Little Meadows co-principal Karen Golding (left), Glasser Total Sales Management auctioneer Michael Glasser, Patrice Vale, Victoria, Primaries representative Rhys Hebberman, buyer James Morton, MG Edwards & Co, Gingin and Delaney Livestock Services principal Daniel Delaney.A TOP line-up of young Angus bulls, a growing client list and positive signals in the beef industry all combined to push the important figures skyward at last week’s Little Meadows on-property Angus bull sale at Dardanup.
With the registered buying list going well beyond last year’s 18 buyers prior to the sale conducted by Delaney Livestock Services, the writing was on the wall for a positive sale for the Golding family and this was certainly the case when the final numbers were crunched.
After selling at the sale for the first time last year, Glasser Total Sales Management auctioneer Michael Glasser, Patrice Vale, Victoria, returned as auctioneer and drew bids with ease from 32 registered buyers to push prices to a high of $7000 and help lift the average by $523 and gross by $26,000 on last year.
Thirty four sires were sold at auction from the 40 offered for an average of $4632, in comparison to last year when the stud offered 33 bulls and sold 32 for a $4109 average.
The clearance was further improved with another three bulls selling post sale.
The consistency of prices was the most pleasing aspect of the sale for the Golding family.
Mr Glasser said it was a very solid sale and there was wonderful support on the top end bulls, particularly those by Little Meadows Cohen.
“Buyers were looking for low birthweight, high growth bulls with lovely skins and softness and many of the Cohen sons exhibited these traits,” he said.
Daniel Delaney, Delaney Livestock Services, said it was a strong and even sale and the increased average reflected where the cattle market was sitting.
“It was pleasing to see good support from return buyers as well as a handful of new clients operating throughout the sale,” he said.
“The bulls presented very well and the line-up was very even.
“The Goldings’ decision to offer younger bulls three years ago continues to have support from buyers, as it is what the WA cattle market wants.”
Little Meadows principal Tony Golding said it was a very solid and even sale.
“It was really pleasing to have a number of new buyers operating and continued strong support from past clients,” he said.
The even line-up of bulls showed in the prices with buyers finding it hard to pick a standout.
Little Meadows Juan J66 in lot 11 stood slightly above the pack when it was knocked down for the $7000 top price.
As soon as Juan J66 entered the ring, buyers sat up and noticed its future potential.
After some quick fire bidding, the bull was knocked down to first time buyer James Morton, MG Edwards & Co, Gingin, who was assisted by Primaries Muchea representative Rhys Hebberman.
Mr Morton said Juan J66 was a top bull and stood out from the rest on offer.
“We initially overlooked him but we went back and had another look after to speaking to Tony and changed our minds,” Mr Morton said.
“He is going to grow into a very big bull, he has length, stretch and the performance figures to match.
“We were looking for a bull with some size to use over our breeders because of their Hereford backgrounds.”
The Gingin operation switched to the Angus breed five years ago and runs 170 Angus-Hereford cross breeders.
The long, stretchy, well-muscled, July 2013-drop, bull was sired by Little Meadows Cohen C74 and weighed in at 880 kilograms.
Juan J66 had performance figures to back up its visual appeal, with EBVs of +5.5 birthweight, +46, +88 and +109 for 200, 400 and 600-day weights, +17 milk, +2.4 EMA, +0.2 rib fat, +0.7 rump fat, +1.2 for IMF and Angus Breeding Index +$102. Its 400-day weight EBV is in the top 10 per cent for the breed.
Mr Morton and Mr Hebberman also combined to secure Little Meadows Josh J33, a son of Little Meadows Full Throtle F18, at $4500 for the Gingin operation.
Just one small bid away from matching Juan J66 as the top-priced sire was another son of Cohen, Little Meadows Jindabyne J86, when it sold at $6750 to Richard and Robyn Walker, Wilga.
The deep, square 758kg Jindabyne J86, impressed with EBVs of + 48, +86 and +111 for 200, 400 and 600-day weights, +7.1 EMA, +1.3 rib fat, +1.6 rump fat, +1.3 for IMF and Angus Breeding Index of +$112.
These numbers put it in the top 15pc for all growth traits, EMA and top 10pc for rib and rump fat.
The Walkers also paid $4750 for a Carabar Docklands D62 son, Little Meadows Jump Your Bones J10.
Dardanup producers Michael and Brad Telini, who run 420 Angus and Murray Grey cross breeders, returned having previously bought from the stud on two occasions and didn’t leave empty handed.
They secured three bulls including one of the $6500 equal third top-priced bulls.
The brothers showed their intentions early and quickly snapped up the twin born Little Meadows Jethro J5 in lot one for $6500.
The Docklands D62 son, which showed plenty of meat and muscling had EBVs of +42, +78 and +102 for 200, 400 and 600-day weights, +6.5 for EMA and was positive for rib and rump fat.
Brad Telini said they were chasing thicker type bulls and Jethro fitted the bill.
“He has a good shape and figures. He has a good milk figure and is positive for fats,” he said.
The Telinis snapped up two more Docklands D62 sons paying $6000 for Little Meadows Jesse J7 and $5250 for Little Meadows Jace J17.
Matching the Telinis bull for bull was Delaney Livestock Services principal Daniel Delaney, who worked his way through the catalogue and picked up three bulls for return clients EW & AF Buegge, Manjimup, who later offered four pens of heifers.
Mr Delaney paid to $4250 for Little Meadows Jay J95 and $4000 for the other two bulls.
The volume buyer was Landmark Boyup Brook agent Jamie Abbs who purchased eight bulls for between $3000 and $6500 under the Landmark Bunbury account for several clients.
Mr Abbs paid the $6500 equal third top price for Little Meadows J Dore J21 and Little Meadows Jaguar J13.
J Dore J21 was sired by S Chisum 6175 and had a Angus Breeding index of +$115.
Jaguar J13 was by Braveheart of Stern and impressed on the carcase figures with an EMA of +7.9 and fats of +1.2 for rib and +1.1 for rump.
Return buyers the Hopkins family, HM & OE Hopkins, Busselton, secured the final bull to sell at $6500, a son of Braveheart of Stern, Little Meadows Jamison J11.
The Hopkins also purchased Jamison’s twin brother in the next lot, Little Meadows Johnny Walker J12 for $5500.
Fellow long term client Peter Hough, 5PH Grazing, Esperance, was another multiple buyer paying $5500 and $5000 for his selections.
Black Arrow Ag, Badgingarra and GA & SA Gifford & Co, Gingin, left multiple buying orders with Primaries’ Rhys Hebberman.
Mr Hebberman secured two bulls for each operation bidding to $5000 and $4000 for Black Arrow Ag and $4000 twice for the Giffords.
Four pens (45 head) of PTIC Simangus heifers mated to Little Meadows Angus bulls were offered by clients EW & AF Buegge, Manjimup.
The first pen of 10 topped the offering when they sold for $1800 to Steven North, RM & G North & Son, Wilga, who had earlier purchased a bull.
The second top-priced pen of 12 head sold at $1740 to Temasek Holdings, Cowaramup, while Mr Hebberman bid to $1700 for a pen of 11 head for GR & DR Edgar, Lancelin.
PH & JJ Leiper, Busselton, paid $1600 for the last pen of 11.
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