STONEY Point Performance Angus stud's stage one dispersal reached extraordinary heights with two embryo transfer donor females from one of the stud's best cow families, the Yankee Queen line, selling for $46,000 and $41,000 on Wednesday and Thursday last week at the stud's Naracoorte sale complex.
These prices easily smashed the state Angus female record and came close to the SA all breeds beef record of $48,000 paid for a Simmental cow at the Tusmore dispersal in the early 1990s.
In an outstanding result the stud sold 312 of 313 pregnancy tested in calf females aged from three to 10 years, for a $5982 average and 70 of 78 weaner heifers averaged $3986. These females represented 23 years of breeding.
The $46,000 sale topper was lot 98, Stoney Point Yankee Queen M173 - a four and a half year old daughter of New Zealand bull, Matauri Reality
As Yankee Queen M173 entered the ring, Spence Dix & Co auctioneer Jono Spence said "they don't come along that well made and with a data set like that all that often".
He took an opening bid of $10,000 for the female which had achieved an average of seven embryos per flush.
Prices soon skyrocketed to $46,000 paid by SA studs, Mandayen at Keith and Glatz's Black Angus stud, Avenue Range, which had joined forces to secure the female. It had been AIed to SP Lovis L178 and then naturally joined to Stoney Point McLeod M107.
"I loved her phenotype, her feet and structure and she is a very docile, quiet cow that will fit in well to the herd," Mandayen's Damian Gommers said.
Glatz's Ben Glatz said he was keen to support Stoney Point as they had been a good client of his scanning business for many years but also recognised that the female had an outstanding phenotype and "really good pedigree to work with."
Underbidders, Heath Tiller, Goolagong stud, Warnertown, and Chris and Anissa Thompson, Bayview Black Angus studs, outlaid $41,000 on lot 126, Stoney Point Yankee Queen M820.
The February 2016 drop, Sydgen CC&7 daughter was AIed in September last year to Storth Oaks Everest J20 and naturally joined with Stoney Point Momentum M07.
Goolagong and Bayview had already teamed up on two earlier lots- lot 15 for $26,000 and lot 24 for $14,000- which were both former donors. They will flush all three females and divide the embryos.
Volume orders helped ensure the 98 per cent clearance of almost 400 cattle.
Alastair Day, Allendale stud, Bordertown, was the sale's biggest buyer with 40 PTIC cows to a $14,000 high and averaging $6375 for them, along with three heifers for a $4167 average.
Goolagong went head to head on many of the top lots securing 20 females on the opening day, including three for $10,000 and better.
They snapped up another five on day two included two of the highest price 2018 drops in the sale- lot 263, SP for $19,000 and lot 309 for $17,000.
The latter was a fully imported US bred embryo- Werner War Party x LaGrand Lady 5408.
Bayview Black Angus stud also took the chance to expand its herd securing 25 females for a $6160 average.
After a quiet day online the bids came thick and fast for the heifers, including $30,000 for an eight month old heifers late in the two day selling extravaganza.
Lot 387, Stoney Point Skye R928, was an ET bred heifer, by popular United States sire Balridge Beast Mode and out of Coorong Skye H233 which sold the previous day for $26,000.
The successful buyers were Geneflow, Tocumwal, NSW and Barnett Angus, Tas.
"Her pedigree is very powerful and comes with a curve bend growth pattern and light mature cow weight plus an intramuscular fat score of 4.1, which is exactly what our program is all about," Mark Barnett said.
"She is from a paternal line and fourth generation of females all of which have an IMF score of over 3.7."
The heifer will head to veterinarian Richard Fry's embryo centre at Geelong, Vic.
Geneflow bought 24 females in total.
Stoney Point stud manager Peter Colliver was "blown away" with the prices for their donor females and the support from both well-established and newer studs from across the country.
He said it was "very pleasing" to see the strong demand for the younger cattle which he had made the mating decisions on.
" It was a big couple of days. Some people may have thought they had paid too much but when they looked at the quality they were really happy and there was some good buying among the sale."
Mr Spence said the extreme highs reached were beyond his expectation.
He said it was a real credit to the stud to be able to line up such a consistent quality offering after only deciding late last year to hold the dispersal.
"One thing people like is the longevity of the Stoney Point herd. I know Perry uses the motto' bulls that stay and bulls that do' but the cattle really do stay in the herd," he said.
"They have never been a herd either this owner or the previous owners and manager that have chased single trait selection such as IMF or a grainfed index and they have always kept a focus on phenotype."
Nutrien SA stud stock manager Gordon Wood said there were always "ups and downs" in dispersal sales with this one producing some outstanding prices but also plenty of opportunities for commercial producers to "step their herds up to the next level".
"Perry (Gunner) and Peter (Colliver) have done a fantastic job staying on the right side of the ledger with their breeding. We will see that again next year with the younger group of females including some not even born yet
The remaining 400 females will be offered in the stud's stage two dispersal sale in March 2022.
The catalogue will comprise the 'Q' drop females PTIC to have their second calves, 'R' drop joined heifers, a group of recipient cows implanted with embryos and 50 weaner heifers.
Spence Dix & Co and Nutrien were the selling agents with Mr Spence and Mr Wood along with Richard Miller and Luke Schreiber the auctioneers.
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