure every animal catalogued for sale is free from disease, internal parasites and external parasites it does not guarantee that any sale animal is free of disease, internal parasites or external parasites.


Structure: The sale bulls have been independently assessed by Liam Cardile from BeefXcel.  Read more


Looking after your bulls when you get them home and how to get the most out of your bulls  Read more


Hazeldean Free Delivery

Within 100km of the sale venue Hazeldean will deliver bulls free of charge to the purchasers property

Between 100km and 1000km bulls will be delivered free to the nearest major centre