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Topstock Barcaldine Bull Sale 2020

FRIDAY MARCH 6 2020 @ 10am

Barcaldine Sale Yards

Inspections from 8am 

We will be selling 40 sixteen month old bulls at the Australian Topstock Barcaldine Bull Sale in March. This is a multi vendor bull sale, selling both angus and senegus bulls. 

Being part of this sale is very exciting for us as it is our first time actually selling on Queensland soil…. Eaglehawk is by no means new to selling genetics into QLD.

We have clients from the NSW border up to Cloncurry and quite a few areas in between.  We have found these breeders keen to come back and stock up on our bulls so we are confident of their ability to handle varying terrain and climate. 

ATKINSON DROUGHTIE/EAGLEHAWK ANGUS CROSS WORKS

Good clients, the Atkinson family of Goomeri and formerly of Hughenden have been using our bulls over their droughtmaster cows for years now and in 2017 they entered 4 pens of their Droughtmaster/Angus steers into the prestigious EKKA Paddock to Palate Competition with outstanding results.

 They proved the moderate, deep, thick easy doing bulls they chose from us could outperform any other breed on the day.  The “Katandra” black steers took out 1st, 2nd and 4th in the 100-day grain fed section.  They were judged in pens of 6 and there were 67 pens all vying for this sought after win.  The first placed Atkinson pen averaged 3.117kgs per day for 100 days.   We were impressed with the quality of all the cattle entered with some of the biggest names in Queensland participating. The highest weight gain steer in the 70-day class was also won by the “Katandra Blacks” with a whopping 3.94kgs per day.

BACKGROUND AND BREEDING OBJECTIVES

We are quite different to many Angus breeders of today as we source our own genetics by travelling the USA and handpicking sires by personally inspecting the herds they come from and offspring etc.  we believe, has allowed us to breed an animal that can hack it in our Aussie environment and give the on-farm performance that the breeder gets paid for.  It also helps avoid the pit falls that generally occur when using a bull from a photo and a set of numbers.  Incidentally, almost all the Angus genetics used in Australia are based on USA breedings.

SOFT DOESN’T MEAN WEAK….

We rate the positive fat EBV as a prerequisite to easy doing low maintenance cattle.  Positive fat allows cattle to keep more condition to handle tough times better, it also enhances skin and hair type.  When we talk soft cattle, we mean soft to look at, not soft in constitution. Easy doing cattle are the type cattle buyers are looking for and they are the ones that eat well.

We stand for cattle with good bone, deep sided, wide across the top, good slick hair all rolled into a structurally correct body.  Our cows are very fertile and this has a lot to do with their ability to keep fat reserves for the most important job of breeding back.  We consider short gestation a positive for growth and fertility.

Chasing high marbling may get a premium at the odd feedlot but beware, nothing is for nothing!  High intramuscular fat (IMF) herds tend to come with a range of problems, they can be slab sided and harder doing and will eventually be the ones that let you down fertility wise when the going gets tough.  We certainly keep an eye on the IMF EBV’s, we believe balance over extremes, and trends, wins out every time.

INFO ON THE BARCALDINE BULL SALE TEAM.

Our bulls will be 16 – 17 months of age in this sale.  Our aim is to develop our bulls at about 1kg/day of gain per day up to this age.  We find this guarantees that they are not compromised from over-feeding ensuring a long and productive breeding life.  The other benefits to this measured approach is that our bulls will acclimatise easily to all environments and feed types.  They have been semen tested, vaccinated for three day, tick fever, botulism, pestivirus, vibriosis and 7 in 1.

ABOUT THE SIRES REPRESENTED IN OUR TEAM

The sires of the team comprise of some of the most influential bulls in the breed to date with fourteen of the listing being from our homebred sires.

LD CAPITALIST 316

EF COMMANDO 1366

MUSGRAVE APACHE

VISION UNANIMOUS

BASIN PAYWEIGHT 1682

KOUPAL KOZI 418

LD CAPITALIST 316 is a most magnificent bull from the Ludington herd in Texas.  He is being heavily used the world over.  He is a calving ease sire who stamps his calves with great structure, carcase attributes and muscle pattern.  His progeny is powerful with solid growth and high performance and doing ability to produce equally outstanding results on grass and grain alike.  All of this is enhanced by a strong set of balanced figures. The heifers from Capitalist are absolute winners, great udders, conformation and depth of rib.  He is one of the most sought after bulls in the breed today and for good reason.

