Absolute Angus’ inaugural autumn sale last Wednesday confirmed the stud’s breeding success, with strong interest in the progeny of one bull and sales across three states.
The on-property auction at Trafalgar South attracted more than 70 people, with strong bidding from both repeat and new buyers from across Victoria, SA and NSW.
In total, 38 of the 39 18-month-old bulls sold to an average of $5900 and a sale top of $11,000.
The top-price honours went to to Lot 3, Absolute Quandrant Q436, a son of renowned US sire, Sydgen Enhance.
Absolute Angus stud principal Anthony Pisa said the quality of the genetics in the sale was reflected in the interest from outside the region.
“It was my first autumn sale and I was very happy with the response from buyers and the reach to different breeders,” Mr Pisa said.
“Buyers liked the docility of the bulls and were impressed by their genetics and power.
“They could see their development and knew they were strong with good confirmation and great genetics.”
Volume and top-priced bull buyer, Dick Whale, Independent Breeding and Marketing Services, attended the sale to purchase on behalf of three beef producers who were drawn to the progeny of Sydgen Enhance.
Starting his buying spree early in the catalogue, Mr Whale picked up the top-priced bull for an anonymous seedstock producer in western Victoria.
In total, Mr Whale was the successful bidder on 11 bulls, with five bulls headed to an SA commercial operation running a 3000-head cow herd in the upper south-east.
The SA client was looking for heifer bulls and Sydgen Enhance progeny, with Lot 5, Absolute Qasim Q433, topping their draft at $6500.
“There were 13 sons of Sydgen Enhance that we think a fair bit of,” Mr Whale said.
“His first progeny had come online this autumn and a third of the catalogue was by him and I had several clients looking for sons of that bull.”
“Sydgen Enhance has got 1 per cent docility, calving ease, good growth and is high in IMF and EMA,” Mr Whale said.
“Genomically this US sire is in the top 10pc for carcase tenderness and marbling, two things that drive customer experience.”
A son of Sydgen Enhance, Lot 3 presented with traits of BWT +4.1, 200WT +53, EMA +4.9 and IMF +2.7 and weighed 740 kilograms.
Mr Whale said his clients were pleased with the purchases and the prices were reasonable for both seller and buyers.
“They are bulls that will give us longevity because they haven’t been over fed.”
Elders auctioneer Ross Milne said it was a good clearance.
“There was strong competition for the bulls that will set up a good platform for Anthony and his program as he continues to grow his client base.”
Mr Milne said buyers were spoilt for choice with bulls suitable for heifer joinings.
“Over 90pc of the bulls were suitable for joining to heifers and they could also be used on cows, so that versatility was attractive to buyers,” Mr Milne said.
The second top-priced bull, Lot 21, Absolute Quinella Q410, sold for $9000 to Scott Barrow, Beveridge, who was seeking more bulls after recently leasing additional land.
“With Lot 21, his EMI was right up there, and his sectional indexes were as good as anyone,” Mr Barrow said.
“He had a massive arse and that’s where most of the power and meat comes from. He was well put together and had a lovely smooth skin and head.”
“He had really good growth from birth weight to 200, 400 and 600 days and his EBVs were excellent,” Mr Barrow said.
Strong local support and interest from across Gippsland rounded underpinned the sale with the McCormack family, Caldermeade, taking home six bulls, including Lot 23, Absolute Quenten Q489 and 30, Absolute Quint Q471, selling for $6500 twice.
Armberley Park, Bairnsdale, which was represented by Mr Whale, added five bulls to their operation paying $7500 twice for Lot 7, Absolute Quality Q411 and Lot 16, Absolute Quashawn Q439, both sired by Sydgen Enhance.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support and interest in this sale, said Mr Pisa.
“All the bulls offered today were low birth weight with great phenotype and had the data to go with them.
“Growth, milk, EMA and IMF continue to be a primary focus of the genetics we use in our breeding program”.
Mr Pisa said he loked forward to the stud’s spring bull sale in October which will offer yearling bulls from leading Angus sires, alongside a selection of 22-month-old bulls.
This article first appeared in the Stock & Land.