It was a family affair for the Macaulays at the first day of the NVLX January sales with parents Dawn and Graeme offering 105 steers and heifers, plus their daughter, Michelle, their son-in-law Simon, and grandson, Bill, including their own smaller offering under the “Tiviotdale”, Huon, property brand.
The Macaulays run 300 breeders on their 1000 acre property using bulls from Alpine Angus, Tabletop Angus and Ardrossen studs over their cows and heifers.
“We have 50 cows calving in spring with the remainder in autumn and next month, we are expecting 250 new calves. Each year we sell of the lesser quality of the females and buy in, either privately or through the saleyards, about a dozen cows with calves to keep the genetics growing,” Mrs Macaulay said.
Their first pen of 9-11 month old steers with an average weight of 383 kg, reached $1360 per head with another pen of 14 weaners averaging 285kg making $1185 per head.
This latter pen was purchased by an agent from Glen Innes who was active at this sale in 2016.