140/140 bull sold, topped at $34,000 to average $9,386
Ben Mayne announced at the end of the sale that “Scomo was right, miracles can happen and thank God for Queensland!”
Buyers and under bidders came from every state in Australia to watch a total clearance of 140 bulls offered to top at $34,000 and average an incredible $9,386. Both Ben and Wendy Mayne were elated with the sale result and believed it was their best result to date considering most of Australia is experiencing such extreme drought conditions. They were so overwhelmed with the Queensland support, they immediately announced after the sale a donation $1,000 to the Sisters of the North Charity for the flood affected cattle graziers in North West Queensland.
Return Queensland commercial buyers were dominant at the sale taking 116 bulls across the border, while NSW, VIC, SA and WA all competed fiercely for the remaining bulls. Lot 74 Texas Western Express N505(AI)(ET) took top honours of selling for $34,000 to the highly recognised Western Australian Angus stud Koojan Hills. The 918kg son of Bangadang Western Express E10 out of Texas’s matriarch donor Texas Undine Z183 ticked all the boxes for the Metcalfe family. He had phenotype, weight for age, the numbers and a history second to none. There were a total 5 flush brothers in the sale that average $18,200 with one being retained for stud duties. His dam Z183 has sold close to $850,000 in progeny without including semen sales of her sons!
The Metcalfe family were so impressed with the Texas program they couldn’t resist buying Texas’s highest ever performing bull to sell through the ring, Texas Pocock P046(AI). Like the Wallaby Player he was named after he is “one hell of a beast” with ADG 1.57kgs/day, weighing 876kgs with a moderate birth weight combined with huge growth, carcase, temperament and A1 structure. Describe as a REAL power bull that would inject serious weight into any herd.
Second top price was $32,000 for Lot 13 Texas Horse Power N229(AI) who was snapped up by South Australia’s Nampara Angus Stud who returned after purchasing in 2017. He was one of Ben’s picks of the sale and Stu and Nat Hann fell in love with N229’s sheer volume, muscling and like his name serious Horse Power. The 964kg son of Coonamble H176 and a grandson of Z183. With a 1.35kgs/day weight gain +8.8 EMA and +137 for 600 day he stood out. 13 sons of Coonamble H176 had a healthy average of $11,300.
Volume buyer of the day was return client TVF Pastoral from Clermont in central QLD who took home a great draft of 13 bulls to a top of $14,000 for Lot 85 Texas Proceed N170 to average just under $9,000. Repeat commercial breeders Charlie and Jane Underwood of Moura QLD took home the third top priced bull Texas Mountain Man N518(AI)(ET) for $28,000 who was a son of Texas Mount K2 out of the leading donor team Texas Pride E30. It should be noted E30 has now sold 14 bulls for an average of $14,000. While the Kemp family from Backall QLD who have bought previously took home 11 bulls paying up to $25,000 for Lot 60 Texas Mountain Man N122(AI), $20,000 for the Lot 18 Texas Nights Watch N558(AI)(ET) and averaged just under $13,000.
Long term client of 21 years, Dave and Helen Lonegan of Mungindi NSW who has bought every year secured the 908kg Lot 77 Texas Discovery N522(AI)(ET) for $20,000. Dave believes this is the year to heavily invest in the top end of the sale in preparation of having quality genetics when the drought does break. This was his largest outlay for one bull in all the 21 years of buying! All 3 flush brothers of Lot 77 averaged just under $19,000 and N522’s dam Texas Toque J605’s 9 bulls sold at auction are currently averaging $15,500.
Ben and Wendy Mayne believe so many repeat commercial buyers returned this year was due to the fact the Texas bulls are renowned for surviving and thriving where many Angus bulls can’t. They were extremely proud of this year’s line-up for the consistency and being true to type. The general comment on the day was that the bulls present were not overdone with feed and the natural fleshing, thickness and muscularity across the draft was very impressive. The demand for the Texas paddock bulls has been incredibly strong with over half sold in 48 hours.
Ben and Wendy also believed their successful sale was a combined team effort with their dedicated staff member Hayden Chappel, their agents BJA, GDL, GTSM, Brenton Session, Falls Transport and Warialda APEX. All three Auctioneers including Michael Glasser, Lincoln McKinlay and Pete Brazier did an amazing job and without doubt would be the best in the business.