When welcoming prospective buyers to his family’s 21st annual on-property bull sale, James Pearce, YavenVale Poll Herefords, Adelong noted for a summer day it was the coldest sale he had seen.

However the result was far hotter than the weather with 97 bulls presented for public auction, the Pearce family saw 94 sold to a top of $16,000 for an average price of $6170.

Buyers of the top priced bull, YavenVale Prediction, a 19 month-old son of Limehills Streaker, David Meikle, Tarwin Poll Herefords, Meeniyan, Victoria and Geoff Coghill, Ke Warra Poll Herefords were impressed by the ‘very balanced set of numbers’ of their new stud sire. 

Mr Meikle said the bull has good solid carcase traits which were complemented by his phenotype.

“He is the complete package, with great figures and overall balance,” he said.

“The eye appeal is important and his physical appearance attracted us combined with his outcross genetics for our herds.”

Homozygous poll and a heifers first calf, YavenVale Prediction, was in the top one percent of the breed for Intra-Muscular Fat and Southern Self-Replacing (SSR) index, top five percent for 400G, 600G and Southern Baldy Maternal (SBM) and top ten percent for 200G, Milk and Eye Muscle Area.

Excellent sales included Yavenvale Premier, a 792kg son of Koanui Techno bought by Ross Armstrong, Yea for $14,000. A homozygous polled bull with an excellent birth to growth EBV spread, his breed figures put him in the top five percent for SSR and SBM and top ten percent for 400G, Milk and IMF. 

Other high sellers included Yavenvale Power Surge, an 842kg son of YavenVale Juke bought by Tewallewah Pastoral Co, Harden for $11,000.

Coorong Cattle Company, Salt Creek, South Australia secured the impressive YavenVale Professor a 17-month son of YavenVale Moneyball for $11,000 and a second sire with doing ability and length late in the day for $10,000. 

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Grafton paid $10,000 for their selection, an 18- month son of Chester Shannon with breed figures top five percent for Gestation Length, Scrotal Size, Rump and IMF.

Ben and Luci Kentish, Mt Gambier, South Australia were among the volume buyers with a draft of six bulls to a top of $11,000 for an average price $6500, while fellow large-scale South Australian commercial producers Andrew and Annie Bell, Millicent, SA paid to $9500 in their draft of eight bulls which averaged $7038.

Nelson and Kath McIntosh, Yackandandah, Vic are regular strong supporters of the Yavenvale program and took a draft of six bulls home to top $8500 for average of $7083 and Bev Reece, Alexandra, Vic found quality and value in the six bulls purchased for an average of $4583.

Speaking after the sale, James Pearce was overwhelmed by the sale result coming as it was on top of the incredible support his family has been given following the devastation to their property caused by the bushfire two months ago.

“The sale was confirmation of our breeding program and we are pleased to see so many repeat buyers along with new ones,” he said.

“The generosity of so many who have donated fodder and fencing material is also greatly appreciated.”

The sale was settled by Glasser Total Sales Management with Michael Glasser taking the bids. 

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