With a record yarding of 7,000 hd at this year’s Virbac Weaner Challenge at Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange, it was an absolute thrill to see Texas Angus bulls siring 3 of the 4 winning pens. Texas clients, George and Ali Duddy of Hudson Framing, Willowtree, NSW took top honours with their outstanding Angus pen of steers winning overall champion pen. These steers were described by Peter Baldwin, the Judge and CEO of the Australian Livestock and Property Agents, as “an outstanding line and blue blood genetics” and complimented the Duddy’s on “their selection of bulls”. These wining steers were by a draft of bulls the Duddy family purchased at our 2020 Bull Sale with Ian Morgan of Ian Morgan Livestock.
Not to be outshone, once again Texas Angus’s long term client, Tony & Tanya Haling of Woolbrook NSW won the Champions heifer Pen and also the runner up heifer pen. It was the 8th year of the Virbac Weaner Challenge and the Halings have won the Overall Champion Pen for 4 years and runner up for 3 years and to see their names itched on the honour board at the Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange is an absolute credit to their solid breeding program and continued selection of high growth Texas bulls!
It was humbling for Wendy, Hayden and Will to watch the success of both breeders considering the huge number and outstanding quality of this year’s weaners and is a real credit to both families focused breeding programs.
The Duddy Campion Weaner Steers sold to $2,450/hd and their heifer pen sold to $2,330/d (2nd Top Price) while the Halings large draft of 7-9mth heifers sold for $2,330/hd (3rd Top Price)