Landfall sells to a $33,000 top

Landfall Angus average a record $9243 at their 2020 Autumn Sale

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Landfall Leonardo P145, sold to Victorian stud, Absolute Angus, Trafalgar for $33,000. Photo supplied.

Landfall Leonardo P145, sold to Victorian stud, Absolute Angus, Trafalgar for $33,000. Photo supplied.

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Tasmania's border closure meant many bidders used AuctionsPlus.

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Tasmanian stud, Landfall Angus sold 152 bulls of 154 offered for a top price of $33,000 and record average of $9243 at its 2020 Autumn Sale on Monday.

Stud co-principal Frank Archer said he was unsure how the sale would go given Tasmania's travel restrictions due to coronavirus.

However, AuctionsPlus enabled bidders from all over the country to take part in the sale.

"We only had around a third of the buyers we would usually physically have at the sale," Mr Archer said.

"But we had 42 active bidders on AuctionsPlus, they bid on 136 of 154 bulls offered and purchased a total of 64 bulls.

"It was phenomenal to be able to still run a successful sale."

Tasmania's border closure did not stop the sale, AuctionsPlus bidders taking home 64 of the 154 bulls on offer. Photo supplied.

Tasmania's border closure did not stop the sale, AuctionsPlus bidders taking home 64 of the 154 bulls on offer. Photo supplied.

The $33,000 bull was Landfall Leonardo P145, sold as Lot 41 to Victorian stud, Absolute Angus, Trafalgar.

Mr Archer said he was a bull they had used heavily in the herd themselves.

"We obviously think a lot of him, he's a very well-balanced bull with a good, even set of performance data and in particular really good rib and rump fat figures, as well as a high IMF," he said.

Landfall Leonardo P145 had rib and rump values of +4.3, an IMF of +2.8 and milk value of +27.

He was sired by Landfall Leonardo L24, a high calving ease bull currently contracted to ABS.

His purchaser Anthony Pisa, Absolute Angus, was part of the syndicate that purchased Landfall's record-breaking sire Landfall New Ground N90 for $75,000 last year.

Mr Pisa said Landfall Leonardo P145 had been a bull he had been following for some time.

"He is a great fit for my pasture fed breeding program with overall good doing ability, and impressive, balanced figures, particularly in milk, fat cover with the rib and rump in the top per cent of the breed," Mr Pisa said.

"P145 has a medium frame score and impressive length I identified the cow families from both maternal and paternal sides which are well noted in the Angus breed."

Mr Pisa said he started buying cattle off Landfall in 2015, buying more than 30 heifers that year.

Other top sales included Landfall Juggernaut P1197 for $20,000 to South Australian stud, Bull Oak Well Angus, Pinnaroo.

He was sired by Landfall Juggernaut M813 and had a carcase weight value of +82.

Heath Nickolls, Bull Oak Well, said the bull's genetics appealed to them.

"He's got lots of donor cows behind him in the Landfall program both on the sire and dam side," Mr Nickolls said.

"He's out of Landfall Keystone's mother, a bull that's breeding really well.

"Phenotypically he's as good a bull as I've seen this year, he's got an extra bit of capacity and he's really well balanced, a real stylish type of bull."

Moyhall Station, Naracoorte, South Australia, was the volume buyer, purchasing a total of 14 bulls on the day.

Moyall Station's Andrew Robinson said their family had been buying bulls from Landfall for around 10 years.

"This year we purchased half a dozen more then usual because we're joining more heifers," Mr Robinson said.

Mr Archer said many of bulls purchased went to mainland Australia and there were quite a few clients bidding for the first time this year.

The sale was conducted by Nutrien and interfaced with AuctionsPlus. Warren Johnston, Nutrien was the auctioneer.

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