A syndicate of six covering four states secured the $42,000 top-priced lot at the annual Te Mania Angus autumn on-property sale on Wednesday.
Spearheaded by Rennylea, Culcairn NSW and Pathfinder, Penshurst Victoria, the syndicate fought hard to secure Lot 9 – Te Mania Newly N549.
The ET son of Te Mania Jenkins J89 and donor dam Te Mania Lowan J464 now has owners in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Western Australia.
Syndicate spokesman Bryan Corrigan, Rennylea, said the impressive young sire would be kept at Pathfinder and shared with Booroomooka, Bingara NSW, Little Meadows, Crooked Brook WA, Khancoban Station, KhancobanNSW and McRae Pastoral at Goondiwindi in Queensland.
Bryan said the “well-muscled and quiet” bull would be “an excellent fit with the breeding programs” of his new owners.
“We were particularly impressed with his calving ease, growth and carcase figures, and we will be looking for him to deliver on that,” he said.
The top-priced bull was the highlight of the sale which averaged $7266 and saw bulls sell to six states.
Te Mania Angus director Tom Gubbins said “we are seeing a real phase in Australia where the industry is grasping quantitative genetics. Processors are paying more for marbling and using big data to draft PICs. Beef producers are choosing big data from Te Mania Angus to be drafted the right way.”
Several clients put together large lines of bulls including TRT pastoral, who purchased 17 bulls, to a high of $9000, for their operations on King Island and Mansfield.
King Island manager Cody Whiteman said they wanted the Te Mania Angus bulls for their proven performance of boosting marbling and adding to the fat cover of their steers.
Cobden, Victoria, heifer trader Mark Johns said he was happy to capitalise on the power of the Te Mania Angus brand.
Putting together a draft of 11 bulls to a high of $8000 (twice) and average of $6180, Mark said he traded in heifers, buying them in, joining them to Te Mania Angus bulls and marketing them PTIC.
He said marketing cows carrying Te Mania Angus genetics was “certainly an attraction for purchasers”.
Other sale highlights included Lot 5, Te Mania Nehill N377, going to Woonallee in conjunction with Nampara Angus, South Australia for $20,000 as the second highest price of the day with longtime client Ardenside Angus at Tooma paying $15,000 for Lot 7 Te Mania Nevair N475 and $9000 for Lot 106, Te Mania Neoteny N1175.
Frederick Hill took six bulls to a high of $12,000 and average of $9,333.
Tom said like many in the catalogue, the top-priced bull Te Mania Newly N549 was highly ranked across the EBVs and $ Indexes.
“He was in the top one per cent of Angus Group Breedplan for calving ease direct and calving ease maternal and milk and in the top five pc for gestation length, birth weight, 400-day weight, 600-day weight, scrotal size, carcase weight, intra-muscular fat (IMF) and all four Angus selection indices and top 10 pc for eye muscle area (EMA),” Tom said.
Te Mania Angus combined with Elders Ltd, Dick Smith Transport and Sapien Technology to donate $6,000 from proceeds of the bull sale to Blaze Aid’s “Wire & Post Fund” for NQ Flood Relief. A further $2,200 was contributed by Team Te Mania vendors and Team Te Mania, following the Online Female sale on Friday.