Franco Hereford to $15,500

First crop of Black Hawk calves lifts Franco Herefords in a tough season


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Franco Herefords stud principal Frank Hannigan with repeat clients Sandra and Ian Reid, Woodenbong, and their top-priced bull Franco Napalm alongside Franco Nature's Gift.

Franco Herefords stud principal Frank Hannigan with repeat clients Sandra and Ian Reid, Woodenbong, and their top-priced bull Franco Napalm alongside Franco Nature's Gift.

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First crop of Battalion Black Hawk calves lifts Franco Herefords in a tough season

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Franco Herefords with Parson Hill Hereford stud topped their sale on Friday at $15,500 and averaged $5750 for 16 sold out of 25 offered.

The Reid family partnership, Turners Flat, Woodenbong came away as successful bidders of the first lot, the horned Franco Napalm N150 by Battalion Black Hawk which presented at 938kg as a two year old, with 43 centimeter circumference scrotal measurement, 119 square centimeters of eye muscle area and a scanned intra-muscular fat measurement of 6.1 per cent.

The family also bought the next lot, Franco Nature's Gift N360 by Parson Hill Jarrah for $5500, weighing 918kg with 40cm scrotal, 121cm EMA and 6.4pc for IMF.

"We were looking for a bull with softness and good type," said Ian Reid.

Jim and Jan Smith, Townview, Urbenville, with their grandson James, bought two grandsons of Ironbark Nashdale, including on Franco Nitrogen N210 by Damona Nashdale for $8500, presenting at 824kg with 123cm EMA and 6.4pc IMF. Franco Hereford reserved their right to collect semen off the two year old which showed figures like +1.3 per cent for retail beef yield, +5 sq cm for eye muscle and +51kg for carcase weight.

Wauchope livestock agent and Hereford breeder John O'Brien with Wauchope client Merv Flanagan were the under-bidders, frustrated at driving home empty.

"Straight Hereford has the best undercoat," enthused Mr O'Brien of the breed. "You can cover them with anything."

Mick Carter, Kyogle, bought Franco Numerator N162 by Battalion Black Hawk for $7000, presenting at 870kg with 123cm EMA. This bull showed figures including +1.6pc for retail yield, +62kg carcase weight and +3.6sq cm EMA.

Jim and Jan Smith, Townview, Urbenville, bought Franco Nitrogen N210 by Damona Nashdale for $8500 and another Nashdale son, Franco Nightclub N214, for $6500.

Scott and Mel Easterbrook, McKees Hill, bought Franco Noble N140 by Battalion Black Hawk for $5000 and will include him in their Hereford over Angus operation that involves a butchery business with a focus on British-bred.

"We were looking for a good soft cross," he said.

Neil and Steven Reid, Glengyle, Woodenbong came away with two bulls including Franco No Excuses N217, 884kg, 41cm scrotal, 110sq cm EMa and 6.2pc IMF.

Franco Nothing But the Best N370 by Parson Hill Jarrah sold to Michael Tarrant, Kootingal , for $4000. The bull presented at 802kg with 43.5cm scrotal and +92kg 600 day weight.

The sale was conducted by Ramsey and Bulmer with George and Fuhrmann including Auctions Plus. Autioneer was Darren Perkins.

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