Offered 70 71
Sold 60 68
Top $13,000 $16,000
Av $6275 $6846
PROGENY of homebred sires starred at Glatz’s Black Angus stud 12th annual Cattleman’s bull sale on Wednesday last week.
The catalogue featured many impressive sires but it was the stud’s own bloodlines which drew most of the buyers’ attention at the Avenue Range sale.
The first sons of Black Angus Complement L51 “Selwood”, named after Geelong AFL star Joel Selwood, to be offered were particularly keenly sought.
These five averaged $9500 impressing with their carcase quality and weight for age.
This was well above the overall sale average of $6275 which Ben and Samantha Glatz achieved for 60 of the 70, mainly April 2017 drop to July 2017 drop bulls, offered.
Among these Selwood sons was the $13,000 sale topper.
Respected Kingston cattleman Bill Baade, put in the winning bid for Lot 4, Black Angus Selwood N175, on behalf of HB Rural, Goolagong stud, Warnertown and Reedy Creek.
Selwood N175 was out of a heifer and was unrivalled for its quiet temperament, scoring five of a possible five stars on Glatz’s Black Angus Docility Star Rating.
Goolagong stud principal Heath Tiller inspected the bull the week prior to the sale and said it appealed for its “exceptional growth for age’” weighing 960 kilograms at 21 months of age.
It also had tremendous Breedplan data being in the top 1-3pc for the Angus breed for all three growth traits, docility and carcase weight, as well as eye muscle area figure of +8.1 and positive rib fat of +1.1 and rump fat of +2- all in the top 5-10pc of the breed.
The Tillers were repeat buyers also securing Glatz’s $13,000 sale topper in 2015 as a foundation sire.
“We came back because they have bred well for us with pretty consistent types year in year out – good meaty, stylish cattle with performance,” he said.
“We are trying to breed cattle with as much meat as we can as that is what we are paid on with the softness to go with it.”
Two bulls made $11,000 at the GBA 2019 sale, a Witherswood Performer E49 son to Tim and Will Truscott, Minnamurra, Marcollat in Lot 6.
A few lots later Fordvale Pastoral Company, Strathalbyn, bought the first son offered by Booragul WT458N K11– which the Glatzs bought in 2016 for $19,000.
Of the 33 buyers from the South East, western Vic and the Fleurieu Peninsula, 30 of these were repeat clients.
Chesrex, Kingston, led the volume buyers with seven bulls to $9000 averaging $6714.
Wheal Farms, Beachport, put together six bulls for $7500, averaging $5500 for its Simmental-Angus cows.
AG&JS Ferris, Kingston, made the most of the value buying throughout the catalogue with four bulls for a $5000 average.
Despite the average dropping $571 on 2018, Mr Glatz was very pleased with the result considering their increased offering in recent years and the seasonal influence.
“We are most grateful for the continued support of our repeat clients,” he said.
He said it had been particularly rewarding to see their clients’ success during recent weaner sales.
Glatz’s Black Angus weaners had been in the lead pens at Naracoorte, Mount Gambier, Casterton and Colac sales and many of these buyers had reinvested in genetics.
Landmark auctioneer Gordon Wood, who shared the auctioneering duties with Elders’ Ronnie Dix, said people bid up on their first choice bulls but were often not stretched too far in their bidding.
He had high praise for the offering especially their “fleshing ability”.
“There are a heap of cattle with calving ease to suit heifers but also performance behind them,” Mr Wood said.