BY KATE PEARCE, THE LAND, August 20, 2015
THE Spring Northern sale for Te Mania Angus reached a high of $18,000 and averaged $6727 at Walgett last Tuesday.
That’s a $2000 increase on last year’s top price of $16,000, and more than $1400 up on the 2014 average.
The stands were full with 42 registered bidders clearing all 105 bulls on offer.
The sale fired early with the first eight lots not dipping below $10,000.
David Reid and Dennis Power, Minnamurra Pastoral Company, Boggabri, held the winning $18,000 bid for Te Mania Jannali J471.
Topping sales ran in the family with Jannali J471’s full flush brother Te Mania Jarmyn J575 selling for the $22,000 highest price at Te Mania’s March sale in Mortlake, Victoria.
Jannali J471 was sired by Tuwharetoa Regent D145 and from Te Mania Wargoona E288.
Minnamurra Pastoral Company also purchased the second-highest priced bull Te Mania Jink J1164 for $16,000.
The team from Minnamurra purchased 10 bulls in total to average $12,350.
Daryl and Grant Ford, Ford Cattle Company, Tea Gardens, purchased 10 bulls to a top of $11,000 for Te Mania Jennings J921.
Mr Ford, who had attended the sale for four years, was after Tuwharetoa Regent D145 sons, with seven of the bulls he bought by the renowned sire.
“Regent’s sons are throwing the type of cattle we are after,” he said.
Elders livestock agent Anthony Triggs, Goondiwindi, Queensland, was there on behalf of his local clients and purchased 17 bulls.
These clients included Ben Coulton Family Trust, R. and V. Cranny, and Duddy Management Pty Ltd, all of Goondiwindi.
Ten of the 17 bulls sold to Duddy Management, topping at $7500.
Micheal O’Brien, Brigalows Pastoral Company, Carinda, bought seven bulls to put with his 1200 Angus cows.
Grant Davis, Pee Dee Creek, Bellbrook, bought two bulls he has an all Angus operation and has been using Te Mania bulls for about eight years.
“I like Te Mania for the temperament and are quality for building a good female herd,” he said
“The steers have excellent growth rates and good marbling.”
Te Mania co-principal Hamish McFarlane was happy with the way the bulls presented.
“We had bulls at both ends of the market and they sold to strong support from both repeat clients and new ones.”
The Te Mania bulls went to properties in South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and NSW.
The sale was conducted by Clemson Hiscox and Company, Walgett, with auctioneers Tony Dowe and Paul Dooley, sharing the rostrum.
Mr Dowe sold for many years for Te Mania, including 20 years for the sale at Mortlake, Vic, and passed the reins onto Mr Dooley two years ago.