Progressive beef producers headed to Adelong for the Pearce family’s 20th annual Yavenvale Herefords on-property bull sale where prices peaked at $27,000.
Of 106 bulls offered, 81 sold producing an average of $7130.
The top-price of $27,000 was reached for an 18-month-old bull, Yavenvale Nockout N312 (PP), purchased by Remolea Poll Herefords, Clifton, Queensland.
The homozygous polled son of Wirruna Kalimna K326 was the breed’s second highest bull for intramuscular fat (IMF) estimated breeding values (EBVs) for 2017 born calves and sat in the top one per cent of Hereford breedplan for rump, IMF and the grain fed index at $203.
Remolea Poll Herefords’ Hilary O’Leary couldn’t go past the bull when viewing him prior to the sale.
“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,” he said.
“We purchased from Yavenvale about five years ago and that bull has really left his mark and we were looking for a new sire to improve our figures.”
The second top of $24,000 was achieved with another Wirruna Kalimna K326 son, this time the 18-month-old homozygous poll bull, Yavenvale Niagara N285 (PP), who was purchased by Morganvale Poll Herefords, Keith, South Australia.
Yavenvale Niagara N285’s EBVs saw him sit in the top one per cent of the breed for scrotal size at +3.8, IMF of +2.5 and grain fed index at $182.
A third top price was reached at $18,000 on two occasions when Yavenvale Number One N130 (PP) was purchased by leading commercial breeders Neil and Beth Higgins, Old Crockford, Nowendoc and Yavenvale Nautical N009 (PP) was secured by Ken and Kym Skews, Ensay, Victoria.
Buyers came from NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania.
Andrew and Sam Bell, Millicent, SA was a name that became well known when they put together a draft of nine bulls, paying to a top of $9000 on two occasions to average $6389.
The Bell family have been purchasing from Yavenvale for more than 15 years.
Sam Bell said they were chasing high IMF and muscle with low birth weight and great growth.
“We were also looking for homozygous bulls to breed poll calves,” he said.
Strong support online buying through Elite Livestock Auctions saw new clients the Crawford family, Reids Flat, purchase six bulls to average $6250 for their crossbreeding operation .
Another long-term client, Nelson and Kath McIntosh, Yackandandah, Vic, were also significant contributors putting together four bulls to a top of $10,500 and average of $6875.
“Homozygous bulls with moderate birth and high IMF were in demand” said Yavenvale principal James Pearce.
“We also had a New Zealand syndicate bidding on our top price bull which was exciting.”
“Our clearance was reflective of the current season but we did sell some extra bulls post-auction which was pleasing.
The sale was conducted by Glasser Total Sales Management with Lincoln McKinlay the man with the gavel.