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2013 Bull Sale Report


Bulls Offered: 103  Bulls Sold: 97  Top Price: $26,000  Average: $4709


Top priced bull, Lot 8: Yavenvale Guru G031 (P) sold to Tim Roberts - Thomson, TRT Pastoral, Howquadale Station, Mansfield, VIC for $26,000

HIGHLY sought-after performance bulls sold to an impressive $26,000 at the 14th annual Yavenvale Hereford and Poll Hereford on-property bull sale last Wednesday at Yaven Creek near Adelong.

It was a record setting sale for vendors James and Nicki Pearce and Pat and Helen Pearce, who sold 97 of 103 bulls to average $4709 - the largest draft of bulls the Pearce family have offered at their annual sale.

The top-priced bull was Yavenvale Guru, a Poll Hereford sire secured by commercial producer Tim Roberts-Thomson, TRT Pastoral Group, for his property Howquadale Station at Mansfield, Victoria.

The bull was by Valma Merchant and carried strong estimated breeding values (EBVs). It tested in the top one per cent of the breed for all indexes and was in the top 5pc for 400- and 600-day growth, eye muscle area (EMA) and intramuscular fat (IMF). Guru, a March 2011-drop heifer's first calf, also tested as a 90pc chance of being homozygous polled.

Mr Roberts-Thomson had viewed Guru on the Yavenvale pre-sale video online and inspected the bull on sale day. He said Guru appealed to him as he was a "powerful looking bull" with good caracse and yield figures.

"I am always on the lookout for a herd improver," Mr Roberts-Thomson said.He had expected he would have to bid up to secure Guru as there was a lot of interest in the bull.

At the Yavenvale sale last year Mr Roberts-Thomson bought a bull also by Valma Merchant with the first drop of calves due next month.

He said Guru, a bull with "outstanding growth", would be joined to cows in May with its progeny destined for the weaner markets. Mr Roberts-Thomson sells 300 to 400 weaner calves (eight to 10 months old) at the January weaner sale at Yea, Vic. He runs 1000 Poll Hereford breeders on his Mansfield property.

Mr Roberts-Thomson also operates a substantial backgrounding operation at his Hay property "Juandung" where he turns over 4000 to 10,000 head of British bred cattle annually depending on the season. Mr Roberts-Thomson secured a second bull, Hereford sire Yavenvale Genius, for $7000.

The second-top price of $12,500 was paid for another Poll Hereford bull Yavenvale Guardsman by the Croker family, Bolong Herefords, The Rock. Guardsman, a yearling bull by Valma Odyssey, had EBVs in the top 10pc of the breed for 400- and 600-day growth, IMF and all indexes, and tested a 90pc chance of homozygous polled.

Of note, eight yearling sons by Yavenvale's new AI sire, Valma Odyssey, averaged $7000 at the sale.

The Nixon family, Devon Court Herefords, Drillham, Queensland, paid $12,000 for Yavenvale Goliath, which was the heaviest bull in the draft at 1004 kilograms. Goliath ranked in the top 1pc for all growth traits, milk, IMF and all indexes, and was also 90pc homozygous poll.

Andrew and Annie Bell, Millicent, South Australia, secured five bulls with breed leading EBVs for a top price of $10,500 to average $6250.

Producers from five States brought strength to the sale with return clients Millbrook stud, Alexandra, Vic, purchasing seven bulls to a top of $7000 to average $4000.

Other volume buyers included new client Ramsay Ag, Warren, which bought six bulls to average $3500.

Stud principal James Pearce said it was "extremely pleasing" to achieve a 94pc clearance and sell more bulls this year than ever before, given seasonal conditions and the cattle market weren't as buoyant as 2012.

The sale backed up the Pearces recent success in the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Heifer Challenge where the Yavenvale heifer pen was awarded reserve champion.

The sale was conducted by Glasser Total Sales Management and Riverina Livestock Agents, with Michael Glasser the auctioneer

Courtesy The Land Newspaper