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2012 Bull Sale Report
Bulls Offered: 95 Bulls Sold: 92 Top Price $18,000 Average: $5510
Top Priced bull: Lot 4 Yavenvale Fusion F078 (P), sold to Glenalbyn Props, Dromore Station, Wilcannia, NSW for $18,000
The most successful Yavenvale sale to date. The largest crowd and most registered buyers competed on the biggest (and best) offering ever at Yavenvale which resulted in our highest average and number of bulls sold. Tremendous commercial support from new and past clients including the top price purchaser and a host of multiple buyers from four states. Buyers were chasing bulls with balanced Breedplan figures including breed leading carcase data and excellent doing ability. The second half of the catalogue averaged more than the front half showing just how much depth was in this year's sale team. Great paddock orders on completion of sale saw over 100 bulls cleared for the day. The good news kept coming with Yavenvale named one of ten finalists in the Stock and Land Beef Week heifer challenge.
2012 SALE REPORT
COMMERCIAL producers were out in force at the at the 13th annual YavenVale Hereford and Poll Hereford on-property bull sale last Wednesday at Yaven Creek near Adelong, where prices rocketed to $18,000.
It was the most successful sale to date for vendors the Pearce family who sold 92 of the 95 bulls offered for a solid average of $5510 and impressive gross of $507,000.
The top priced bull, YavenVale Fusion F078 (P), was secured by first time YavenVale buyers Tony and Lyndall Bennett, Glenalbyn Properties, Dromore Station, Wilcannia. There was spirited bidding for Fusion, which was the heaviest bull in the catalogue tipping the scales at a hefty 972 kilograms. Sired by Bowen Tornado, Fusion had impressive estimated breeding values (EBVs) including +100 for 600-day growth and in the top one per cent of the breed for intra-muscular fat. He also tested 90% chance homozygous polled from the University of Queensland polled test.
Purchaser, Mr Bennett said he selected the bull for his muscle figures, moderate frame and physical appearance. "He just looked right and we need a bull that can produce early maturing progeny for the weaner markets," Mr Bennett said. The Bennett's run 500 Hereford breeders and have a split calving in spring and autumn to target the January and June weaner markets at Wodonga. They aim to sell the progeny at eight to 10 months with a target weight of 350kg to 400kg. Mr Bennett also secured a heifer bull from, Yavenvale Fraction F175 T (P), for $5500.
Volume and return clients Nelson and Kath McIntosh, Yackandandah, Victoria bought seven bulls to a top of $6500, to average $5000 for their 1100-head cow herd. The McIntosh's draft included a number of low-birth weight bulls suitable for heifer joining.
New clients from the central west Tara Partnership, "Boomey Park", Molong, purchased five bulls to average $4600 for their large cross-breeding program.
Leading commercial producers Andrew and Annie Bell, Millicent, South Australia, secured four bulls with outstanding EBVs for an average of $6750 to a top of $10,500. They paid the top money for Yavenvale Flash F313 (P) an August 2010-drop son of Valma Merchant that had been selected for the 2012 Herefords Australia (HAL) progeny test program.
Andrew Stephens, Stephens Livestock, Thornton, Victoria purchased six bulls on behalf of clients. These included four bulls to Millbrook stud, Alexandra, Victoria to average $4125 for their 700-head cow herd and two to Glen Innes Trading, Lilydale, Victoria to a top of $10,000 for Yavenvale Firepower F141 (P) an outstanding son of Norolle Commissioner.
Steve and Debbie Reid, Talbalba Herefords, Millmerran, Queensland joined the bidding frenzy half way through the sale when they bought Yavenvale Functional F273 (S) for the sale second top price of $15,000. The bull was in the top five per cent of the breed or better for three market indexes and all growth traits.
Hilary O'Leary, Remolea Poll Herefords, Queensland, won a spirited bidding duel for Yavenvale Futura, F228 (P) that made the sale's third top-price of $13,000.
Another Valma Merchant son, Futura was in the top one per cent of the breed for IMF and all indexes and boasted a terrific birth-growth spread.
It was a case of standing room only as buyers from five states purchased bulls at the sale. There was strong buyer support from NSW including Molong, Wilcannia, Albury, Walcha, Wagga Wagga, Tumut, Harden, Gundagai, Adelong, Tallangatta, Nimmitabel, Deniliquin, Tarcutta, Narrandera, Trangie, Cooma, Holbrook, Carabost and Batlow.
Victorian producers from Benambra, Yackandandah, Violet Town, Mitta Mitta, Alexandra, Dartmouth, Mansfield, Wodonga and Yea were active as were buyers from Millicent and Meningie, South Australia; Millmerran and Clifton, Queensland; and Hamilton, Tasmania.
The sale was conducted by Glasser Total Sales Management, Mudgegonga, Victoria, with Michael Glasser as the auctioneer.
Yavenvale stud co-principal, James Pearce, said it was their most successful sale to date. "It was the largest crowd and most registered buyers we have had, they competed for the biggest and best offering ever at Yavenvale," Mr Pearce said "We had tremendous commercial support from new and past clients, buyers were chasing bulls with balanced Breedplan figures including breed leading carcase data and excellent doing ability," he said. Of note, the second half of the catalogue averaged more than the first half, indicating just how much depth was in the catalogue. Mr Pearce said great paddock orders following the sale saw over 100 bulls cleared for the day.
The good news kept coming for Yavenvale as they were named one of ten finalists in the Stock and Land Beef Week heifer challenge.
Courtesy of The Land newspaper