Story courtesy Stewart Crutchett
Regular buyers who normally top up their sire batteries in Spring as well as
previous autumn buyers returning to the fold, returned to purchase some
excellent young sires at Hazeldean’s first Autumn bull sale for some years near
Cooma last week.
Top price was $9500 paid by Lisa Phillips, Slap-Up Pastoral, Co., Jerangle who had also paid top price of $12,000 at the Litchfield family’s 2011. Hazeldean on property Spring sale.
This was for Hazeldean Gaity G136, with an impressive phenotype and genotype package, by Lawsons Invincible VLY C402, whom she bought to put over mature cows in her 200 cow herd bred on Hazeldean blood for a decade. Lisa also bought 10 “cheap” 7 ½ year old ptic Hazeldean matrons for $850.
A total clearance of forty one Hazeldean bulls sold for an average $5207 to strong competition from 55 registered buyers from the Hunter Valley, north west NSW, the western Riverina and to new and return clients in Victoria, with many buys like Ms Phillips snapping up females to accompany sire purchases.
Fly in fly out buyers Scone Pastoral Company from “Hilltop”, Dangarfield, paid second top price of $8500 for a low birthweight son of son of Te Mania Africa from one of Hazeldean’s leading females by Hazeldean Catalyst C28 (ET) (AI).
Romani Pastoral Company’s Robert Bunt, Andrew King and John Bassingthwaighte from Harden, .who join 1400 mostly Hazeldean blood females paid second top price of $7500 three times for sons Lawsons Invincible, Te Mania Africa and Te Mania Yorkshire
A total 342 females sold twice to a top of $1200 paid by R. and W. Rothacker, Serpentine, Vic., and equalled by D.T.S & E Phillips from Cunningham Plains Harden. The cow offering averaged $941 and heifer calves $383.
New buyers Peter and Sylvia Collet, “Koorooman”, Ryanstone, Vic., bought 20 heifer weaners for $375, and 20 ptic 2010 drop heifers for $1100.
Other multiple new and return buyers were Guy Stephens, Adaminaby, Peter Sands - Cooma, Bradleys Flat - Molong, Ross Davis - Benalla, Lindsay Davy - Bungendore, Des Lampe - Coonamble and Brian Read - Tharwa .
Top priced buyer Lisa Phillips with Auctioneer Michael Glasser & Jim Litchfield with the top priced bull, Lot 33, Hazeldean Gaiety G136, sold for $9500. 41 Bulls sold for a 100% clearance and $5207 average.
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Story courtesy the Stock Journal
In another confidence boost, principals Guy & Sarah Cunningham and Jim Litchfield were more than delighted to see a first-time buyer take the top price3 and volume buy accolades.
Kangaringa Station, Keith, out-laid the top price of $8500 for a son of Te Mania Berkley, Hazeldean Gipsy. The September 2011-drop bull gathered a lot of interest for his low birthweight and exceptional growth rate EBV. Those included +2.9 on birth weight, 200day growth of +47, and +96 for 600 day growth. Kangaringa's Vinnie O'Loughlin said the natural thickness throughout the 792-kilogram bull was exceptional.
"We picked up some really good bulls today to try and put more thickness in our breeding herd," he said.
While Kangaringa has traditionally run a Poll Hereford herd, it has been transitioning to Angus in the past seven years and now runs a mix of Poll Hereford, Angus, and black baldy cows in its 1500-head breeding herd. Mr. O'Loughlin said they got put onto Hazeldean's bulls because their stock agent Noel Evans from Cox Rural at Keith was keen on thicker-bodied bulls for their operation.
"Noel suggested we come out here and we really liked what we saw", he said. Kangaringa bought five bulls at the sale averaging $5600.
Also purchasing five bulls at the sale was repeat buyer Hillcrest Pastoral, Avenue Range, to $5500, av $3800.
Outlaying the second top price of $7000 was Brian Wilsdon, Willalooka, for lot 28, aptly named Hazeldean Gun. Mr. Wilsdon bought three bulls at the sale, av $5833. Bidding strongly was Peter Morutto, Brae, who bought four bulls to $3500, av $3000.
Hazeldean SA principals Guy & Sarah Cunningham were rightly chuffed after the sale and were particularly pleased to have Kangaringa come in for the first time and take home five bulls, including the top price lot.
"They're working really hard on their cattle and we know what they are
trying to achieve," he said. "Bulls by Te mania Berkely have been consistently
selling higher that the average of the sale and Kangaringa took home the
highest price Berkley son in their draft".
Top priced buyer for Kangaringa Station Vinnie O'Loughlin, Noel Cox Cox Rural, Sarah Cunningham, Gordon Wood, Guy Cunningham
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