Science sets the price at Te Mania Angus annual on-property bull sale

Pictured from left, Ruth Corrigan, Rennylea Angus, Tim Vincent, Booragal, Sinclair Munro, Booroomooka, James Laurie, Knowla, Tom Gubbins, Te Mania Angus, Jack Laurie, Knowla and Hamish McFarlane, Te Mania Angus.

Average: $13,035, Top: $65,000, Clearance 169/169

SCIENCE ruled at the annual Te Mania Angus on-property bull sale this week with buyers driven by extensive datasets going to a high of $65,000 to get the genetics they wanted.
In a catalogue built on generations of objective measurement, and creating Australian genetics for Australian conditions, Te Mania Angus offered and sold 169 bulls to buyers from around the country.
A trans-Tasman syndicate took out the top price bull for Lot 10, Te Mania Qontemplate Q1149. He is a beautifully balanced Te Mania Mojo son with outstanding frame, length and overall shape with figures across the board putting him at the pinnacle of Breedplan figures.
Other multi-state syndicates got together to pay $38,000 for Lot 147, a Te Mania Legend son and $30,000 for Lot 104, another cutting-edge son of Te Mania Kirby, Australia’s highest ranked Angus marbling sire.
Te Mania director Tom Gubbins said he was surprised at the large COVID crowd at the sale as he had expected this year would see more people opt to stay home and bid through AuctionsPlus.
“But it was still fantastic to see so many people shopping with science, relying on the massive dataset that now underpins the figures at Te Mania Angus,” Mr Gubbins said.
“While we believe it does reflect the current market, we also know it strongly reflects the work we have done here for generations with objective measurement and a commitment to embracing everything science and technology can add to the business.
“In many ways, you could say the digital age is now catching up to the pioneering work done in the Angus industry, which realised very early on that data would be king and the more accurate the data, the better the genetic profile.”
The top priced Mojo son – Te Mania Qontemplate Q1149 – is a 19-month-old bull with Breedplan figures of +135 for 600-day growth (breed average +114);+6.2 for EMA (breed average +6.0) and +3.7 for intramuscular fat (breed average 2.0).
The syndicate consisted of Knowla Livestock, Booragal, Twin Oaks New Zealand, Booroomooka Angus, Rennylea Angus, Kunuma Livestock, Dunoon Angus, JRGV and Gates Performance.
Knowla stud principal James Laurie said they were prepared to pay $65,000 because “they wanted the most impressive bull phenotypically in the catalogue”.
“He is a beautifully balanced bull with an outstanding data set to back that up,” Mr Laurie said.
“And he brings with him a proven Te Mania Angus pedigree on both sides.”
And while plenty of people made the trip to the stud’s Mortlake headquarters, AuctionsPlus helped put a rock-solid floor in the sale with 675 online bids, 34 active buyers and 44 lots, or 26 per cent of the catalogue, sold through the platform.

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