An Angus breeding program spanning many decades came to an end today when the Dance family cleared all 174 lots at their complete female herd dispersal sale at Glen Innes.
With David, Christine and Fergus Dance making the decision to move on to a new venture, they catalogued 174 lots including joined spring cows and calves, joined spring heifers, calving autumn cows and heifer, unjoined autumn heifers, spring weaner heifers and stud sires.
All 174 lots were sold for an overall auction average of $4548 and top of $17,000. Grown cows averaged $5600.
A large majority of the sale was secured online through AuctionsPlus due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, with interstate interest including successful purchases into Queensland. Bulk buyers secured lines of up to 20 cows.
Mr Dance said it was a very pleasing sale.
"We are so happy that these cattle will go to people that are going to breed with them in their stud," he told Colin Say and Co at the conclusion of the sale.
The top price of $17,000 was paid for Dance Federation J101, who the Dance family labelled hands down the best autumn cow they had bred. She was secured by Boambee Angus, Hunter Valley.
The seven-year-old female was by SAV Thunderbird 9061 and out of Dance Admiral G59 who was from Double D New Design V1035 Z13, which the Federation female line originated.
Z13 and her progeny had such an impact on the Dance herd it caused them to rethink their naming philosophy and subsequently name all her daughters under the Federation tag.
She was recently tested for genomics under the HD50K program with her growth figures improving markedly.
Dance Federation J101 was artificially inseminated to GAR Drive on June 1 and was then running with Trowbridge BB Powertool L11.
In the top 10 per cent of the breed's estimated breeding values for growth traits and retail beef yield, her first calf, Dance Comrade L4, was used extensively in the Dance herd with great success due to his ability to sire light calves that grew quickly and were heavily muscled.
Within the sale her progeny also sold successfully; Dance Federation M12 fetching $10,000 and Dance Federation N22 making $10,500.
In other solid results; the 18-month-old heifer Dance Docklands whom was set to be shown and sold at the Sydney Royal Show was secured for $7500.
The top price bull, Carabar Docklands L33, sold for $8000 and was by Carabar Docklands D62 out of Carabar Eclypta J26.
The Dance family held onto the majority of their bulls to allow them to grow out to their full potential and will be offered for sale later in the year.
The female dispersal sale was conducted by Colin Say and Co with Shad Bailey as auctioneer.
Read the full report including buyer details in The Land next week.