Buyers at last Wednesday's 24th YavenVale Poll Hereford bull sale at Adelong would hardly have known there uncertainty in the broader cattle market.
Vendors, James, Nicki Pearce and Pat Pearce cleared 116 of the 138 bulls offered to a $10,925 average and $55,000 top.
The top-priced bull, YavenVale Silverstone S335, was an artificial insemination and embryo transfer son of Glentrevor Trust N909, and was bought by Alvio Trovatello, Glendan Park, Kyneton, Victoria.
Mr Trovatello was taken with his new sire and said he liked it its muscle pattern, sound structure butt profile and performance figures.
The 20-month-old homozygous poll bull weighed 760 kilograms with a scrotal circumference of 40 centimetres.
The bull also was presented with December 2022 Hereford Breedplan figures of -5.0 for gestation length, +3.6 birthweight, +103 600-day weight, +22 milk, +4.5 eye muscle area, +1.1 rump fatand +1.4 intramuscular fat.
The bull's $Index values also included +$215 for Southern Self Replacing, +201 Northern Self Replacing, +220 Southern Baldy Maternal and +$180 Northern Baldy Terminal.
The bulls figures also had it ranked highly for several traits, including being in the top five per cent of the breed for gestation length and all market indices, as wellas the top 10pc for all growth traits.
Also among the stud buyer line-up was Chris Lisle, Tummel Herefords, Walcha, who paid the second top price of $28,000 for the homozygous polled Yavenvale Superman S129.
Sired by Yavenvale Powerhouse P499, the 864kg bull ranked top one per cent for IMF, top 5pc for 600-day growth, top 10pc 400-day growth, scrotal circumference and all indices, and top 20pc for 200-day growth, milk, EMA and rump fat.
Yavenvale had retained semen from the young sire for within herd use.
Jon Weston, Harden, paid the top price by a commercial producer of $23,000 for Masterplan son, Yavenvale Scooby S526 (S).
Mr Weston bought three bulls for an average of $13,666.
YavenVale co-principal James Pearce said more than half of the catalogue represented new sire lines.
"The Masterplan genetics are fresh and new and these were the first sons to be offered in Australia of Orari Gorge Quoit 160105 and Tarcombe Encore Q053," Mr Pearce said.
"We try to get from lot one to 144 as even as possible - we have a big cow herd to select from and you see here the best of what we have got. The scale of this program and the steers that we sell to the Teys Grasslands or Greenham Never Ever brands show us what is required to meet the market specs."
The sale was settled by Ray White GTSM, Albury, with Brian Leslie the guest auctioneer and interfaced online via AuctionsPlus,