MORGANVALE Poll Hereford stud set a new on-property record at its 16th annual production sale on Tuesday last week at Willalooka.
Morganvale Rafe R015 sold for $22,000, raising the previous record from 2018 of $20,000 when Morganvale Magic M303 sold to the Yavenvale stud, Adelong, NSW.
The stud sold 42 bulls from 52 offered, averaging $10,195 - more than 45 per cent or $3173 up on the 2021 sale result.
Repeat client Richard Auld and his daughter Shelby, Glencoe, bought 918-kilogram Rafe R015 through Dale Keatley, Nutrien Mount Gambier.
A son of proven sire Mount Difficult Kearney K18, the 23-month-old had a 43-centimetre scrotal circumference, while its EBVs were 7.7 for calving ease daughters and -3.5 for gestation length - both these traits were in the top 5pc.
It also recorded +38 200-day weight, +61 for 400 Day Wt, +90 600 for Day Wt, + 24 for Milk, +4.5 Scrotal, +1.9 EMA, + 1.3 RIB Fat, +1.8 RUMP Fat and +0.5 for IMF.
The Aulds have been buying at Morganvale for at least 12 years and said "maternal traits are very important".
"We select for 600-day weight (which was +90), fertility and milk (+24)," Richard said.
"They need to have plenty of length and walk freely."
The Aulds run Hereford and Angus cow herds growing out and fattening their bullocks and selling at two years of age in the mid 600kg liveweight or 360-380kg carcase weight direct to Teys.
"We get more weight with Herefords," Richard said.
The Aulds bought a second bull late in the catalogue at lot 55 for $6000.
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The sale's second-highest price at $21,000 was Morganvale Randolph R043 - a son of consistent sire Injemira Anzac M164 weighing 954kg at 22.5 months - sold to RN&SL Morgan, through Nutrien Warnambool.
Underbidder on the two top priced lots was Mick Emery and his daughter Jenna from Kingston SE, but they did not leave empty handed, securing two bulls.
The first was a Kearney son, Morganvale Reuben R117, with EBVs in the top 5pc for 200-day (+41), 400-day (+71) and 600-day (+97) weights and top 1pc for milk at +29.
The second bull was Morganvale Rector R331 - a son of Yavenvale Niagra N285 - was also at the top end with EBVs in the top 1pc for milk of +28, top 5pc for 200-day WT(+46) and top 10pc for 400-day (+68) and 600-day (+97) weights.
Mick said they select for EBVs for high milk and high 200- and 400-day weights.
"These have good temperament for ease of management and are soft easy-doing cattle," he said.
"These are the best attributes (temperament and do ability of the Hereford) to use over European cattle.
"We use the Hereford bulls over Charolais-Hereford cows and are EU-accredited selling to feedlots at 420-440kg.
This year, with cattle prices being so good, they have sold younger cattle than they normally would.
Buyers were prepared to bid up on their selected bulls, especially in the front half of the catalogue, with many lots selling between $10,000-$20,000.
Volume buyer was Circle T Catlle Co, via Tibbooburra, NSW, securing eight bulls to $10,000 twice, averaging $7250.
Performance data at Morganvale has come along in leaps and bounds in recent years and the phenotype is matching the data.- GORDON WOOD
Ben Finch, Elders Broken Hill, NSW, had some orders after most areas had received 4-6 inches of rain recently and were looking to rebuild numbers.
"It was a very good run of bulls offered," he said.
"The bulls were dual-purpose with good bone, frame and plenty of leg. The draft had excellent pigment and colour, offering our buyers a large selection."
Nutrien auctioneer Gord Wood said the bulls presented very well "enabling buyers to see their best genetic potential".
"Performance data at Morganvale has come along in leaps and bounds in recent years and the phenotype is matching the data," he said.
"Bulls were great value for money throughout the catalogue."
Morganvale stud principal Allan Morgan was pleased to have good clients keep coming back and able to buy at good value.
"We are getting feedback from clients that their cattle are getting better and they are receiving good prices," he said.
"It was good to have some new clients and buyers were prepared to bid up for their selections.
"We sold 11 more bulls straight after the sale."
Selling agents were Nutrien and Elders.
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