EF COMMANDO will produce excellent fertile moderate cows. We used him heavily over heifers and found his calves light and well shaped at birth followed by breed leading growth patterns.  Progeny have great body shape, muscle and softness, with sound feet and good temperaments. Commando has a great combination of balanced EBVs and pedigree to boot.   

MUSGRAVE APACHE is a unique blend of style, structure and muscle who is making a name in the industry as a cowmaker sire.   He also offers the flexibility of being heifer safe with loads of phenotype to the calves and standout performance.

KOUPAL KOZI 418 breeds very consistently wide topped, naturally deep carcase cattle.  He is a true curve bending bull as his calves are generally light and then they explode to the top of the group by 400 days.  If you need to thicken your herd while still keeping the cows feminine, Kozi will do this.  We have the only Kozi calves in Australia as he is now deceased.  Such a shame as we like what he has given us.

BASIN PAYWEIGHT 1682 appeals across the board.  You can’t help but be impressed by his extreme body mass and depth while carrying this load on great feet and legs.  Phenotypically he breeds true, passing on neat udders, easy fleshing and the broody cow look to his females while the male progeny display the easy fleshing and phenotype of their sire in combination with elite growth that makes them so sought after in the saleyards.  Few bulls that are built like Payweight offer calving ease- but he does.

VISION UNANIMOUS comes from a very strong cow herd and this will show when you see the females he breeds, they mature early and are very stylish and correct.  We have been super impressed with the structure, depth, softness and performance of Unanimous progeny.  He provides world class performance while maintaining the muscle shape and thickness we all need more of.  Unanimous has a big solid foot with lots of heel and an impeccable structure.

2019 – A QUICK RUN DOWN ON LAST YEARS BULL SALE

Wow! What a year!  It’s been tough for everyone…..We had a bull sale that mirrored what is going on in our industry.  We sold 90% of the lineup and averaged $4,900.  When the cow herd of most of QLD and NSW is almost down to half we should thank our lucky stars that we sold this many.  While I am  thanking…..we would like to thank everyone who came to our sale and especially to the buyers and underbidders.  Without our customers we are without a business and we appreciate the trust you place in our program.

Shamil Livestock, Urunga and Dorrigo, bought the top priced bull for its own stud use for $10,000, 

Volume buyers through Gavin Beard, Landmark Scone bought a substantial amount of our boys to take to the Hunter to long term clients. Gavin represents people who breed quality cattle and allow him to buy Eaglehawk bulls every year, sight unseen.

George Spring, Pomany Angus, in the Widden Valley, bought six heifer bulls and paid $5,000.  George went home very happy with his purchase.

Richmond Valley producer Aaron Brunello, Treviso Agriculture, bought seven bulls to adjust his Brahman infused herd away from Santa Gertrudis towards Brangus, buying another Unanimous son, N151, for $7000 with top 10pc for 200 and 400 day weight (+54 and +96).  The Brunello family are new to Eaglehawk and they are excited to infuse these quality bulls into their herd.

Repeat buyers Marango Station and Caranna Pastoral came to the sale expecting to buy one bull and went home happy with five including a  Firestorm  by Canadian sire Sandpoint Firestorm who we have had an exclusive on for 2 years, with top 10pc for EMA at +9.0 and top 20pc for birthweight at +2.7 and calving ease at +2.7.

Repeat clients Deepwater Station bought Eaglehawk Godfather N349 by the sire of the same name for $7000.

This year’s bulls were the most even line of bulls we have offered.  They had balanced EBV’s in a thick, easy doing package. Their mothers and sisters are fertile and easy doing with a ton of capacity.

This year more than ever the easy doing cattle have made an impression on businesses.  They are the ones that have survived better or in some cases, at all.  They are the ones that have come back in pregnant.  They are the ones we need to make a profit.  Live calves and cows that survive are the money earners.

The AI sires we have used to produce this year’s sale bulls have all passed the stringent conformation criteria we demand. The progeny and the program behind all of the sires are considered also, when we make our selections.  This gives us confidence in the accuracy of our selections when we choose a bull for the Eaglehawk herd as we need to cut out all guess work.

EBV’s that we consider to be most objective when measured correctly are:

Gestation length, birth weight, 200,400,600 day weights, (when weighed at those ages), mature cow weight (weighed when her calf is 200 days), scrotal, EMA (scanned at 200 days), rib and rump fat and IMF (all scanned at 600 days).

