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Texas Defies the Odds

Facing the worst drought on record, Ben and Wendy were very concerned during the lead up to the sale of whether buyers were needing bulls in such a trying season. They knew they had the largest number and most even line up they had ever presented and were completely taken by surprise with the result.

With only standing room, Texas Angus achieved a full clearance of 138 bulls that topped at $32,000 and averaged $11,580. Principal Ben Mayne was blown away with the result.

"Never in my wildest dreams did we believe we could achieve such a result in this horrendous drought" Ben Said. "The general comment on the day was the evenness of the bulls, structure, fleshing and temperament. Our goal for many years of breeding was that if a buyer missed Lot 10 in the sale he or she would still be happy to buy the last lots of the sale."

Lot 49 Texas Hector N046(AI)(ET), a Coonamble Hector son was the topped priced bull weighing in at 818kgs with an average weight gain of 1.41kgs/day was knocked down to a syndicate of repeat buyers including Murdeduke Angus, Winchelsea Victoria and commercial producer John & Jen Hurley of Goondwindi QLD. Since the sale Semex Pty Ltd(an International Semen Company) has formed a joint venture with John & Jen Hurley, Murdeduke Angus and Texas Angus to market N46 worldwide, particularly in the North American market.

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Ben Mayne, John & Jen Hurley, Wendy Mayne, Michael Glasser GTSM & Andrew Wardel GDL St George

The maternal background of N46 is incredibly strong. His dam Texas Undine H647(AI)(ET) is a daughter of the great Texas Undine Z183 who has sold almost $700,000 of bulls and like her mother, H647's 5 sons are in demand and currently averaging $18,000. N46 was in the top 5% for all growth traits, Top 2% for NFI-F and Docility and Top 1% for EMA.

His 2 full brothers were hotly contested with Lot 50 Texas Hector N027(AI)(ET) (770kgs) selling to Granite Ridge Angus for $20,000 who has been purchasing Texas bulls since 2014. While Lot 58 Texas Hector N030(AI)(ET)(774kgs) was quickly snapped up by Permeate Pty Ltd of Kempsey NSW for $15,000. They also took home Lot 15 Texas Korporal M326 for $15,000 who weighed in at 940kgs.

The commercial buying was very strong with return clients Cadelga Cattle Co, Inglewood QLD took home Lot 54 Texas Mountain Man N023(AI)(ET) (K2 son - 856kgs) fgor $28,000 who had the highest daily weight gain of 1.53kgs/day of the sale. They also purchased Lot 67 Texas Magic Millions M380(AI) for the same money who was the second heaviest bull of the draft at 1028kgs. Interestingly a prominent Western Australian stud purchased a semen package in Magic Millions prior to the sale. Both bulls have the same dam Texas Pride E030 who is breeding extremely well with 11 of her sons currently averaging $13,227.   

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Above is Scott Fitzgerald Elders Inverell, Maureen& Jason Johnstone, Inglewood QLD, Ben & Wendy Mayne with Michael Glasser GTSM

Long term commercial clients Wes and Sue Presho of Taroom QLD invested in Lot 16 Texas Plateau for $20,000 and Lot 47 Texas STud Muffin M387 for $18,000. Both bulls weighed in at a hefty 1012kgs and 914kgs respectively.

Return clients Vicky and Sophie Hartley, Injune QLD took home 10 bulls for an average of $9,200 while Rob Sinnamon of Yulibar Santas purchased 2 bulls for an average $12,000 including Coonamble Handyman son and a Texas Mount K2 son.

Volume buyers of the day included Booky Cattle Co, Tenterfield NSW who invested heavily into the Texas Program taking home 17 bulls for an average $11,000. While Landmark St George put together a great line of 18 bulls that averaged $10,555 for a client at Charleville Qld.

It was humbling for Ben and Wendy to see 124 bidders register and 80% of the buyers were return clients. Buyers were looking for weight for age, temperament, caracse, do-ability and a solid breeding program with proven results. 

The only dampener of the day was Ben Dad's Bill couldn't attend the day to celebrate the 50th sale for the Mayne Family.

A big thank you to our extended team including Hayden Chapell, Brenton Sessions, BJA, GTSM, Falls Transport, Warialda Apex, Laura Lockhart Photography and many others that all help make our day happen!

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Photos courtsey of The Land Newspaper

Triple Crown for Texas

Last month the 2017 Sydney Royal Beef Challenge was held in Tamworth and the final results were annouced. We were astounded by the success of our Texas progeny within the competition. It was very special to have our two boys Will and Lachie accepting the awards on behalf of Ben who was away with Rosie at Rockhampton for rowing. For 2 years in a row we have won Grand Champion Domestic Pen, Reserve Champion Domestic Pen (Rosie, WIll and Lachie's steers) and Reserve Champion Individual. We also won the prestigious RAS Pertpetual Consumer Trophy for Champion Export Taste Test Caracse!

