Hercules muscles to $12,000 top at Nampara
By CATHERINE MILLER
NAMPARA Angus stud were rewarded for an outstanding draft of grass fed, commercially orientated bulls with a near total clearance and large lift in average at their annual on-property sale on Tuesday last week near Penola.There was plenty of animated bidding sustained throughout the sale highlighting the consistency of the offering. In the breakdown Stuart and Natalie Hann sold 49 of 50 powerful bulls to a $12,000 high and averaged $4500- up $366 on the 2013 sale.
The cattle market may be subdued largely due to widespread drought in the eastern states but a pattern has emerged that buyers are looking for a genetic advantage and are prepared to pay for the superior sires. It continued a good year for the Hanns who also topped the Naracoorte PTIC female sale for a remarkable sixth year in a row last month. Many of their 211 commercial heifers sold for a $1072 average were in calf to this year’s sale bulls. The 46 registered bidders from the South East and western Victoria were able to bid on many lots with the evenness of quality.
The heaviest bull in the draft at 932 kilograms, Nampara Hercules H31 sparked a bidding frenzy and made the $12,000 top price. It was one of two late inclusions in the catalogue for Nampara’s stud reserves. It had an impressive pedigree being a son of Raff Empire who has 11 supreme beef titles to his name from shows around Australia, and out of a NZ bred cow which has consistently produced for Nampara stud. Thomas DeGaris&Clarkson’s Kingston agent Jordan Haines was the successful purchaser for CJ, BD&BG Mackereth, Cape Jaffa who are looking to breed up to a self-replacing herd of 150 females after getting back into Angus.
“The idea of a bull of that calibre was to get heifers to speed the job up.” “You never know what you are going to have to pay for a bull of that calibre but at the end of the day if you keep a few more heifers and get the extra weight into the calves you soon get it (the money) back,” Jordan said. The second highest price of $9000 was paid by regular high end buyers Nigel and Megan Watson from Lucindale for NamparaEmperor H64. He was a son of $91,000 sire Te Mania Emperor E43 who is being widely used in the Angus breed. A stud syndicate of Yerwal Estate, Lucindale Glentanner stud at Mount Gambier and Bendleby stud, Avenue Range got together to purchase Nampara Haymaker H09 for $8000.
The 892 kilogram bull sired by J&C Evidence E11 will be shared between the three studs impressed with his “muscle and power.” “His pedigree is an outcross with muscle and length and good set of figures including positive fat figures which has been found to be correlated with fertility,” Brad Lucas from Glentanner stud said. Elders Dartmoor’s Neville Bowd was particularly strong securing 14 bulls for four different clients. This included Wanbannar Partnership who bought four bulls to a $5000 high, while K&B MacKinnon bought five bulls to a $4250 high twice.
Included in the catalogue were nine Wittalocka prefix bulls which sold to a $5750 high and averaged $3361. Nampara expanded its stud herd numbers to 300 females through the purchase of the Willalooka based stud in 2012. Soon after the final hammer a total clearance was achieved with the only unsold bulls finding a new home. Stud principal Stuart Hann said the result was “better than they expected” especially achieving a total clearance.
“In these times we didn’t expect $12,000 for a top either, and another highlight was selling a stud bull to Regan and Brad and Damian .” He was thrilled to see so many new faces but also seeing their commercial clients having success with Nampara blood cattle and coming back. Despite the increase in their stud herd size they plan to continue to offer around 60 bulls at their on-property sale but Mr Hann said it would enable them to lift their quality by culling their heifers more heavily.
“We will have twice the number of heifers to pick from so will only need to retain half the heifers each year,” Stuart said. Elders auctioneer Ross Milne noted the strong competition throughout the catalogue. “Even though it was a good average everyone received good value with the sale true to the average and many bulls around the average price.” “They (the Hanns) are commercial cattlemen producing commercial cattle- good safe, honest, grassfed bulls which is what people want,” he said. Elders conducted the sale. Elders were the sole selling agent.
Livestock Editor and South East Journalist