On Friday night we attended the very commercially relevant Royal Agriculture Sydney Beef Challenge Feeder Carcase Awards held at the Powerhouse Hotel, Tamworth NSW. With only heifers to enter this year's 10th RAS Beef Challenge, the 200th year of the Royal Sydney Show and our 8th Consecutive year of the Challenge, our Angus heifers performed extremely well in the performance and MSA eating quality awards of the competition. 
After taking out 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings for Live assessment as well as having the highest Daily Weight Gains at the Field Day a few weeks ago, our purebred Angus heifers recorded the highest MARBLE score up to 7 (or MSA marble score of 970 pts) while the entire competition scored 0 or 1 for marbling (which correlates to MSA scores in the 300s) and to top it off we had a heifer (sired by Texas NASA) record the largest EMA of 103cm of the entire competition against crossbred steers with the added advantage of hybrid vigour!! This heifer pen recorded the 2nd highest EMA’s of the entire competition which we believe is incredible particularly when competing against high profile crossbred steers!

The highlight of the night was when we were awarded the rare RAS GOLD medal for Eating Quality which requires all 6 individuals (in our case heifers) scoring all over 62 points for MSA Index which is no easy feat. Our winning pen averaged an incredible MSA Index of 65.15 and up to 69.24 for an individual heifer which is MASSIVE!! It was our first RAS Gold medal and the RAS Beef Challenge rarely award these GOLD medals as to get all six head to score over 62 points for MSA Index is incredibly difficult, so you can imagine how excited we were to finally receive this highly prestigious award! Also our other 3 Export pens of heifers were all awarded Bronze medals for MSA Eating Qulaity. We regard this as a massive achievement and our emphasis on meat quality in our breeding program is really kicking goals! On top of these achievements we also took out the Reserve Champion Export Individual.


2022 Bull Sale 28th July 12pm - 216 BULLS SELL!!

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This year we have increased our sale draft another 40 bulls to sell the largest line up of the history of Texas Angus - 216 bulls! As we always say the last bull is as good as the first bull if not better and this year Lot 216 is a cracker which shows the depth, consistency and quality of this year's line up. We will be offering 33 Poss MAVERICK sons including ICEMAN flush brothers, remember MAVERICK is exclsuive only to Texas and you won't find these sherman tanks anywhere else. We are the first stud in Australia to be offering large lines of Varilek GEDDES and Sydgen BONUS, the calving specialists that have PHENOTYPE, POWER, PERFORMANCE & PROFITABILITY.








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Texas Shines Again at 2021 Feeder and Carcase Trials across Australia

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We continue to bench mark our breeding program by competing in Australia's highly prestigious feeder and carcase trials against some of the best seedstock and commercial beef producers through out Australia. Last year, we ended up entering in 3 Feeder/Carcase trials including RAS Beef Challenge NSW, EKKA RNA Paddock to Palate QLD and Beef Australia's ANZ National Carcase Competition QLD with our drought born and weaned progeny. The sole reason for us entering these competitions is to access our data and see the comparisons of where our breeding program sits against not only Angus but all other breeds and crosses. This information, particularly the profit section is analysed and provides us direction in our breeding program.  For the first time Texas Angus entered the RNA Paddock to Palate and achieved results we never dreamed of, see below.

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After a year of hiatus, The Sydney Royal Beef Challenge was back and once again Texas Angus dominated the podium. Of the 8 championship broad ribbons on offer Texas Angus took home 5! Texas Angus was awarded the following

  • Champion 70 Day Domestic Pen
  • Reserve Champion 70 Day Domestic Pen
  • Champion Domestic 70 Day Individual
  • Reserve Champion 70 Day Individual
  • Champion 100 Day Export Pen
  • Highest Marbling Pen for Domestic & Export & Individual

Once again Texas Angus took out the profitability section of both the domestic and export section of competition which is our 6th consecutive year! We won the most profitable pen for Domestic Pen (1st, 2nd & 3rd) as well as taking out the daily weight gain of the individual section (1st, 2nd, 3rd). On top of this we also won the most profitable export pen and the eating quality of an export individual animal.

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(Lachie, Kate Cowan, Rosie & Will Mayne displaying this years placing in the Feeder/Carcase Trials)

We have always been focused on profitability in our breeding program and it's heartening to be rewarded with our 6th year of winning this all important section of the feeder carcase trial. We have always said every facet of the beef industry needs to make money whether it's the breeder, the backgrounder, the feeder, processor and at point of sale. So we believe it is paramount as a seedstock breeder we should be aiming for this in a breeding program and we have been working at this for quite some time!

