BULL SALE REPORT 2017
On Thursday 8th August 2017 we sold 76 rising 2 year old bulls to a high of $18,000 and an average of $8680. This was $130 up from last years average. We were very pleased with this result as we sent our clients away feeling happy about their purchases. We like to be seen as good value for money!
The top price of $18,000 was paid by Norm Turner of Inverell for a son of Eaglehawk Millionaire. There were 3 bulls sitting on $16,000 and they went to Ival and John Reid from Guyra for a son of Eaglehawk Heartthrob, Murranjai Pastoral Company from Willow Tree for a son of Eaglehawk Chieftan, and a son of Spicklers Chisum went to Goonoo Goonoo Pastoral Company of Tamworth.
These purchasers are all repeat buyers and are achieving the results we expect from an Eaglehawk program.
In the words of Ken Haggarty from Goonoo Goonoo Pastoral Company his requirements for his angus bulls are as follows:
“I look for a moderate frame and concentrate on the thickness and softness of a bull before worrying about estimated breeding values (EBVs).”
“We look for good maternal traits like milk, because we retain all our own heifers, and we like to have good figures for eye muscle area and marbling.”
“We look at those carcase qualities because we’ve already got the strong weight gain through hybrid vigour,” Mr Haggarty said.
“What we’re really chasing is a type – that moderate frame bull with plenty of thickness and preferably a softer coated bull. Keeping with that type gives us a consistent product for our markets.”
Ken doesn’t lock himself into one market, with steers and heifers being finished for the supermarket and other Meat Standards Australia (MSA) graded markets and steers going to feedlots at a range of weights.
“We’ll sell feeder steers if the feeder job is good and the price is good,” he said.
“The steers are going to feedlots at 440 to 500 kilograms, predominantly to Killara, Caroona or Bective. We did sell a few lighter, younger straight Angus steers for a special job for Beef City. They wanted lighter cattle, up to about 380kg, and we got 440 cents a kilogram for them.”
Buying support from the Hunter Valley was strong as usual. John Halsted from Hampshire Station Merriwa puts together a very strong string of bulls from us each year and runs a pure Eaglehawk 1200 strong cow herd. The Hampshire cattle consistently top sales in the Hunter and Western areas when they are sold because they consistently perform for the purchasers. Hampshire Station took home eight bulls this year from $6000 to a top of $12000.
Shane and Claire Harris took a very nice son of Eaglehawk Rimrock home to Buffalo, Vic. for $13000. We are very impressed with our Rimrock sons and for the last couple of years his progeny has out performed the imported AI sires.
There was some good buying in the $6000 and lower end of the sale with just over a third selling in this bracket.
Bulls went to the bottom of Victoria, all over NSW and the northernmost delivery was Moura in QLD.
Just in case you would like to see 2017 bulls again the pre sale video is below.