Offered 74 67
Sold 66 62
Top $16,000 $16,000
Av $7068 $7185
A HUGE geographical spread of buyers from four states ensured plenty of bidding action at Nampara Angus stud's 11th annual on-property bull sale on Tuesday at Lucindale South.
Stud principals Stuart and Natalie Hann were rewarded for their commercial focus with 66 of 74 well-muscled bulls averaging an impressive $7068 - one of SA Angus Week's highest averages.
Although this was back $117 on 2018 it was of the smallest drops in average of any stud with many others falling $1000 to $1500.
The Hanns also sold an additional four bulls on 2018 to the 52 registered bidders from Gippsland, Vic, to Kempsey, NSW and through the South East and western Vic.
The $16,000 top price, matching 2018's high, was paid for Lot 26, Nampara N71.
The 910 kilogram Texas Mount son was out of a Atahua Freedom daughter.
The late March 2017 drop impressed with its tremendous carcase shape and 123 square centimetre eye muscle scan.
It also had a good balance of Breedplan figures from a moderate birth weight at +4.5 to 600 day weight of +123 and an eye muscle area of +5.6.
N71 stayed locally knocked down to Chris Schinckel, HB Schinckel & Sons, Stewart Range and his agent and Elders southern region livestock manager Laryn Gogel.
"It was the stand out in the pen with its muscle, depth and softness and backs it up with its strength of pedigree," Mr Gogel said.
Mr Schinckel a long-time Nampara client also bought Lot 24 for $8000 for his program selling 300 kilogram carcase weight on hooks at 16-18 months of age.
Nampara's catalogue featured some of the most exciting new genetics in the Angus breed including some of the first progeny of $85,000 bull Millah Murrah Loch Up L133 to sell.
The five AI-bred Loch Up sons, which were all only September 2017 drop, struck a chord with the large crowd averaging $9600.
It included Lot 4, Nampara Loch Up N244 which caught the eye of many including Elders Naracoorte branch manager Tom Dennis.
He bought the eye-appealing 746kg bull with 10mm rump and 9mm rib fat for an undisclosed Tas stud.
Another Loch Up son,Lot 41, made $13,000 to Kolora Partners, Mount Gambier.
Nine other bulls cracked five figures, with eight of these in the first 12 lots.
Lot 1 and 2, both sired by US bull MAR Innovation 251 found a new home at Mooree Pastoral Company, Lake Mundi, Vic, for $11,000 and $11,500.
Heathvale Pastoral,Millicent, was another heavy hitter with four bulls to $12,000 averaging $9375, including two sons of Texas Mount.
Four buyers bought three bulls each including McCarthy Livestock, Lucindale, who outlaid $7500 to $8500 for theirs.
As in previous years Nampara offered a run of bulls which had been used to join their commercial heifers for a nine-week period before they were sold at Naracoorte feature female sale in January.
Seventeen of these 18 bulls averaged $5559, representing some of the sale's best value.
Mr Hann said the sale result "exceeded their expectations" given the seasonal conditions and the large number of bulls on offer.
"We were realistic especially offering more bulls but it was well beyond what we expected," Mrs Hann said.
Elders auctioneer Ross Milne described it as a "fantastic sale" with many top end bulls making $8000 to $12,000 but plenty of good buying on good quality bulls at $4000 to $6500.
"The bulls have got growth and power but still a lot of softness and added shape and weight for age that people are looking for and are a good Angus type," he said.
Mr Milne said it was pleasing to see the stud's participation in Vic Beef Week at Mortlake, Vic, starting to pay dividends with some top-end commercial breeders from western Vic in the stands.