Spring Fling sets new record average

An increased volume of quality Shorthorn sires, did not dampen enthusiasm at the 28th annual Shorthorn Spring Fling multi-vendor bull sale at Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange, with the 2017 sale posting a new record average despite selling nearly 50% more sires than were sold in 2016.

Fifteen Shorthorn studs offered 76 bulls, with 62 selling for a clearance of 82% and a record sale average of $7145, topping at $18,000 for Lot 7, Nagol Park ELMT Letsgo.

Repeat clients Stuart and Angus Faulks, “Arranmore”, Manilla, took home the top bull, another sire from the imported Biss Element 79 370Z and from the Nagol Park Theo Romance Z047. The 23-month-old weighed 894 kilograms with a scrotal circumference of 40 centimetres. He measured 18 mm and 10mm for rump and rib fat, with an EMA of 128 square centimetres.

Lot 1, Bungulla Lane, a 27-month-old son of Kamilaroi Hannibal and Bungulla Carnation H50, sold for $16,000 to Jason and Kylie Catts, Futurity Shorthorns, Baradine. Lane weighed 922kg, with a scrotal circumference of 39cm, with 13mm and 10mm for rump and rib fat, and a 130cm EMA.

Warren Coventry, “Lynoch”, Armidale, bought the 24-month-old Moombi Opera L23, a son of Moombi Oscar J27 and Moombi Joyce G47, for $14,000. Weighing 966kg and with a scrotal circumference of 38cm, with 12mm and 7mm on the rump and rib and an EMA of 134cm.

Mr. Coventry also took home Moombi Opera L55, a 24-month-old roan bull by Moombi Oscar J27 from Moombi Duchess H20, for $12,000. The 926kg bull had a 41cm scrotal circumference, rump and rib fat of 19mm and 10mm, and an EMA of 130cm.

2 Shorthorn bulls, Bungulla Love Shack and Moombi Hugo L63, also made $11,000, selling to the Fitzgerald family, “West Nombi”, Mullaley, and Marrington Shorthorns, Dubbo.

A further 5 bulls, Moombi Sparta L206, Oakton Liberator L42, Kingsley Vale Lager L13, Bungulla Lockyer and Bungulla Land Cove, also sold for $10,000.

Max Ireland, “Prairie Fields”, Walcha, was the volume buyer, purchasing five bulls that averaged $5800.

Mr Coventry bought another two bulls, with his draft of four averaging $10,750.

The Fitzgerald family; Tucka Farming, “Tucka Tucka”, Boggabilla; the Price family, “Churinga”, Hannaford, Queensland; and the Groth family, “Hillmoor”, Upper Horton, each purchased three bulls, averaging $8500, $8666, $7666 and $4666 respectively.

Successful vendors included Moombi Shorthorns, who sold 10 sires to a top of $14,000 to average $8,850. Nagol Park Shorthorns sold 6 sires to a top of $18,000 to average $8,500 whilst Bungulla Shorthorns sold 14 sires to a top of $16,000 and an average of $7,929. Leeds Shorthorns offered and sold 2 sires to average $9,000.

The sale was settled by Elders Tamworth, with Elders Stud Stock agents Andy McGeoch and Brian Kennedy at the rostrum.

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The Shorthorn breed is truly unique, from their distinctive roan colour, to their rich breed history and most importantly, the wonderful community of breeders, there is nothing else quite like a Shorthorn.

The key to the Shorthorn breeds advantage lies in their balanced genetic profile, driven by market participation that has been developed and refined, after more than 200 years of genetic selection under Australian conditions.

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