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Grand Champion 100 Day Export Pen (Steers)

The Champion Texas Domestic 70 Day Pen was $1,851.29 more profitable than the lowest pen and $935.19 more profitable than the average pen. The most profitable animal (Texas heifer) was $928.33 more profitable than the lowest individual.  When you crunch the dollars you can see why genetics that can outperform in the feedlot are worth a lot of money to feedlotters especially with the margins of cattle prices and feed cost are eroding. Also our Champion Pen and Reserve Champion Pen had the highest marble score pen for the domestic competition. Our winning Champion Export Pen also proved to be super profitable $1,859.02 more profitable than the lowest pen of the competition. Both our Champion and Reserve Champion Domestic Pens had the highest marble score and our Champion Export Pen had the highest marbling pen and individual of the competition.

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Grand Champion 70Day Domestic Pen (Heifers)

2021 RNA Padock to Palate - EKKA Cecil Plains QLD

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2nd placed steers in Class 40 RNA Paddock to Palate

Last year, was Texas Angus's first time entering the EKKA's RNA Paddock to Palate competition with 2 pens in Class 40 - 100 Day Export HGP Free Class. We scrapped the barrel and found 14 steers that just slipped in the weight range and really wasn't expecting anything special as these steers were weaned at 3 weeks of age during the drought!  But to be placed 2nd and 6th in the daily weight gain section at the field day against 203 steers which was a complete surprise for us and snagging a ribbon first up is apparently very unusual.  To miss the blue ribbon by 0.065kgs/day with our pen averaging 2.18kgs/day that was 0.8kgs/day more than the lowest pen or 0.33kgs/day greater than the average of the class. But to then to end up being placed to 2nd and 4th to the Champion Pen against was an incredible day for us.  We are hoping COVID doesn't cancel any of this year's presentations as we believe these very industry relevant events are an excellent avenue for like minded breeders to congregate and celebrate the success of breeders achievements.

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Ben receiving our first ever Paddock to Palate ribbon placing 2nd in ADWG & Ben with the Varidel Family

It was icing on the cake to have clients such as the Varidel family who also were first time entrants, winning the eating quality section of Class 37 with Texas progeny and Aurelian Pastoral taking out the Champion Pen of Class 38!  

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After our success in the 2018 Beef Australia Carcase trial we entered more pens last year and we were thrilled with our results.  Texas Angus had 2 pens that were the equal highest for marble score in the Grain Fed Export 300-420kg Class and this class is always the biggest and most highly competitive of Australia's largest Feeder and Carcase Competition and this result is certainly providing us our genetics that are the bottom end of our herd are performing extremely well against some of Australia's best producers around the country that can select their highest performing animals. They were competing against a class size of 285 animals.

We also had 2 pens in the Class 5 Grainfed Heavy Trade 260 - 340kgs that were equal second for the highest marble score out of 138 animals across that came from all over Australia. One of these pens placed 7th in their class just missing a ribbon.

Texas Sires Clean up 2022 Virbac Weaner Challenge - 7,000hd

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.

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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. 

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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)

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To sell 295 lots of bulls and females in 24 hours was an ambitious idea and our decision not to video the single lots purely because we didn't have the "man power" was a gamble to say the least!  However, our 2 day marathon sale on the 29th and 30th July was one we will never forget and is what dreams are made of!  We never believed in our wildest dreams we would sell 295 bulls and females to average $17,954 let alone break the Angus top priced record with a 15 month old Maverick son, Texas ICEMAN R725, selling for an incredible $225,000. It's still unfathomable to think we would break the Australian Angus bull sale average record with 181/181 bulls selling for an incredible $20,967 average plus on top of that for ICEMAN to break the Australian All Breeds Yearling Bull Sale Record Price at 15 months of age that still stands today. 

Buyers came from every state of Australia except for NT and 33 bulls went into studs in WA, VIC, NSW, TAS, QLD & SA. 
Macka's Black Australian Beef, Gloucester, NSW in partnership with Genetics Australia won the bidding war and paid $225,000 for Lot 7 Texas ICEMAN R725. This smashed the stud's previous record of $108,000 last year that was paid for Texas POWERPLAY P613. ICEMAN is sired by the highly sort after Poss Maverick (pictured above) whose genetics have been in huge demand around the world with a son recently topping the US 2021 bull price with a massive price tag of $1,242,235! ICEMAN's dam Texas UNDINE H647 needs no introduction being the dam of Texas POWERPLAY P613 and has now sold 19 sons for a whopping average of $36,000. All 9 Maverick sons were snapped up for an average of $50,000 and his 2 heifers averaged $31,500 in the female sale the following day. Texas TOP GUN R66 also a MAVERICK son and who sold as pick or pair with ICEMAN was sold for $55,000 to Mundarlo Angus (sight unseen pictured below) in conjunction with Worldwide Sires Australia, TOP GUN was a maternal brother to Texas EARNAN L612 who was sold for a sale record of $56,000 back in 2017. 

