Story courtesy The Land, September 2012.
A strong return clientele again assured a rock-solid clearance of all 92 bulls to a top of $13,000 and average of $6242, at the Litchfields family's annual Hazeldean Angus Spring bull sale at Cooma.
That return client base saw 13 of the 46 buyers purchase three or more
bulls with volume buyers taking as many as five bulls home. The top bull
was part of a five-bull haul for Kelly and Michael Fardon, Craiglea
Patrnership, Hobbys Yards who paid $13,000 for the lead sire in their five
bulls averaging $9200. They bought the 844 kg Hazeldean Fitz F303, a son of
Leachman Boomtime and out of a Hazeldean Renaissance female, for the $13,000
Fitz F303 had a moderate birth weight, strong 600 weight EBV of +117 and a
43cm scrotal circ. The Fardons also paid $11,500 for a Sitz New Design 458N
son, weighing 870kg, with low birth , strong growth and positive carcase data.
Mr. Fardon said he was chasing bulls with lenght and depth, with plenty of
muscle and growth and a balance of good figures to complement.
"We have bought Boomtime calves in the past and they have done a really good job for us", he said. A.J. Chown, Rosedale, Victoria, followed suit by paying $11,500 for a 810kg Lawsons Dinky Di son, with low birth, high growth and milk, +5.8 for EMA and +$120 for LF index. Mr. Chown averaged $8500 for the four bulls he purchased. Mack Stagg "Glen Shira", Tambo Crossing, Victoria, bought 2 bulls at $7,000 and $10,000 while Jim Miller, Coolac Cattle Co, averaged $9617 for 3 bulls and paid to $11,000 for his top bull.
Steve Merriman, Yass, pushed a lot of good bulls to respectable money and purchased five bulls for a $7600 average, while James Watkins, Hillston, averaged $5375 for 4 bulls. Rosie Stradbroke, Mt. Fyans Vic, paid to $8500 for 3 bulls averaging $7333; Lisa Phillips, Jerangle bought 3 at $6000; Andrew King Romani padi to $8500 twice to average $7833 and Matthe Gregroy, Tharwa, ACT outlaid $20,000 for his 3 bulls.
Rounding out a strong sale Steve and Liz Phillips, Harden averaged 4 commercial bulls at $4250 while Ross Davis Benalla paid $9500 and $7000 for 2 bulls and Ray Miller, Bega averaged $7250 for 2.
The sale was conducted by Michael Glasser Total Sales Management with
Michael Glasser as the auctioneer.
The 17th Annual Northern Performance Bull sale at Jackson in QLD on Thursday 16th August saw a 100% clearance of both angus and senegus bulls. 114 angus bulls topped at $14,000 and averaged $6700. 36 senegus bulls topped at $6500 and averaged $4125. Top priced angus bull was Lot 27, Hazeldean Figment F593 a Berkley son with a low birth weight of +3.7, 600 dwt of +100 and final weight of 876 kg, sold to repeat buyers Carruthers Pastoral Co. Emerald. Top-priced senegus bull was Lot 151 Hazeldean SF84 purchased by long term supporters the Bucknell Family, Calooma, Dirranbandi.
Hazeldean 2.5 yr old commercial heifers, PTIC to Hazeldean D960 topped the Monaro Angus Breeders Association commercial female sale offered on Auctionsplus on Thursday 3rd May. The pen of 10 heifers in prime condition brought $2940/hd. The following pen of 17 commercial heifers, also PTIC to a Hazeldean bull made $2380/hd. 2 pens of 10.5 yr old cows, PTIC to Hazeldean D99, 24 and 23 in number brought $1390/hd and $1350/hd respectively.
Story courtesy The Stock Journal, February 23, 2011
Sons of renowned Angus sire Te Mania Berkley were a standout attraction at Hazeldean's South Australian Angus Bull sale at Gumbowie, Willalooka, on Tuesday last week.
With 13 sons in the sale, he had more in it than any other sire and it came as no surprise that one if his progeny, Hazeldean Freeman, achieved joint top price honours at $10,500, going to first-time buyers Bill and Neroli Baade, Glenstrae Pastoral, Willalooka.
Mr. Baade said he liked everything about the August 2010-drop bull, particularly his growth rates.
