New record for Te Mania Angus
Te Mania Angus achieved a full clearance of†145 bulls offered at its on property sale at†Mortlake on Wednesday, February 29th.
The sale averaged $7,897 for a total clearance of 145 bulls - 31 more than last year and down just $91 on its record 2011 $7978 average, a figure which included the $91,000 Australian record super bull Te Mania Emperor E343.
This year's sale topped at $25,000 twice, with Lot 13 going to SA stud Granite Ridge Angus at Kingston SE and Lot 54 to King Isle Farms on King Island.
Emperor's sire, Te Mania Berkley B1, again stole the show with his 20 sons in the catalogue selling to $18,000, grossing $214,000 and averaging $11,500.
Te Mania Daiquiri's 19 sons grossed $187,500, selling to $25,000 and averaging $9868 while Te Mania Calamus also sold 19 sons to $25,000 and an average of $7,578.† Five sons of Te Mania Yorkshire Y437 sold for an average of $10,700.
In the current market the sale was "a stunning result which exceeded all expectations".
Although there was no standout lot to match Te Mania Emperor,†the 2012 sale team was the most even and accomplished ever offered by Te Mania Angus.
The†depth of its quality was showed by the high prices paid for lots on every page of the catalogue with no sign of the "traditional tail you see in most sales".
There were buyers from around the country - old and new - who staged some exciting bidding duels in the barn and on AuctionsPlus,†for so many of the bulls on offer.
The season in our part of the world has been very tough for months, and we know a lot of others have been drying off pretty fast despite all the flooding up north.† Against that background you are always a bit nervous that forces beyond your control will set the sale agenda, but it just didn't happen.
The two top-priced lots - Te Mania Foe F734 and Te Mania Fifa F373 - were outstanding examples of the balanced bulls we strive for at Te Mania Angus.
Lot 13, Te Mania Fifa F373, was sold†to Granite Ridge, is in the top 1 pc of the breed for 400 and 600 day growth, eye muscle area, retail beef yield and all the $Index values.
Colin†Flanagan was delighted when he secured the bull he had travelled from South Australia to purchase.† He selected F373 because of his excellent structure which is a high priority in his stud herd.
Colin also selected F373 on his pedigree, being from the†Te Mania Dandloo line, and by Te Mania Calamus C46.†
King Isle's Lot 54 has a great set of numbers across the board with virtually all his figures in the top 1 pc and top 5 pc of the breed.
King Isle's Dr John Cleeland says he has been to sales at Te Mania Angus but this is the first time he has been able to buy.
Dr Cleeland says he has been impressed by the sire Te Mania Daiquiri and wanted one of his better sons.
"And with this fellow I think I got him," he says.
"He is meaty, has an excellent temperament, with the figures to match and I expect he will grow out to be an exceptional sire.
"We are currently running 1000 breeders on 3000ha at the south end of the island but only in the past few years have cranked King Isle Farms up and already have added 200 registered cows to the herd.
"Our steers go to the local abattoir as part of the King Island Beef program, mostly around 17 months at weights of 500kg and above, and we will be using this bull to boost our genetic profile."
Walgett agent Russell Hiscox, Clemson Hiscox, dominated buying with 10 bulls for Brenda Station, Goodooga, NSW, to a top of $13,000, gross of $84,000 and average of $8400 and a line of eight to a top of $7500, gross of $51,500 and average of $6438 for Scott and Paul Wickman, Walgett.