Breed societies consider changes to national sales

National stud cattle sales face changes to format amid COVID-19

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New COVID-19 guidelines have changed the format of many of the stud cattle national sales throughout the year.

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Uncertainites around how and if individual breed's national stud cattle show and sales will go ahead has led to many societies considering changes to their 2020 event.

Limousin (May 1) 

The Limousin breed announced last week they would go ahead with an online show and sale on May 1.

The sale will be held via AuctionsPlus, while the show will be hosted by LimousinBreeder.net with more information to come after entries are finalised.

Hereford (May 14)

The 55th annual Herefords Australia Wodonga National Show and Sale will go ahead under a very different format.

The auction will be hosted by AuctionsPlus on May 14 with recorded videos of the bulls to be used in a virtual judging format. Bulls will be judged prior to the sale by Erica Halliday, Ben Nevis Angus, Walcha.

Although no raw eye muscle area (EMA) or fat scan data will be available, all bulls will have weights and scrotal measurements supplied which will be signed off by a vet, as well as Breedplan estimated breeding values.

Flemington Next Level sold for $28,000 at the Limousin National Sale. Pictured with the top-selling bull, Donna Robson, Flemington Limousins, Batlow and buyers Damian and Mandy Gommers, Mandayen Limousins, Keith, South Australia. Photo: Olivia Calver

Flemington Next Level sold for $28,000 at the Limousin National Sale. Pictured with the top-selling bull, Donna Robson, Flemington Limousins, Batlow and buyers Damian and Mandy Gommers, Mandayen Limousins, Keith, South Australia. Photo: Olivia Calver

Shorthorn (June)

No firm plans have been put in place as to how the Shorthorn National will proceed in June. National Shorthorn Show and Sale secretary Debbie O'Connor said they hoped to run a sale in a capacity that allowed bulls in one place for viewing.

"We have no firm plans at the moment, but are trying to explore every avenue ... even if it is getting bulls on site for 24 hours for physical viewing," Mrs O'Connor said.

"But we are working with the guidelines. It will be run in conjunction with AuctionsPlus again as it has done previously."

Red Angus and Simmental (June 17)

The Red Angus and Simmental National will be going ahead online on June 17 at 1pm through AuctionsPlus.

It will be a live, simultaneous auction, with no auctioneer. Live lots will be sold first, followed by genetics. It is open to both led and unled bulls and females.

There will be no show taking place, but vendors are encouraged to submit both photos and videos.

Droughtmaster (September)

Droughtmaster Australia are still continuing society sponsored sales in September and October at this stage, but will be watching the situation closely.

Society president Todd Heyman said discussions were planned with the sale committees.

"Bulls will be put on feed soon for the September sales, so we are hoping to provide members and those preparing bulls with as much information as possible as soon as we can," he said.

Braford (September)

The Braford National is waiting to see how everything plays out, according to Braford Society president Dan Galloway, Qld.

"The earliest sale is Ag-Grow (Emerald), and if it doesn't go ahead we will start thinking about what we will do," Mr Galloway said.

"We are half prepared, already using AuctionsPlus and the CQLX online services with previous sales, but it's a bit up in the air. We hope things have eased by then."

Brahman (October)

Australian Brahman Breeders' Association Ltd national manager Anastasia Fanning said they were seeing how it all played out.

"It is a case of working with the current situation, and seeing what happens close to the time of entries and making a decision then," she said.

"Moving 900 bulls to an online sale is a big deal.

Charolais

At this stage the Charolais breed will not be planning to run a 2020 national due to their being so many unknowns moving forward.

Murray Grey

Announcements were made back in February that the Murray Grey National Show and Sale would not be going ahead due to limited numbers of entries for the April event usually hosted in Wodonga, Vic.

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