Offered 48 49
Sold 41 49
Top $12,500 $10,000
Av $4134 $5735
By CATHERINE MILLER
AN outstanding 10-month-old bull calf by Te Mania Emperor E343 made the $12,500 equal top price at Angus Week.
The Hann family, Nampara stud, Penola was one of the first in Australia to offer bulls by Emperor at their fifth annual sale on Tuesday last week. Emperor was the highest selling bull at Te Mania’s 2011 bull sale, going for $91,000. The Emperor offering was the result of Nampara buying PTIC cows from the Murdeduke stud at Hamilton, Victoria last year which were for sale in their move to entirely spring calving.
This feature lot – a pick of five March/April 2012-drop sons of Emperor – was bought by Helen and Richard Cook and Jamie Gray, Argyllshire Angus stud, Penola.
They selected Nampara Emperor H83 which they will show at the Royal Adelaide Show in September before using him in their small stud of 20 cows. The 570-kilogram calf impressed with his thickness and length.
“We may only have a small stud but we breed the best we can,” Helen said.The sale topper had exceptional growth figures of +60 200 day weight, +104 400 day weight, and +128 600 day weight with an eye muscle figure of +5.9. The four other Emperor bulls will be retained within the Nampara stud.
It was a great example of the many genetic investments Nampara has made to further its stud.
The highest priced of the older April/May 2011-drop bulls was bought by Nigel and Megan Watson, Lucindale who paid $7500 for Nampara G61. The 870kg son of Raff Danny Boy D207 had the second highest raw EMA measurement in the catalogue at 120 square centimetres.At $7000, Nampara Guiness – an eye-appealing son of Vermillion Dateline – went to Carol Grylls, EJ Angus stud, Pakenham South, Vic.
The strength of the sale, though, was commercial support from the Lower South East to Broken Hill in western New South Wales.In the breakdown, 41 of the 48 bulls with great volume and above-breed average performance figures found new homes for a $4134 average. This was a solid result considering supply easily exceeded demand during Angus Week although it did represent a $1600 slide on the 2012 average.
The Dartmoor area in western Vic was particularly strong, with five bulls heading that way.New buyer Calindry Station via Broken Hill took home six bulls at the $3000 upset price after recent rain in the area to be volume buyer.
Stud principal Stuart Hann said it was good to be able to provide good bulls for better value this year.
“We are more than happy with the result and after the calf sales that have been we were really for it (lower prices),” he said.”We have had a couple of good years selling bulls so it was good to give everyone a real opportunity this year.”
He said breeding bulls for stud use was not their main aim but it was nice to see two bulls heading into studs.
Nampara Pastoral Company’s main business is producing MSA grass-fed steers and heifers as well as selling joined females which sold to a $1110 high at Naracoorte last month, but Stuart said they needed to increase their stud female numbers to have a more viable stud business.
After buying the Wittalocka stud herd last year, they now have 280 stud cows and hope to offer 60 to 70 bulls each year going forward.”It will allow us to really keep our quality up and the cows fit in well,” Mr Hann said.
Elders conducted the sale with Ross Milne as auctioneer.