History was made on Friday evening when Jackungah Speckle Park, Pine Lodge, Vic sold a joined cow and calf for $57,000, a new world record for the breed.
The momentous sale was part of the Blueprint Opportunity Sale, an inaugural multi-vendor, on-property sale put together by Jackungah's Jack Nelson and also featuring Ewyn Speckle Park, Balhannah, SA, Baw Baw Speckle Park, Yarragon, Vic and Hanging Rock Speckle Park, Newham, Vic.
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The sale averaged an incredible $18,807 for the 26 females sold, while the 11 bulls went for an average of $11,500 (top of $18,000) and $2470 was paid on average per embryo (top of $5500).
"We never could have imagined it to be this good, we planned it to be a big event but this certainly exceeded expectations," Mr Nelson said of the results.
Overall Jackungah offered 20 females, which sold for an average of $19,950, while their 10 bulls averaged $10,200.
Jackungah sold their whole Q drop at the sale, Mr Nelson said the gutsy move was because they wanted to make a big impact on the breed.
The record-breaking cow, Jackungah Nellie N09, was bought by Gavin Lang, Mansfield, and nabbed the top price from Jackungah's Sydney Royal junior champion heifer Jackungah Koda Q17 who sold earlier for $38,000 to Betts Cattle Company, Colac.
"We knew there was some interest in her (Koda Q17) so we thought she might have topped it but she was outdone," Mr Nelson said.
Another Jackungah cow, Jackungah Nova N05, also caused a stir, selling for $40,000, paid by Andrew Donnan, Willangie, Vic.
Mr Nelson said as a three-in-one package, Jackungah Nellie N09, offered a lot of value to buyers, as well as being a very impressive cow in her own right.
"She was a hard one to sell, her dam's also a really good cow for us and is still breeding at 14 years old," Mr Nelson said.
Nellie N09 was by Codiak Eagle GNK 46Y and her dam was Six Star SOS Eileen D102. She was joined to Canadian sire INC Breaking News 63F and her bull calf at foot was her second calf, with her first daughter sold earlier in the sale for $22,000.
The record-breaker was showed as a heifer and sashed reserve junior champion at Royal Melbourne and was junior champion at numerous local shows.
Her purchaser, Mr Lang said it was her conformation that interested him and he hoped she would fast-track his herd's genetics.
"I bought this cow purely so we can flush her and use our Angus calves once they calve this spring to set them up," Mr Lang said.
Mr Lang, of Lang Constructions, said he currently ran 70 breeders and they sold into both the weaner and feeder markets, as well as trading cattle.
He plans to sell embryos from Nellie N09 and will offer the bull calf she was sold with at the Scone Speckle Park sale next year.
Junior champion sells for $38,000
Mr Nelson said it was Jackungah Koda Q17, his heifer who sold for $38,000, who was one of the hardest to let go.
"I nearly cried seeing her go," Mr Nelson said of the heifer, who created buzz at Sydney after she was named junior champion.
She was by Jackungah Koda K01, who was the senior champion female at the 2017 Melbourne Royal Speckle Park Feature Show, and by a herd sire, Almarlea F160 Extreme M81, who the Nelson's picked out from the Scone sale. Koda Q17 was PTIC to Canadian sire INC Breaking News 63F.
The heifer's half-sister, Jackungah Nova N05 (also by Jackungah Koda K01), was the cow who surprised the crowd by selling for $40,000 immediately after the $57,000 sale.
Four-year-old Nova N05 was sold PTIC, joined with JSF Unmarked 2D, and with a Premier 101Y Logic L11 heifer calf at foot.
Jackungah Quiet Achiever Q006 was the top priced bull to be offered, selling for $18,000 to Jason Hayes, Invergordon, Vic.
Hanging Rock sell full flush for $32,0000
Hanging Rock Speckle Parks also had a memorable night, selling a full flush in their champion Hanging Rock Heather P01 for $32,000 to Kellanne Cattle Company, Toowoomba, QLD.
Hanging Rock Heather P01 was out of AAA Lavender L28, Reserve Miss World in 2018, and is by renowned Speckle Park sire Fish Creek Farm Thunderstruck L1.
Heather P01 won grand champion at Adelaide in 2019 and supreme exhibit of Melbourne. Her sire was also a supreme exhibit of Melbourne while her dam took the title in 2018.
Ewyn Speckle Park sold three females for a top price of $26,000 and average of $20,333. Their top priced female was Ewyn 23e Sassafras R12, an unjoined heifer who was the first female in Australia from the Legacy Sassafras 97Y cow family.
While, Baw Baw Speckle Park sold three females for a top price of $13,000 and average of $9667.
The team at Baw Baw also bought a Jackungah heifer on the night, Jackungah Kassy Q03, for $25,000.
The sale was conducted by Mulcahy Nelson Livestock and Brian Leslie, DLS and Michael Glasser, Ray White GTSM took the bids.
It was interfaced online with Elite Livestock Auctions which saw 203 registered bidders from across Australia and a total of 505 people tune in.
- Full report in this week's edition of The Land and Stock and Land