Plenty of buying options at Te Mania
Reports Ian Turner, Stock & Land, Thursday March 10, 2016

133 of 140 bulls sold to $23,000 twice, av $7353
A top of $23,000 was achieved twice at a sizzling Te Mania sale at Mortlake last Wednesday, 2nd March, when 133 bulls averaged $7353 in a 95% clearance.
This was a terrific result for the Gubbins and McFarlane families, achieving an increase of $1000 in top price from last year and an $818 lift in the average price.
Co-principal Tom Gubbins said, “While it was satisfying to see our genetics being purchased at top levels by successful stud and commercial herds that have such a strong focus on performance and consumer demands, it was also very pleasing to see commercial producers at all levels getting access to affordable genetics that still rank in the top percentiles of the breed.”
That top end saw 25 bulls exceeding $10,000, including three over $20,000.

The first major highlight was achieved just two lots in when the 762kg and 19 month old Te Mania Kasbah K388 (AI) (ET) was offered. Sired by TC Aberdeen 759, this bull had top of breed rankings over many of its EBVs plus all four of the $ indices. An eye muscle area EBV of 12.3, 400 day weight of +95 and calving ease attributes for daughters at +3.2 and birth weight at just 1.9 were highlights.
Shane and Jodie Foster, Boonaroo Angus, Casterton won a rapid fire bidding duel at $23,000 to take this much admired bull home.
“Kasbah is also an ideal outcross for our herd, and he stood out with his frame, structural excellence and temperament, plus his data suggests he could have a huge impact on the industry,” Mr Foster said.
“We loved this bull for his incredible length and ability to carry muscle right through a strong topline and down through his hindquarter, while still retaining so much softness and do-ability.

“We feel he is the type of bull that can transform a herd; a real game changer,” Ms Foster said.

Greg and Sally Chappell, Dulverton Angus, Glen Innes with Tom Gubbins and equal top price bull Te Mania Kilkenny K912
Greg and Sally Chappell, Dulverton Angus, Glen Innes with Tom Gubbins and equal top price bull Te Mania Kilkenny K912

It was not until lot 58 that the other equal high selling bull was knocked down at $23,000 to Greg and Sally Chappell, Dulverton Angus, Glen Innes, NSW. Mr Chappell said Te Mania Kilkenny K912 (AI), sired by Te Mania Governor G576 (AI) ticked all the boxes of sound structure, temperament, calving ease and adequate growth.
“We were shopping around for another top sire with a focus on eating qualities, and the strength of this herd for carcase trait bulls is widely recognised.
“The success of this bull’s sire line gave us the confidence to travel down from Glen Innes.
“The added bonus was its dam is a Mittagong family cow and our first cow about 30 years ago was Te Mania Mittagong C65; so it was going back to our successful roots in a way while also gaining the performance levels of his outcross sire.

Sam Coulton, buying for his family trading as Morella Agriculture, Goondiwindi, Qld was back in force at both the top end and volume buying stakes. He purchased 12 bulls, including four over $10,000 and averaged $9583 to be the highest individual bull buyer. Included was Te Mania Kingfield K1019 (AI) (ET) at $16,000, the other equal highest IMF scoring bull, also by Tuwharetoa Regent D145.
Balmoral Park, through Elders Yea were strong bidders in the top half, purchasing three outstanding bulls to $21,000 and averaging $16,333.Their top purchase, Te Mania Kelsey K565 (AI) (ET) and sired by Tuwharetoa Regent D145 had massive EBVs for growth up to +126 for 600 day weight, eye muscle at +7.3, and intramuscular fat at +4.0, the equal highest IMF in the catalogue.
In a unique sale set-up prospective buyers are able to sit in a barn and watch the sale on screen to bid, or walk amongst the lots being offered in the holding pens via spotters with two way radio connection to the auctioneer, or via Auctions Plus from locations around the country.
On Auctions Plus 55 bidders logged in from around the country and were successful in purchasing 14 bulls at a $5429 average.
Cameron Hilton, Corcoran Parker, Wodonga contributed strongly to the result with five clients who collectively purchased 20 bulls, average $5000 average.
“Our clients are looking at structure, IMF and 600 day weight in particular for steers to go into feedlots. They were all impressed with what was on offer,” Mr Hilton said.
Siblings John and Marisa Bergamin, Bergamin Pastoral Co, Willow Grove and buying through Landmark Pakenham’s Peter Brewer were strong bidders, purchasing four bulls, average $10,000.
Other prominent buyers included DJ Thompson Trust, Bellbrook, with six bulls to $12,000 and at a $9167 average, and the TRT Transport Group, through Elders Yea, who purchased five bulls to $14,000 and at an $8800 average.

The Team Te Mania online commercial female sale was held the previous evening, with 540 of the 566 Angus females offered clearing. The sale offered high quality females from New England in NSW, throughout Victoria, and across to Tailem Bend in SA through Auctions Plus. The system continues to build momentum, with Te Mania reporting 3280 catalogue views for this sale and 58 bidders logged in to buy.

Rodney McKenzie, Corcoran Parker, Corryong, Cameron Hilton, CP Wodonga, James McCormack Te Mania Angus, James Cleeland, CP Mansfield
Corcoran Parker’s Rodney McKenzie (Corryong), Cameron Hilton (Wodonga) , James Cleeland (Mansfield) with James McCormack, Te Mania Angus
Ross Milne and Brian Leslie 4
Ross Milne, Elders and Brian Leslie, Auctioneer at the Te Mania Angus Autumn Bull Sale
Breakfast DP and Tom (2)
David Plant, Southern Cross Genetics cooking eggs and bacon, with Tom Gubbins