A curve-bending bull with carcase traits and moderate birthweight topped the Reiland Autumn Helmsman sale on $26,000 on Tuesday last week at Killimicat Station, Tumut.
In all, the Lucas family sold a total of 31 bulls sold for a 100 per cent clearance, gross of $402,000 and average of $12,968 - 11 lots were sold via AuctionsPlus.
Reiland Richmond R539, a 19-month-old bull sired by Reiland Nimbo N1176 and out of Reiland Iris M1496, sold for the top price of $26,000 to repeat buyers Houston Pastoral, Burrowye, Vic.
Weighing 704kg, Richmond R539 had figures in the top 10pc for carcase weight and scrotal size, and top 15pc for 400- and 600-day weights and the Angus Breeding Index and Angus Breeding Low Feed Cost Index.
He a moderate birthweight of +4.1, 600-day weight of +133, +21 for milk, carcase weight of +81, eye muscle area of +7.6 and +2.8 for intramuscular fat.
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Houston Pastoral also outlaid $21,000 for Reiland Rhino R933, a son of Stoney Point Reality M911, and Reiland Richard R852, a son of Ayrvale Montana M13.
Frank Lopresti, Bringelly, bid through AuctionsPlus to secure Reiland Rankmore R470 for $18,500 while repeat clients Dick and Jenny Turnbull, Holbrook, paid $16,500 for Reiland Regent R506 and $14,500 for Reiland Ripper R535.
Long-time client David Newby, Oldbury Farm, Sutton Forest, paid $17,500 for Reiland Reputation R985 and $15,000 for Reiland Retainer R1027.
Matt Pearce, Adelong, paid $15,000 for Reiland Remington R366, Gavin Peaty, Peaty Pastoral, Breadalbane, bought Reiland Reformation R515 for $13,000, and David and Tara Brewer, Brewer Ag, Tallangatta Valley, Vic, outlaid $15,000 for Reiland Ryder R1032.
Among the volume buyers was Lachlan Harris, Wokolena Pastoral, Wagga Wagga, with four bulls to a top of $13,000, Michael Campbell, Adelong, with two bulls to a top of $15,000, Jeff Kirk, Condobolin, three bulls to $9500 and Will Reynolds, Adelong, two bulls to $12,000.
Reiland co-principal Mark Lucas said solid and repeat commercial support seeking a combination of carcase traits, calving ease and high growth had underpinned the sale.
The sale was conducted by Ray White GTSM.
Reiland also held a feature genetics female sale on AuctionsPlus on May 13 featuring 700 cows and calves, cows and heifers joined for a spring calving, and unjoined heifer weaners from 18 vendors.
Paragon Pastoral, Tumut, topped the unjoined heifers and calves at $4500 a head with heifers aged 24-26 months and weighing 516kg. Non-station-mated cows and calves sold to a top of $4360 for Bannister Station, Goulburn, with cows aged 3.5 years and averaging 616kg and calves, one to three months.
Reiland blood cows joined to Reiland bulls for a winter/spring calving made $2800-$4275.
Reiland Angus and Taranee Pastoral, Tarcutta, both topped the cows joined for a spring calving on $4275 with eight and six-year-old cows respectively.
Heifers joined for a spring calving sold for $2800-$3725 with Wokolena Pastoral Company, Tarcutta, selling the top pen of heifers aged 21-22 months and weighing 494kg.
In the heifer weaners, Yabtree Pastoral Company, Mundarlo, topped at $2150 or 743c/kg for heifers, 10-11 months and 289kg while the unjoined yearling heifers sold to $2560 for an autumn drop pen aged 12-14 months and 403kg from Reiland Angus.
Ken Miall, Nutrien Ag Solutions, described the sale as a great success with cows and calves averaging $4335.
Mr Miall said the PTIC cows averaged $3670 and PTIC heifers average $3324 while 100 weaner heifers averaged $2100.
"Buyer support from was around NSW and into Victoria with cattle going to Glen Innes, Willow Tree, Goulburn, Cooma, Tumut and Finley," he said.
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