"I really wanted a Berkley son because I know he breeds well", he said. The bull will be used as a stud sire in Glenstrae's small Angus stud.
Coming late in the sale at Lot 50 was the joint top price bull and son of American sire LT 598 Bando, Sept 2010-drop Hazeldean Fire, which went to the Nott family at Inman Valley. The Notts, who have been buying from Hazeldean for six years, run a replacement beef enterprise on 810 hectares, selling Angus steers and pregnancy tested in-calf heifers.
Sandy Nott said he liked the bull for its low birth weight for heifers, and 400 day weight and eye muscle EBV. "We are hoping he brings those traits to our operation ," he said.
The Notts bought another bull earlier in the sale for $5500. The second-top price bull, Hazeldean Fennel F1112, was also a son of Te Mania Berkley, which went for $8000 to David Brown, Lucindale.
Hillcrest Pastoral, Avenue Range, was a strong supporter of the sale, buying 11 bulls to $6000, averaging $4636.
Buying support was spread with buyers coming from the Adelaide Hills and Fleuriue Peninsula, while alot of bulls stayed local to the Upper and Lower South East.
The sale held up right to the very end, with many bulls fetching between $6000 and $7000. Hazeldean SA principal Guy Cunningham said the stud's field day the week before had allowed people to look at Te Mania Berkley sons, which led them to appreciate the whole sale offering.
"We like the Berkley bull as his carcase figures are good and he's still offering a lot of growth," he said. "He is a good example of the bulls we are breeding." Mr. Cunningham said the stud was working to keep the birthweight of the whole herd fairly moderate, which he believed was evident in the fact the average across the sale was +4.
The sale was conducted by Landmark with Gordon Wood the auctioneer.
Story courtesy The Land, Sept.15th,
The Annual Hazeldean Angus Spring bull sale marked the srtart of the end of a long-standing relationship with auctioneer of choice, Tony Dowe, Sydney, as he stood over his last draft of Hazeldean bulls.
Mr. Dowe has sold at Hazeldean on-property sales for 43 years and stood over his first Hazeldean Merino ram 50 years ago, but will hang up his gavel after the November ram sale, which will also mark his swansong from a rich history in the stud stock and agency industries.
Buyers rose to the occasion, with 64 bulls
selling to a $12,000 top and $6250 average for a 100 per cent
The top bull, Hazeldean Edgeley E493, and 878 kilogram son of Bando 974, was bought by long time client, Lisa Phillips, R.G.Walker and W. Phillips, Jerangle, for $12,000.
Edgeley was a bull with a moderate birthweight at +4.9, extrememly good growth from +47 to +118 for 200- to 600-day growth, +17 for milk and positive for both eye muscle area and intramuscular fat.
Anthony Crichton-Brown, Coolong Pastoral
Company, “Deltroit Station” Mundarlo, bought three of the top bulls on offer to
He paid $8500 and $8000 for two Bando 974 sons with low birth weight, high growth and positive for carcase and rib and rump fats, along with a third for $7000 by the highly sought after sire, New Design 458N.
Romani Pastoral Compnay, Harden, were front and centre to buy three bulls to a top of $7500, averaging $7167, while David Mott, Springwaters Pty Ltd. Wagga Wagga, averaged the same for his three, paying to $8000.
Peter and Cherie Turner, Byland Pastoral Company, Cooplacurripa Station, Mount George, led the charge on a large percentage of the draft, buying nine bulls to a top of $7000 and an average of $5889 and cementing a solid floor in the market.
Twety-six bulls in the draft sold for more than $7000, attracting good commercial competition across the draft.
The sale was conducted by Hazeldean with guest auctioneer, Tony Dowe, presiding.
Story courtesy Queensland Country Life, August 25th, 2011
Hazeldean Angus kicked off the Maranoa spring sale season in Queensland with a very positive sale at Jackson last Thursday where 87 Angus bulls averaged $6670 and 38 Senegus bulls averaged $4710.
Average prices were up almost $2000 on last year’s Hazeldean Northern Performance Sale and fellow seedstock producers across the Stat’s south-west will no doubt be hoping this result signals a positive trend for the coming bull selling season.