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This year had the largest entries ever and interestingly our Champion pen was the most profitable and had the highest daily weight of the whole competition which included not only domestic but export entries as well. Their average pen was $454.64 more profitable than the average domestic pen.  Our results are as follows

*Grand Champion 70 Day Domestic Pen

*Reserve Champion 70 Day Domestic Pen

*Reserve Champion 70 Day Domestic Individual

*Champion Export Taste Test Carcase

*Silver Medal for Taste Test

*4 Bronze Medals for Taste Test

*1st for Feedlot Total for Domestic Pen

*1st for Profitiability for Domestic Pen

*1st Carcase Grid for Domestic Individual

*1st Carcase Judge for Export Pen

*1st Taste Test for Export Pen

*2nd Carcase Judge for Domestic Pen

*2nd Live Assessment

*2nd DWG for Domestic

*2nd and 3rd Feedlot Total for Domestic Indvidual

Read more: Triple Crown for Texas

Texas Takes Out Grainfed Export Chiller Class of Australia's biggest Carcase Competition - against 492 Head

Who would have ever thought after Texas Angus's success at the Royal Sydney Beef Challenge we could follow it up with a win at Rockhampton's Beef Australia in the most hotly contested Class with of 492 head?

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Ben and Wendy's decision to entered the last handful of steers they had left in late 2017 into the prestigious Beef Australia's ANZ National Carcase Competition turned out to be a very good one! There were 1077 head graded at 21 processing plants from every state, making it Australia's largest Caracse Competition and was described by the Chairman, Mr David Hill, "as the most unique carcase competition in the world." "This competition is not about a ribbon any more, its about the opportunity for education and benching marking  performance against the best in the country for eating quailty and yield."

 

They knew their steers would be competing against the best all breed beef producers across Australia and feedlotters including Prime City, Rockdale and Teys. However Ben and Wendy really wanted to further expand our bench marking program and identify sirelines particularly in the grainfed export trade. They were reassured by sending their steers to MacCues Wilga Feedlot would give them the best comparable chance and with the help of Ben Hiscox BJA and Mike MacCue they selected the steers into their pens of 3 for only Class 6 100 Day Grainfed Export Chiller Bullocks (300 - 420kgs). To win this class, which had the largest entries of the competition (492hd and 330hd more than any other class) and being their first time time entering the grainfed class was an absolute thrill for them and really emphasised their point of difference of their high performaing cattle hitting market specifications without compromising carcase qualiy.

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Records tumble at Texas

 

It was described as the best and heaviest draft of bulls Texas had put up for years and buyers and under bidders travelled as far as WA, SA, NT, QLD, VIC and NSW to see for themselves. Coincidentally it was the Mayne's 50th bull sale and records tumbled with the highest bull hitting $56,000, well above the 2015 sale top price of $45,000 and achieving the highest price average for the stud of $12,535. Spirited bidding was strong from Lot 1 to the last bull in the ring that sold for $17,000.

Lot 27 Texas Earnan L612(AI)(ET) was the heaviest bull in the sale at 1012kgs and made the top price of $56,000. Chris Knox and Helen Alexander of DSK Angus (pictured below), Coonabarabran, NSW couldn't resist L612's power, bone, fleshing and phenotype. He was the highest scanning IMF bull in his contemporary, ranked 1% for 50K growth and CWT, had a daily weight of 1.47kgs since birth, scrotal size 45cm and estimated breeding values (EBVs) +63, +108, +146 for 200, 400, 600 day weight and +2.3 for marbling. His dam Texas Undine H638(AI)(ET), a daughter of Texas's famous dam Texas Undine Z183, had 8 sons in the sale that averaged $16,000.

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The second top priced bull was Lot 29 Texas Mt Kaputar M100(AI)(ET), a full ET brother to the previous record holder Texas Mount K2 making $44,000 selling to a syndicate of repeat buyers; Neville Duddy Glen Innes, NSW, Owen Pedlow Highland Court Angus, Glen Innes, NSW and Shane Adams and Vince Larkin of East West Angus, Bingara NSW (pictured below). M100 was described as one of the picks of the sale and with 1.42kgs/day since birth, super set of EBVs (Top 1% and Top 5% for calving ease, scrotal, growth, CWT and Indexes) combined with amazing temperament and phenotype he was popular amongst the bidders. East West Angus also purchased Lot 4 Texas Legacy L177(AI) and Lot 12 Texas Louis Vuitton L618(AI)(ET) for $24,000 and $23,000 respectively.

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Equal third price bulls was Lot 40 and Lot 94 both selling to $31,000 to repeat commercial breeders. Lot 40 Texas Tour of Duty L282(AI) (pic below left) was an incredibly docile, heavy fleshing, huge growth sire tipping the scales at 962kgs. Cadelga Cattle Co, Inglewood QLD returned from last year's sale to take him home to infuse back into their herd. Lot 94 Texas Hat Trick L240 sire by Texas Western Express H639 was snapped up late in the sale by Pete and Terry Hanigan of Coonamble NSW.  The Texas Western Express H639 sons were popular averaging $15,000.

Read more: Records tumble at Texas

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Ben & Wendy Mayne

"Doongara", North Star Road

Warialda, NSW, 2402

 

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Goondiwindi QLD 4390

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