No bull as sale records fall

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS - KAROLIN MACGRE­GOR

RECORDS fell at this week's Tas­ma­nian bull sales as very strong de­mand saw prices soar to new lev­els.

The Archer fam­ily’s Land­fall An­gus cel­e­brated its 70th birth­day in style break­ing the state’s in­di­vid­ual an­i­mal auc­tion record twice.

Early in the sale Kansas Live­stock of Tam­worth set a Tas­ma­nian auc­tion record price pay­ing $32,000 for lot three.

This new record was later bro­ken by Con­norville Sta­tion at Cressy which pur­chased lot 23 Land­fall Re­al­ity M116 for $37,000.

The pre­vi­ous record was also held by Land­fall at $24,000.

Pur­chasers from New South Wales, Vic­to­ria, South Aus­tralia as well as King and Flin­ders Is­lands com­peted strongly with lo­cal buy­ers to pro­duce a sale av­er­age of $7414 for the 140 bulls sold.

Frank Archer said the fam­ily was very happy with the sale re­sults which saw a lower sale av­er­age due to a larger of­fer­ing of bulls this year.

“The thing we were most happy about is the sale gave our clients the op­por­tu­nity to buy some good value bulls,” he said.

“Last year when the sale av­er­age got up around $9000, there were some thoughts that our bulls were get­ting a lit­tle bit too ex­pen­sive, so that’s why we made the de­ci­sion to in­crease the num­ber this year.”

Mr Archer said the fam­ily had al­ready used the lot three bull in their herd and the top priced lot 23 bull was also very good qual­ity.

“You never re­ally know how things are go­ing to go on the day, but they were both very good bulls,” he said.

“We had some new clients this year and we al­ways wel­come those, but the re­peat clients is what our busi­ness is based on.

“A big part of what we do here at Land­fall is about the re­la­tion­ships we de­velop with peo­ple and how we can add value to their busi­ness.”

De­spite the lower cat­tle prices this year and a dry sea­son, Mr Archer, said there was solid un­der­ly­ing con­fi­dence across the beef in­dus­try.

He said wide­spread rain across most of the state in re­cent weeks would also help boost pro­ducer con­fi­dence.

DB Har­vey from King Is­land com­peted strongly dur­ing the sale pur­chas­ing two bulls at $19,000 and $16,000.

TRT Pas­toral bid well all day to pur­chase 14 bulls for their King Is­land oper­a­tion top­ping at $10,000.

The Tiree Trust Flin­ders Is­land also pur­chased 14 bulls at the sale.

The stud also of­fered 50 spe­cially se­lected fe­males.

There were 48 fe­males sold mak­ing an av­er­age of $4345.

Top price was $7000 for a ris­ing two-year-old heifer which was pur­chased by DW & JC Reid from Bam­bri in Vic.

RD & DJ Belcher, from Bo­long in Vic­to­ria paid $6500 also for a ris­ing two-year-old heifer. while Bow­mont An­gus from Tatyoo in Vic­to­ria also paid $6500 for Land­fall J927.

Tas­ma­nian Breed­ers Plat­inum An­gus of Pipers River and Echo Cot­tage of Le­mont both pur­chased five fe­males at the sale to a top of $5500.

Thirty five of the 48 lots sold went main­land buy­ers, with many of these op­er­at­ing through Auc­tions Plus.

At the The Hughes fam­ily’s Clu­den Newry sale a new sys­tem was used for the first time show­ing each lot by video rather than run­ning them through the ring.

The change was well re­ceived and buy­ers paid up to a top of $14,000 with bulls go­ing to New South Wales, Vic­to­ria as well as King and Flin­ders Is­lands.

The top priced bull was sold to lo­cal buyer Echo Cot­tage of Le­mont, who also paid $11,000 for an­other bull

The 5 Star Cat­tle Co from Tam­worth in NSW paid the sec­ond top price at $12,000

Mill­wood Pas­toral at King Is­land were strong bid­ders pur­chas­ing five bulls to $11,000 with Na­tive Point of Perth se­cur­ing two bulls to a top of $10,000

The vol­ume buyer on the day was Sat­tler Pas­toral at Brid­port which pur­chas­ing 10 bulls

All up 62 of the 69 bulls of­fered were sold mak­ing an av­er­age of $6,161.

Due to the Easter break the re­main­ing bull sales re­sults from this week will be in­cluded in next Fri­day’s Tas­ma­nian Coun­try.

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