Hazeldean stud principal, Jim Litchfield, was
on hand to see his draft of 87 Angus bulls average $6670, up $1950 from the
The 38 Senegus bulls averaged $4710, up $1460 on last years average of $3250.
Mr. Litchfield said the sale was solid throughout, with strong competition on bulls with a good balance of figures.
“The top price of $10,000 was reached four times for angus bulls “ he said. “The bulls that made good money were those with a good balance of figures without any extremes.”
The top four bulls included Hazeldean Expedia E677, which was purchased by Pegunny Pstoral, Pegunny, QLD, and Hazeldean Elelgant E610, purchased by Kevin Graham for AJM Pastoral, Richmond, QLD.
By Hazeldean Brave B195 son, Elegant E610 boasted some impressive Breedplan figures including a birthweight of +3.5, 600 day weight of +104 and eye muscle area of +4.7.
Hazeldean Eureka E441 also sold for to AJM Pastoral for $10,000, while Rod Reeves, “Wyuna” Stanthorpe, QLD paid $10,000 for Hazeldean Easton E409.
The Senegus draft topped at $9500 for Hazeldean 09-7, a red son of Hazeldean Hurricane – one of Hazeldean’s best performing sires.
It was bought by Bassett Cattle Company, Roma, QLD.
The volume buyer of the day was Daivdson Livestock, Alpha, Qld, which purchased a total of 34 bulls including one Angus and 16 Senegus at auction, followed by another 17 paddock bulls after the sale.
Other major buyers included Pegunny Pastoral which purchased 13 Angus bulls for a $7300 average, while Charvel Grazing, Theodore, Qld, bought five Angus bulls and four Senegus bulls for an average of $5222.
TV Fairfax Pastoral, Moura, Qld, purchased seven Angus bulls for an average of $6428.
Mr. Litchfield said it was heartening to see buyers travel from across Queensland and NSW to purchase the bulls they had and was very proud of the bulls he is producing.
The bulls went to a great spread of destinations with buyers coming from Hughenden, Longreach, Clermont, Roma, Beaudesert, Winton, Yuleba, Tambo, Blackall, and down to Hillston and Goodooga in NSW.
“There were also plenty of repeat buyers who provided a strong indication that our bulls are doing their job – after all we have been selling bulls in Queesland now for 17 years”.
Selling agents were Grant Daniel Long and Elders, with the auctioneering shared between Gary Greer, Andrew Meara and Bill Till
Story courtesy Alistair Lawson, The Stock Journal
A total clearance on the 45 Angus bulls on offer saw the Hazeldean stud's average and top price increase on 2010 at it's annual sale on Tuesday last week.
Mark and Leah Jacobs of Colac, Victoria, bought the top price bull, Hazeldean Escala E810, for $9500 - a $4000 improvement on last year's top of $5500.
The 18 month-old bull weighed 792 kilograms and had Breedplan figures of 200-day growth +43, 400-day growth +77 and 600-day growth of +90.
The Jacobs calve 370 breeders at their property. Mr. Jacobs said type and structure originally drew him to Escala E810.
"Figures aren't a great concern for me", he said. "If he hasn't got the right type then figures don't matter as far as I'm concerned".
It was the first time the Jacobs had bought
from Hazeldean and Mr. Jacobs said his selection process was a matter of
walking what was on offer and picking what he liked.
"I didn't attend the field day. We just walked through the mob and saw what we liked and bought it," he said.
It was a strong sale, with buying support coming from mostly the Mid and Lower South East, but also from the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.
The average price of the bulls, which were predominantly September-drop, reached $5338, which was a $1966 improvement on last year's sale.
Other highlights of the slae were lot 33, Hazeldean Elkhorn E712, reaching $9000 to help push the average up, wheil several other bulls sold for between $8000 and $8500.
The top voulme buyer for the day was Jim James of WV James and Son Cooranga, Lucindale, who bought six bulls at an average $6600.
Stud co-principal, Guy Cunningham, who is in partnership with Jim and Libby Litchfield and runs the South Australian branch of the Hazeldean stud at his property, Gumbowie, south of Willalooka, said the stron turnout at the stud's recent field day helped to push interest up for the sale bulls.
