Mansfield Courier

‘Homegrown’ bulls on offer at Riddellvue Angus

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IT’S a home-grown affair at this year’s second annual spring on-property bull sale at Riddellvue Angus.

All 30 bulls up for auction on September 8 at the Whanregarw­en property near Alexandra are sired by the stud’s very own walking bulls with not one AI sire in the sale line-up.

Stud principal Ian Bates anticipate­s the spring sale to match prior sale results with the solid range of bulls being offered in a strong market.

Ongoing border closures are not expected to impact the sale with most bulls selling to clients throughout Victoria.

“I think we are all getting very familiar with buying online so this will help our interstate buyers,” he said.

Mr Bates says there is great consistenc­y in the lineup of sale bulls who are by seven different sire groups.

Many of the bulls being offered are from Riddellvue Angus’s own walking bull sires including Bannaby Reality K63 and Te Mania Melfin.

“They’re both good female and bull producers,” Mr Bates said.

“I feel we have a really strong cow herd with a lot of influence from North and South Dakota.

“The strength of the cows

behind the bulls can’t be overlooked.”

Mr Bates says the sale group of bulls’ maternal lines proves the power of great genetics the stud has invested in and said “we are extremely lucky to have

a huge influence from the Anvil herd which was heavily built from USA genetics”.

Sons of sires include Merlewood Jarcevo M127, who is a Regent and A241 grandson, and last of the Anvil bloodline sires, Anvil N347 and Anvil Nox N392, along with Bellaspur Hallmark M83 and Riddellvue N329 are also featured throughout the catalogue.

Mr Bates said the 30 18-month bulls in the sale offered good value buying and ensures clients get good value for money.

“They have a great conformati­on, good feet and great structure,” he said.

“What makes these bulls on offer in September so good is that they are bred to breed good females and add depth to our clients’ herds.”

Investing in genomics and DNA verificati­on of parents is under way for the spring sale.

“We have submitted DNA samples on all females and sale bulls,” Mr Bates said.

“We are hoping the results will be available before the catalogue goes to print so clients can view the bulls’ genomic data and parent verificati­on.

“It’s been good to see repeat buyers coming back knowing that the bulls we sell stand up to all conditions, and if there is a problem they know that I’ll try my hardest to get the problem solved.”

The auction will be conducted by Nutrien Livestock and Elders, and online via AuctionsPl­us.

 ??  ?? ON FARM: Stud principal Ian Bates with young Angus bulls at Riddellvue.
ON FARM: Stud principal Ian Bates with young Angus bulls at Riddellvue.

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