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2011 Bull Sale Report
Bulls Offered: 86 Bulls Sold: 76 Top Price: $10,000, Average: $4,638
Top priced bull Yavenvale Elvis E199 (P) sold to Ross Armstrong, Yea VIC for $10,000
A FIRST-time buyer forked out $10,000 to take home the top bull at the YavenVale Hereford and Poll Hereford sale last Wednesday. Buying was solid to push the sale average to $4638 for a 90 per cent clearance across 86 bulls.
The top-priced bull, YavenVale Elvis E199, sold to Ross Armstrong, "Island Bend", Yea, Victoria.
The April 2009-drop bull is a polled son of South Bukalong Wallace 2, from Onslow Corisande Z125, a daughter of Kidman Triumph V179. YavenVale Elvis is in the top five per cent of the breed for all growth traits, milk and intramuscular fat and has been accepted into the Herefords Australia progeny test program.
It was the first time Mr Armstrong had ventured to YavenVale, and he had done so on good word of mouth that had filtered down to his Yea property. "I had heard some very good reports of the YavenVale bulls," he said. "I actually looked the sale up on the YavenVale website and picked Elvis out straight away," Mr Armstrong said. However, his pursuit of good stock did not end there. Mr Armstrong also purchased YavenVale Knightrider for $7500, a March 2009-drop son of Warringa Bonanza with terrific, balanced Breedplan figures. Mr Armstrong runs a commercial herd of 280 breeders selling weaners through the Yea store sales.
Commercial producers were the lifeblood of the sale with Matt Pattison, manager Rhyola Station, Moulamein buying seven bulls for a $3700 average for their 800 cow breeding operation.
Bulls with top performance figures sold to Millbrook stud, Yea operating through Stephens Livestock securing five bulls for a $5000 average and Andrew and Annie Bell, Millicent, SA leaving with five herd improvers for a $4500 average.
Mountain calf breeders were also active with seven bulls going into the Victorian high country including YavenVale Everest E416, knocked down to Phillip Commins, Nunniong Herefords, Ensay for $9500. Everest was another polled son of the curve bending South Bukalong Wallace. In all 11 Wallace sons grossed $68,000.
In a great day for the Pearce family, the top 60 bulls averaged $5275 and found new homes in four states including King Island, Tasmania. The sale was conducted by Elders and Landmark in conjunction.
Courtesy of The Land newspaper