by Kristen Frost
The Land – 12 May 2017
A commercially underpinned sale sent the average to a record high at the Herefords Australia National Sale at Wodonga yesterday.
The sale was without the intense top prices witnessed at last year’s event, but the clearance and average increase told the story.
Out of the 168 integrated horned and polled bulls offered, 153 sold resulting in a 94 per cent clearance rate and averaging $10,124 – nearly $300 above last year’s figure.
At the 2016 sale 144 bulls sold from the 169 offered – a 85pc cent clearance – for an average of $9837.
This year, a top price of $32,000 was settled three times. Burrawong Laconic (AI) (H) from Burrawong Hereford stud, Forbes, offered in the junior bulls, was knocked down for $32,000 to Tony and Barbara Holliss, Lotus Herefords, Glenn Innes. Laconic, a rising two-year-old, weighed 978 kilograms, measured an eye muscle area (EMA) of 125 square centimetres and had a scrotal circumference of 42 centimetres. In the senior bulls section, the grand champion bull of the Wodonga Herefords Show the day prior, also made the $32,000 price tag. Lassoo L137 (H) was offered by Alvio Trovatello and family, Glendan Park Herefords, Kyneton, Victoria, and purchased by Tom Nixon of Devon Court stud at Drillham, Queensland.
Mr Nixon was the purchaser of last year’s $95,000 top priced bull, Minlicowie Jubilant J123 . Two-year-old Lassoo, described by judge Steve Crowley, Tycolah Poll Herefords, Cobbadah, as a bull that will put carcase in your cattle herd, weighed 1000 kilograms, had an EMA of 133sq cm and a scrotal circumference of 45cm.
Also making $32,000 in the senior section was Mawarra Evolution (H) from Peter and Deanne Sykes, Mawarra stud at Longford, Victoria, purchased by Jason Graham of Graham Herefords, Cootamundra.
Evolution, a 26-month-old bull weighing 1042kg, had a 138sq cm EMA, and 43cm scrotal circumference. Although the three highest prices were paid by fellow Hereford studs, this year saw a swing of commercial buyers paying upwards of $10,000 for a quality herd bull.
Sale chairman, Bill Kee, Warringa Hereford stud, Yarram Vic, was happy to see the increase of commercial interest at this year’s event.“We didn’t have the outstanding prices that we saw last year, but the clearance and average increase was fantastic,” he said.
“There was tremendous commercial interest, and it is great to see them paying higher prices for the bulls.
“I suspect this is a result of the current market forces. They can afford to pay more money for better bulls and they are out there doing it.
“In my view, what this will do, as time goes on, will produce better cattle because they are paying higher prices for better bulls to take back to their herds to breed. The flow-on effect of this will be they will start producing better cattle, which will return more for them in the long-term.”
He said as a breed and as a beef industry a result like this is what they want.
“We want the commercial buyers to come and have the confidence to spend the good money on good bulls,” he said.
In the breakdown, 102 junior bulls sold to a high of $32,000, averaging $9696 and 52 senior bulls also sold to a high of $32,000 but averaged slightly higher at $10,846. The sale grossed $1,553,000.
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Vendors John and Nana Peters, Forbes, NSW, sold lot 114 for $32,000 at Wodonga 2017, purchaser Tony Holliss, Lotus stud, Glen Innes, NSW and handler Ross Lees, Forbes, NSW.
Jason Graham, Cootamundra, NSW, purchased lot 149 for equal top price of $32,000, at Wodonga 2017, with vendors Peter, Brandon, Taylah and Deanne Sykes, Mawarra, Longford, Vic.
Tom Nixon, Devon Court , Drillham, Qld, paid $32,000 for lot 120 at Wodonga 2017. Vendor Alvio Trovatello, Glendan Park, Kyneton, Vic, handler, Daniel Porter, Dromana, Vic .