111 Bulls Offered 109 Bulls Sold Top: $41,000 Av: $7,285

Thank you to GTSM & Elite Livestock Auctions for all your hard work & effort in making this year’s bull sale a success. A massive thank you to all the successful purchasers, under bidders & visitors for your tremendous support, we greatly appreciate it. We are also very grateful for our team at Yavenvale that help make the day happen!

Large numbers of Hereford enthusiasts headed to Adelong for the Pearce family’s 18th annual Yavenvale Herefords on-property bull sale with the desire to buy the best bulls from one of the biggest registered whiteface cowherds in the country.

Of 111 bulls offered 109 sold for a 98 per cent clearance producing an average of $7284.  A  top-price of $41,000 was reached for the lead spring-drop bull, Yavenvale Legend L329 (P), purchased by Tarcombe Herefords, Ruffy, Victoria.

The homozygous poll son of Minlacowie Griffin was in the top one per cent of Hereford breedplan for scrotal size, eye muscle area (EMA), and grain fed index, top 5pc for intramuscular fat (IMF), and top 10pc for 400 and 600-day growth, and rump fat.

Tim Hayes, Tarcombe Herefords, said he couldn’t go past Legend L329 when looking for a sire to add to his Hereford stud. “His phenotype, structural soundness and muscle pattern demanded our attention and when combined with his great performance figures we have no doubt he will do well in our herd,” Mr Hayes said.

The maternal strength of the young sire was also of great interest to Mr Hayes with dam Yavenvale Treasure D403 (P) having a proven track record including producing the top price bull at both the 2013 and 2016 Yavenvale sales. In all, seven sons of Treasure D403 grossed $99,500 to average $14,214.

Ross Armstrong, Yea, Vic purchased the second highest price bull, Yavenvale Logo L291 (P) for $24,000.

A homozygous poll son of Whim Park General G037 he was in the top 1pc of breed for 400 and 600-day growth, rump fat, IMF and grain fed index.

Three bulls were sold for $14,000 with Mountain Valley and Valley View Poll Hereford studs, Coolatai purchasing Yavenvale Lightning L190 (P), the Burcher family of Kalem and Binara Poll Hereford studs, Goondiwindi, Qld taking home Yavenvale Lieutenant L076 (P), and the Sellers family, “Bendoc Park”, Delegate, securing Yavenvale Lute L332 (P).

The volume buyers were Moulamein producers Barry James Pastoral Company who paid to a top of $10,000 when they put together a draft of seven bulls for an average of $5357.

Yavenvale principal James Pearce was thrilled with the result.

“We recorded our best average for our biggest draft to date. The support from buyers from five states is especially pleasing and recognition the Yavenvale bloodline is performing and delivering increased profitability to commercial herds,” Mr Pearce said.

The sale was conducted on behalf of Yavenvale by Glasser Total Sales Management with Michael Glasser the man with the gavel.

Story courtesy The Land March 2017

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