K.O. Angus bulls top at $12,000

New genetics attract buyers at the 23rd Annual K.O. Angus Sale


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Top priced bull KO B074 Beast Mode P48 with Craig Allen and Felix Li, Tea Gardens, Nerong Park, Angus Onisforou, K.O. Angus, Elders auctioneers Joe Wilks and Andy McGeoch and Tim Lord, K.O. Angus.

Top priced bull KO B074 Beast Mode P48 with Craig Allen and Felix Li, Tea Gardens, Nerong Park, Angus Onisforou, K.O. Angus, Elders auctioneers Joe Wilks and Andy McGeoch and Tim Lord, K.O. Angus.

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K.O. Angus offer both bulls and females at their 2019 sale.

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The first son of Baldridge Beast Mode to be offered in Australia topped the 23rd Annual K.O. Angus Sale, purchased for $12,000 by repeat buyer, Felix Li of Nerong Park, Tea Gardens.

The Onisforou family's stud at Kangaloon in the Southern Highlands, sold 38 of 46 bulls offered for a clearance rate of 83 per cent and average of $5724.

Five of the eight unsold bulls were purchased immediately after the sale.

This year the stud also offered 20 females, of which 18 sold for a clearance of 90pc, top of $7000 and average of $3278.

Stud principal, Theo Onisforou said they were very appreciative of the support from their clients, estimating 90pc of purchases were from repeat buyers.

The top bull, 17-month-old, KO B074 Beast Mode P48 was out of KO Champagne K55. He tipped the scales at 786kg and had strong growth rates, +136 for 600 day growth and +82 for carcase weight.

K.O. Angus manager, Tim Lord said he was definitely one of the stand outs of the sale.

"He was the heaviest weight for age in the offering and probably had the best balanced set of EBVs of the entire sale," Mr Lord said.

Nerong Park property manager, Craig Allen said the company had bought four bulls from K.O. Angus last year and they had done the same this sale.

"They're very, very quiet bulls, well performed and the calves from last year's bulls are just hitting the ground now," Mr Allen said.

He said they purchased the top bull for his figures, particularly his Intramuscular Fat value of +2.7.

"We want to improve our figures for Meat Standards Australia, we're looking to get a bit more intramuscular fat into our herd," Mr Allen said.

"Our owners are Chinese and they're starting to think of export potential and to attract premium prices you've got to have quality eating cuts."

Top priced female KO Dream P142 with purchaser Ryan Bajaba of Elders Pakenham, Tim Lord, K.O. Angus and Elders auctioneer Joe Wilks.

Top priced female KO Dream P142 with purchaser Ryan Bajaba of Elders Pakenham, Tim Lord, K.O. Angus and Elders auctioneer Joe Wilks.

Ryan Bajaba of Elders Pakenham, Victoria travelled a long way to purchase one of the top-selling females of the day, buying KO Dream P142 for $7,000.

The 12-month-old heifer was out of KO Dream L115 and was by another new sire to Australia, G A R Fail Safe.

"She's the maternal sister to the interbreed junior champion at Melbourne (Royal) and that she's from the red hot new sire in the country and stacks up well with her numbers," Mr Bajaba said.

"I couldn't help myself and now she's coming down to God's country, Gippsland."

But it was traditional Hereford stud, Mawarra of Longford Vic, who was the volume buyer of the day, purchasing five females as part of their new Angus venture, Mawarra Genetics.

Mr Lord said their females on offer had some of the newest genetics in the country in terms of AI sires.

"We offered some of the first progeny of Fail Safe and it was good for breeders looking to enter the Angus breed to have access to some of our core families," Mr Lord said.

The K.O. Angus sale was conducted by Elders Livestock Agents.

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