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Valma Merchant (P) is an integral part of our sire battery as he consistently breeds cattle with tremendous weight for age, big EMAs and all from a moderate birth weight. Merchant’s milk figure has doubled since we bought him on the strength of his daughters that are doing a really good job. The first three drafts of Merchant sons (27 bulls) have proven really popular, averaging $6315. In 2013 a Merchant son, Yavenvale Guru topped our sale selling for $26,000 to TRT Pastoral. The eight Merchant sons are mainly heifer’s first calves and continue to show his roundness and muscle expression. Merchant is a trait leader for GL, all growth traits and SS and ranks in the top 1% of the breed for all indexes.
Yavenvale Jumbo (H) topped our 2010 sale selling for $11,000 to Hylands Herefords. Our best son of the internationally successful GH Neon, Jumbo has really stamped his progeny with his trademark head and eye and impressive muscle pattern. Jumbo’s dam, Yavenvale Marianne X137 was a really sound cow and a consistent breeder to ten years of age. The two Jumbo sons are interesting prospects boasting an excellent birth-to-growth spread and muscle expression. A trait leader for 200G, 600G and SS, Jumbo also ranks in the top 5% of the breed for all indexes.
Yavenvale Einstein E344 (P) is our best son of Kurrajong Park B144 that would have been our lead junior bull in our 2011 sale but we decided to retain him for use over heifers. He combines beautiful skin & hair type with balanced EBV's. Offers outcross genetics on the sire side, while the Wally daughters are phenomenal. We joined him naturally to nearly 80 heifers in 2011 and he continued to grow and maintained his condition throughout. Einstein has a solid group of nine sons in this year’s sale which excel in carcase potential in particular. The Einstein daughters are predictable females combining the terrific udder quality from both sides of his pedigree. Einstein is a trait leader for SS and ranks in the top 1% of the breed for rib & rump, top 5% milk, IMF and all indexes.
Braybook Eveready E385 (P) was purchased in partnership with Bowen Poll Herefords for the top price (Poll Hereford section) of $18,000 at the 2011 Wodonga Whiteface. Eveready’s mother is a full sister to Bowen Vincent who has had a massive impact on the breed with over 1000 progeny registered. Otapawa Skymate is a NZ bull that has also been heavily used, giving greater reliability to the pedigree. Eveready combines a number of positives with balanced EBVs, outcross genetics and tremendous temperament. Ranks in the top 5% of the breed for milk and 600G and top 10% for 200G & 400G.