Anybody chasing a Shorthorn bull will find there is something for all types and budgets at the annual Shorthorn Spring Fling sale at Tamworth Regional Livestock Facility this month.
Fifteen studs – Bungulla, Manilla; Greenshades, Wallendbeen; Nagol Park, Tamworth; Nero, Condobolin; K.O, Condoboline; Eselar Park, Condoboline; Oakton, Wallendbeen; Terra, Dubbo; Terralea, Dubbo; Marrington, Narromine; Polldale, Dubbo; Wynyard, Finlay; Kingsley Vale, Tamworth; Leeds, Jerilderie and Moombi, Cumnock – have offered a combined 81 bulls for the July 27 sale
Elders stud stock manager for NSW, Paul Jameson, said it’s pleasing to see the number of bulls offered has almost doubled.
“With 30 or more bulls offered this year it is a reflection of where the cattle industry is at the moment,” Mr Jameson said. “Most of these are vendors that have been at this sale in the past and have decided to offer a few more this year inline with the current confidence in the market.”
The beauty of a multi-vendor sale like the Spring Fling, according to Mr Jameson, is the buyers get a really good look at a broad range of genetics and breeding directions.
“It gives buyers am opportunity to have a look at what a number of different studs have on offer and then follow their own ideas and direction they are heading as well,” he said.
“And from a vendor’s perspective, being part of a multi-vendor sale, they know if they want to compete and achieve a good result then they offer the best they have to offer and present them at the highest of standards.”
Last year, a sale top of $12,000 was achieved twice with bulls averaging $7083. Of the 47 bulls offered 42 sold for a clearance of 89 per cent. Marrington Kelly K39, sold to Brian and Chris Hillier, “Happy Valley”, Ebor and Bungulla Kyogle, sold to Lester Job, Moombi Shorthorns, Cumnock.
Mr Jameson said in recent years there has been an evident ‘push’ in the breed. “The Thousand Guineas has really pushed things along for the breed,” he said. “Prices within the feedlot markets have also been excellent.”
This year the sale will be interfaced with AuctionsPlus for the first time to access more buyers.