Offered 78 74
Sold 71 72
Top $26,000 $25,000
Av $7740 $7889
BUYERS sweltered through Granite Ridge Angus stud’s 11th annual on-property sale on Friday but the bidding on the top end bulls was just as hot.
Eleven bulls made $10,000 or more at the Reedy Creek sale, including the $26,000 sale topper.
Stud principals Colin Flanagan and Pat Ebert were rewarded for another outstanding line-up with 71 of 78 herd book recorded bulls, with plenty of growth and carcase, averaging $7740.
The stands were packed to the rafters with 42 registered bidders.
Bulls sold to four states- SA, Vic, NSW and WA.
Surprisingly there were not more bulls pushed into the $6000 to $8000 price bracket.
Instead, in great value for buyers, 18 bulls made $4000 to $5000.
This brought the sale average back $150 on 2017 – a trend likely to continue during 2018 SA Angus Week.
The heaviest bull in the catalogue – Lot 3 Granite Ridge Magnificent M107 – took top price honours.
The eye appealing, March 2016 drop, AI bred son of Texas Western Express H639 weighed 1044 kilograms.
At scanning in November last year the bull had 122 square centimetres of eye muscle with 9 millimetre rump and 8mm rib fat and intramuscular fat of 4.9.
Magnificent M107 had the Breedplan figures to match, with a 200 day weight of +63, 400 daywt of +109 and 600 day wt +156 – all in the top 1 per cent of the Angus breed.
All four Angus indexes were in the top 5pc.
“He was a stand out calf and will breed stand out cattle,” Mr Flanagan said.
The buyers were Allan and Coralee Gillogly, Montrose, Moree, NSW.
The Gilloglys who run a 4000 head feedlot, as well as their 2300 head Angus herd, have been pleased with the performance of more than 400 Granite Ridge blood steers they have fed in the past year.
Granite Ridge has another 130 steers heading to Montrose feedlot in the next month which they have bought off clients and backgrounded.
The sale’s $21,000 second highest priced bull was paid for another growthy sire, Lot 28, Granite Ridge Mega Bull M162.
It was sired by Granite Ridge Kalahari K66, a grandson of TC Aberdeen, and out of a Exar Upshot heifer.
The 932 kilogram sire was bought by noted weaner seller Greg Fisher, Clover Ridge, Marcollat- who outlaid the $25,000 top money in 2017.
Many of the sale highlights came from the first sons offered by Ayrvale Jagger J12 – the top priced bull at the Clifton All Breeds sale in Hamilton,Vic, in 2015.
These seven bulls averaged $12,000.
This included Lot 12, Granite Ridge Majestic M78, knocked down to the NSW stud breeders, the Mayne family, Texas Angus, Warialda, NSW, for $15,000.
Lot 9, Granite Ridge Majestic M16, went to Blackwood Park, Strathalbyn, for $14,000 and Jacdavlyn Pastoral Co, Kingston paid the same money for Lot 14, Granite Ridge Majestic M8.
Three volume buyers underpinned the sale’s success buying nearly half of the catalogue.
They often went head to head on the same lots.
Bruce Creek, Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, and Platinum Livestock director Wayne Hall were buying for two accounts for Peter Murray, with eight bulls to White Corsair for a $5250 average and six bulls to Kiwi Blue to $14,000 av $7167.
Far North pastoralists Andrew, Paul and Mitchell Smith, Tieyon Station and Trailco Industries’ agent Doc Cunningham secured 10 bulls to $12,000 for a $7000 average.
Hugh and Clare Bainger, Hillcrest Pastoral Company, Avenue Range and advisor Libby Creek led the local support, securing 10 bulls for their Conkar Plains property for a $7600 average, through Southern Australian Livestock’s Will Nolan.
The strength of the sale was commercial support but DA&AE Thompson, Venturon Livestock, Boyup Brook, bought a new sire for their WA stud at $10,000 and Bridgewater Angus, Guyra, NSW, bought two bulls at $9000 each.
Guest auctioneer Michael Glasser, Glasser Total Sales Management, praised the line-up.
They were very even with heaps of muscle, softness and beautiful skins.
Mr Flanagan was very pleased with the sale average.
“To be within $200 or so of last year considering where the market has fallen in the last month with weaners and the female sale (at Naracoorte) was very pleasing,” he said.
“We had to be realistic that it was going to come back.”
Mr Flanagan said their aim was to breed Angus cattle of a consistent type which he believed they were achieving.
He was thrilled with the feedback from their clients and the feedlot on the performance of their bloodlines.
“When they kill them they have been killing out at up to 63 per cent (dressing percentage),” he said.
“They are wanting more and more of them.”
Mr Flanagan was excited about the prospects for their 2019 sale with bull calves averaging 462 kilograms at weaning at 7.5 months and a Nichols Quiet Lad son topping the drop at 511kg.
SAL were the settling agent.