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The second top price was Lot 142 Texas QUALITY TIME Q549 (pictured above with Ben and Wendy) was sold for $58,000 to return stud client Little Meadows Angus, WA. The Golding family purchased last year's second top price Texas ASHLAND Q029 for $42,000 and were happy to return to add to their sire battery with another Texas bull. Quality Time Q549 is a Karoo Knockout son out of the very classy female Texas UNDINE L621. She is definitely proving her keep with her sons averaging $39,000 so far and earned her worth to enter the donor program. The equal third top price was for Texas MOE R700 (pic below) who sold for $55,000 to Prime Angus, VIC. Other studs that were in the mix included Onslow Angus, Nampara Angus, Monterary Angus, Medlyn Angus and Yerwal Angus to name a few.  While one of the biggest bulls of the sale was snapped up by Michael Smith of Woodenbong NSW for $54,000 and was purchased for his performance in growth rates, added frame and phenotype.  

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Both Queensland and NSW buyers battled it out for the majority of the bulls with the volume buyer being Fucheng Woodlands, Westmar QLD who took home 8 bulls. The genuine support from so many repeat buyers was humbling.  We are still were overwhelmed in having over 200 registered bidders and 900+ viewers through Elite Auctions for the bull sale day.  The Texas Program has been built around profitability, performance and having strong maternal lines that produce progeny that can survive and thrive in most environments where most Angus don't. They are continually identifying higher yielding more profitable genetic lines with added marbling that are the most efficient in the paddock and or in the feedlot converting grass or grain with the fastest weight gains that hit market specifications and produce a desirable eating experience. 


The following day saw records tumble for the stud and buyers came from afar to purchase Texas females. Lot 26 Texas UNDINE M508 with an outstanding heifer calf at foot topped at $65,000 and 107 lots averaged $13,069 which is Angus Australia's second highest sale average ever. Texas Undine M508 was an outstanding female and being a flush sister to Texas MOUNT K2 ($45,000) and Texas MT KAPUTAR M100's ($44,000) attracted Boambee Angus, NSW and instantly fell in love with her as soon as they laid eyes on her.  The Duncan Family put together a lovely draft of 7 young females for an average $20,300. The full sister to Texas UNDINE M508, Lot 74 Texas UNDINE M533 sold for $30,000 to Merit Farms, NSW.


Equal second top price was knocked down for $45,000 for Lot 41 Texas UNDINE M113 that sold with a classy heifer at foot to Tony Rutter, NSW. Mr Rutter purchased 3 cows for this donor program for an average of $28,000. An eighteen month old GAR Ashland daughter, Lot 53 Texas UNDINE Q258, sold to Don McRae for $45,000 which also added to his total of 5 females for the day. The yearling heifers were in hot demand with 5 averaging $22,200.  Lot 107 Texas Toque R220 (pictured above), the first Sydgen Bonus progeny to sell in Australia, was sold to Moorunga Angus, VIC for $34,000. Moorunga Angus went on secure 11 females for their Victorian stud for an average of $18,500.

It was worth noting the 13 year old, Lot 27 Texas TOQUE D035 sold with an outstanding Varilek Geddes bull calf at foot sold for $28,000 to repeat buyer client Danny Andrews, NSW and also Lot 43 Texas OMNIA F204 with a cracking bull calf was also snapped up a King Island breeder Rob Skipworth for also $28,000.

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Ben, Wendy & Hayden would like to sincerely thank Bailey Gardner, Sam Parish, GTSM, BJA, ELA, Bovine Breeders, Danni MacCue Photography, Apex Warialda, Falls Transport, Winwave Communication, Studstock Sales, The Land Newspaper for all their contributions to make the 2 day sales so successful.

To see the sale video of the bull sale CLICK HERE and the female sale CLICK HERE. These videos were produced by Danni MacCue Photography

For The LAND article click below.  

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It is unfathomable to think we would break the Australian Angus bull sale average record with 181/181 bulls selling for an incredible $20,967 average plus on top of that breaking the Australian All Breeds Bull Sale Record Price for a 15 months and younger yearling bull which still stands today. 

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