"We were thrilled with the sale. i think the field days are a very important part of the sale process and I thought that reflected in the sale," Mr. Cunningham said.
"The top price was good but we were also very strong in the middle ground of the sale with olot of good bulls making between $5000 and $7000."
Landmark was in charge of the sale with Gordon Wood as auctioneer.
Story courtesy Brett Tindall, The Land
IN a year where bull sale averages were meant to be broken, the Litchfield family at Hazeldean Angus, Cooma, followed the script perfectly, lifting their average $1200 on the previous year.
They not only lifted their sale average dramatically but attracted buyers that had not been ringside at Hazeldean for 10 years.
The sale topped at $11,000 and averaged $5116 for the 41 of 46 sold last Tuesday, with 18 of the 24 actual buyers on the day taking home a single bull.
On the flip side managers of Bydand Pastoral Company, “Cooplacurripa”, Walcha, Peter and Sheree Turner, bent the curve buying nine bulls to a top of $6500 to average $4305.
The Turner’s said they had not bought at Hazeldean for 10 years, but previously had bought up to 30 bulls at Hazeldean and were drawn back to the do-ability of the bulls and how well they did on their country.
Mr Turner said they were looking for framey, meaty bulls to produce weaner steers in a backgrounding operation for Caroona and Killara feedlots, from their 3800 breeders of which 2000 are Angus and 1800 Hereford.
The top bull, a Sitz New Design son, weighing 844 kilograms with 46 centimtre scrotal was snapped up by Anthony De Pietra, “Craiglea”, Blayney, for $11,000, with a +5.7 for Birth Weight, high growth of +108 for 600 day, positive for eye muscle area, intra muscular fat percentage and rib and rump.
Mr De Pietra paid $6000 for a second New Design son and $7000 a piece for two Leachman Boom Time sons in his draft of four bulls, averaging $7750.
Long time clients the Phillips family, Rock Flat via Cooma, bought three Bulls for $3500, while David Ryrie, “Michalago Station”, Michalago, paid to $6000 for three bulls, averaging $5333.
Romani Pastoral Company, “Garangula”, Harden, paid $7000 for a 832kg Boom Time son and $6500 for a 762kg New Design son, both with low to moderate birth weights, high growth and strong $Indexes.
Cavan Station Pty Ltd, “Cavan Station”, Yass, bought two bulls with low birth weights, good milk and 600 day growth, with positive EMA and IMF figures.
Brian and Helen Read, “South Lanyon”, Tharwa, ACT, rounded out the sale run solely by Hazeldean paying $7500 for a low birth weight son of New Design out of an Alberda Traveler cow.
story courtesy QCL
BEEF producers traveled from across southern and western Queensland to attend the Hazeldean Northern Performance Bull Sale at Jackson last Thursday.
Hazeldean principals, the Litchfield family, enjoyed a strong clearance, selling 108 Angus and Senegus bulls on offer.
The 85 Angus bulls averaged $4729 and topped at $8000 while 22 Senegus bulls averaged $3250.
The top price of $8000 was paid twice by Carruthers Pastoral, Skye, Alpha, who also took home a third Angus bull for $6500. The first, Lot 2, one of the heavier bulls in the draft at 846kg, was a son of Hazeldean Futura W133 with a low birth weight of +3.5 and a 600 day weight of +93, and excellent carcase EBV's; the second, Lot 17 a Hazeldean Destination son (BR Destination 727-928 grandsire) with Hazeldean Renaissance as his grand dam.
The volume buyers of the sale were Don, Cathy and Scott Bates, Winnathoola, Wallumbilla, who purchased 11 Angus bulls for an average of $5500.
The Copeland family also put together a tidy line of Angus bulls, buying five bulls for an average of $5000 for their Taroom property.
The Abdy family, Hillside, Cloncurry, purchased three Angus bulls through the ring for an average of $2500 before buying seven paddock bulls after the sale..
Cunnamulla’s Warner Partnership snapped up the lion’s share of the Senegus offering, taking home five Senegus bulls for an average of $3300.
Rickard Bucknell bought three Senegus bulls averaging $3300 for his Dirranbandi property, Calooma, before buying another two paddock bulls after the sale.
Campo Santo of Fairview Road at Roma bought four Angus bulls for an average of $5750.