2018 Naracoorte Sale Grows

  • article courtesy Catherine Miller Stock Journal.

THE 2018 Naracoorte Shorthorn Bull Sale was the beneficiary of renewed interest in the breed, with one of the biggest crowds in years.

The sale, held at the Pathfinder sale complex near Naracoorte on Thursday April 5, also featured the largest catalogue of bulls in five years.

Thirty-two of 39 high quality bulls offered by eight SA, Vic and NSW studs averaged a credible $6250.

Despite the increased number of registered bidders, the average was back more than $800 – following the trend of many sales.

Three bulls made $10,000 or more, including the $12,000 top price bull.

This was lot 15, Wynyard Marley M13, an eye-appealing sire packed with performance.

The 23-month-old, offered by Peter and Christine Mills, Finley, NSW, was an AI-bred son of Belmore Osh Kosh E190 – the $27,000 sale-topper at the Dubbo National Show & Sale in NSW in 2011.

Marley weighed 970 kilograms but also had plenty of softness with 19 millimetres of rump fat and 12mm rib fat, as well as an eye muscle area of 127 square centimetres.

The sale-topper also had balanced Breedplan figures, and was knocked down to staunch supporters PR Gould & Co, Lucindale.

“It has always been a safe bull, very sound and very solid, with the lovely red colour that SA  likes,” Mr Mills said.

“We were looking for moderate framed bulls with more beef and there is plenty of it here,” David Gould said of the sale-topper.

Mr Mills was pleased the stud was rewarded for bringing a couple of “better bulls”, in their second year as vendors.

“Goulds had been such good supporters of ours at Dubbo so we felt if we could bring a few bulls to SA, especially our higher quality, people can have a look at what we are breeding,” he said.

“Shorthorns are extremely hard to beat with 10 cents a kilogram more than any other breed at JBS’s feedlots and they are taking heifers as well.”

The Gould family bought three other bulls, including Eloora Graceland M50, offered by the Brook family, Bulart, Vic, for $10,000.

Eloora topped the stud averages with their five bulls averaging $7700.

Strong support for Shorthorns

BUYERS came from as far afield as the Eyre Peninsula and central Australia for the Naracoorte Shorthorn Bull Sale.

But many of the 14 successful buyers were from the South East.

Chris and Anissa, Pam and Kevin Thompson, Bayview stud, Yorketown, received the sale’s second-highest price of $11,000 for roan bull Bayview Adelaide M78.

Adelaide, which had Breedplan figures in the top 5 per cent of the breed for multiple traits, was knocked down to NJ&ML Hutchesson, Millicent.

Bayview stud averaged $7188 for its eight bulls.

The Ashby family, Bundaleer stud, Gulnare, also offered eight bulls for a $5125 average. The Pridham family, Nentoura stud, Frances, made a return as vendors, with their four bulls topping at $9000 and averaging $5750.

Volume buyers included Wild Dog Creek, Mount Compass, with four bulls to $9000 and Dalwoodman Pastoral, Wentworth, NSW, with three to $6500.

Elders stud stock manager and auctioneer Tony Wetherall praised the presentation from all vendors.

He said the lineup was a great example of the “modern Shorthorn” with outstanding weight for age and eye muscle scans.

“People were selective on the quality though and many buyers stuck to specific studs they knew which did affect the clearance,” he said.

Sale coordinator Rosemary Miller said a number of volume buyers helped ensure a pleasing clearance in a “solid sale”.

“The rapid expansion and success of the Thousand Guineas Shorthorn beef brand has been a driving force behind renewed interest in Shorthorn cattle,”she said.

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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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