We offered more bulls that we believe are the type to make you the most profit.  Fertility is inherently linked to positive fat and moderation.  We have moderate framed bulls that are thick, deep and easy doing.  Our cattle marble so you won’t see the number game happening here.  If it was a matter of choosing a bull with the biggest number values our job would be easy!  What we are doing is breeding balance across all traits and a definite phenotype.

Perhaps the most pleasing feature of this year’s sale was the quality of the bulls by our homebred sires.  These bulls and their progeny are absolutely the “Eaglehawk Type”.  Anyway we look forward to bringing you our next lot of bulls in August next year and hope to see you here.     

2019 VIDEO OF SALE BULLS

2019 Sale Lot Snapshot

LOT 33 - Eaglehawk Justified N294

Ian's comment

“For your heifers this bull offers outstanding low birthweight. Birth weight and calving ease ebv’s in the top 10% of the breed. N294 is really a set and forget bull. Eaglehawk Justified delivers again. You can’t go wrong.”

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LOT 16 - Eaglehawk Innovation N239

Ian's comment

“An Innovation bull with really clean sheath. He has lovely a muscle pattern to him, very deep & goes all the way down his back legs. Good feet and legs, thick topped. Top 10% for ema day and top 10% for retail beef yield.”

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LOT 2 - Eaglehawk Big Sky N252

Ian's comment

“The first of our Big Sky bulls to come through. He pretty much ticks all the boxes. Embryo calf out of one of our best in A112. Below average for birth for your heifers. Plenty of ema and on the carcase side. Lot of smooth muscle, nice hair type. He walks well with good feet and legs. Real moderate balanced bull.”

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LOT 4 - Eaglehawk Unanimous N162

Ian's comment

“We are very happy with this Unanimous son. Unanimous has lived up to all expectations and breeding objectives here at Eaglehawk. N162 is deep bodied, thick topped and with a beautiful temperament. Top 10% for 200 and 400 day weight and top 20% for 600 day and carcase weight.”

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LOT 5 - Eaglehawk Big Sky N206

Ian's comment

“Another Big Sky son who is long, deep and soft. Out of a terrific cow in Eaglehawk Moongarra H200. Average for birth weight with above average growth. The product of our ongoing embryo transfer program. Would provide a lift in any herd. “

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LOT 47 - Eaglehawk Ringmaster N291

Ian's comment

“This bull ticks a lot of boxes for me. He is moderate and well muscled. He has a very tidy underline which avoids some of the problems associated with sheathiness and he has plenty of length. Ringmaster was only used lightly. We will be increasing his input in the future.”

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LOT 7 - Eaglehawk Justified N362

Ian's comment

“A total heifer specialist here by the homebred sire Justified. He combines calving ease, short gestation and low birth giving a set and forget type bull for heifers. And yet he will give above average growth. Very smooth balance bull with a perfect sheath.”

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LOT 79 - Eaglehawk Innovation N158

Ian's comment

“If you want your calves on the ground early these Innovation sons will do it for you. Gestation length in the top 20% of the breed. Add to that growth, carcase weight and eye muscle and a positive fat ebv (top 10%) and you have no fuss cattle that do all the things that made the angus breed great in the first place.”

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LOT 3 - Eaglehawk Unanimous N261

Ian's comment

“Take a good look at this Vision Unanimous sons. Massive growth performance in the top 10% for 200 day and top 20% for 400 and 600day. Physically he is a bull of great balance. A powerful bull with even muscle pattern and a soft coat type. Beautiful clean sheathed bull.”

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LOT 49 - Eaglehawk Braveheart N248

Ian's comment

“What a mountain of muscle! If you are looking to inject pure power into your cow herd then this is the bull. His SAV Predominant mother is the exact kind of cow we like here at Eaglehawk. Always in great condition, no matter what. Always brings a cracker calf to the weaning pen.”

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BRUCE BIRCH:        0428 363 063

TIM BAYLISS:          0439 009 414

SAM SEWELL:         0447 255 100

BLAKE O’REILLY:    0448 213 668

BEN JOHNSTON:    0455 964 487

 

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Ian & Sally Vivers
480 Eastern Feeder Rd
Glen Innes NSW 2370

 

Ian Mob: 0427 621 278
Sal Mob: 0428 210 962

 

ian@eaglehawkangus.com.au

sally@eaglehawkangus.com.au

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