The Autumn on property bull sale for Te Mania Angus reached a sale high of $22,000, and an average of $6,535 for 141 bulls, at Mortlake on Wednesday, March 4th.
The sale began at a frenetic pace, with the first 20 lots selling for an average of $9,000. A large crowd of over 250 packed the selling arena in the woolshed, where they followed the sale on the screen.
Action was coming from some bidding in the pens being transferred into the main selling arena, and through AuctionsPlus, who had 52 bidders logged into the sale.
Bulls were sold locally, through Gippsland and central Victoria, with interstate purchases to NSW, Queensland, South Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and King Island.
Tom Gubbins said “I was very pleased with the progeny of homebred sire, Te Mania Berkley B1, and the progeny of his daughters who are now performing so well for the Stud. The 17 sons of Berkley sold for an average of $7,500.
“Three sons of the record-breaking Te Mania Emperor E343, averaged $11,000, and we were very pleased with the new introduced sire, GAR Twin Hearts, whose 7 sons sold to $21,000, for an average of $8,428. The 29 sons of Tuwharetoa Regent D145, averaged $7,879.
Long term client, Pee Dee Creek of Bellbrook, NSW, had to wait until Lot 105, to snare Te Mania Jarmyn J575, an outstanding son of Regent for the top price.
Manager Grant Davis said “Lot 105 was my number 1 pick, because he had very powerful and balanced EBVs across all traits, combined with excellent confirmation and temperament. He had a great front end which makes him ideal to go over heifers, and will help to lower some of the birth weights in the herd.”
Grant said “Te Mania Angus cattle have been so honest, good to handle and easy-doing. We have just come through a very, very tough 12 months, and I am amazed at how well they have managed the dry conditions.”
Sam Coulton of Morella Agriculture travelled from Goondiwindi to select a battery of future sires with Gerard Ryan, for long term clients the Coulton family.
Sam purchased 11 bulls, including $21,000 Lot 40, Te Mania Jaal J2 by outcross sire GAR Twinhearts 8418. Te Mania Jaal J2, boasted EBVs in the top 1% of the Angus Breed for Calving Ease (direct), Gestation Length, 200-D Weight, 400-D Weight, 600-D Weight, and all four of the $Indexes, including an Angus Breeding Index of $153.
Sam also purchased 4 sons of Tuwharetoa Regent D145, on the back of the success they have had with the bulls previously purchased by Regent.
Sam said “the progeny of these bulls have been outstanding in a very tough season – with weaning weights of 280-320kgs at 7-8 months. Added to this, they have been selling direct to Rangers Valley at 16-18 months, at 420-500kgs, with some exceeding these targets and being sold straight over the hooks.”
Sam said “working with the Te Mania bloodlines has resulted in feedlots actively seeking Morella cattle.”
Long term clients, the Prowse family of Violet Town, purchased 7 bulls, selected by Elizabeth Prowse, and Manager Ray Penburthy and Rex Bennett of Elders Wangaratta.
Te Mania Angus principals Tom Gubbins and Hamish McFarlane were united in saying “this sale has achieved an excellent resuolt for both our clients, and for Te Mania Angus.
We are heartened to be rewarded for the program we run, testing our cattle under true commercial conditions, and using that feedback to finetune our genetic selections.