Sept 2015 (article published at The Southern Weekly)
Angus bulls sold to high of $16,000 at the Onslow
Stud principals Doug and Barbara Tozer returned to the auction arena after five years selling bulls privately and via Helmsman to achieve a top of $16,000 and average $6897. The sale was met with strong support from clients, with 44 of 55 selling under the hammer, before clearing a further seven after the auction for $4000 each. The auction may have been put on hold for five years, but the return could not have been any more the same, with the gallery of buyers, close to that of the last sale in 2010.
The top bull sold to long time supporter of the Onslow program, Ferdie Foster, “Rosedale”, Campbelltown, Tasmania, for $16,000 via a phone bid to Elders studstock agent Josh Crosby.
The lot was Onslow Formidabull K39, a son of Banquet Formidabull F485, with a +125 for 600 day growth and +2.7 eye muscle area.
Mr Foster runs 1400 breeders, with different marketing options for his cattle, selling yearlings to the abattoirs, steers to feedlots if the price was right, store markets and he sells a lot of breeding females.
Kinlock Angus, “Kinloch”, Perth, Tasmania, paid $11,000 for Onslow Equator J315 – a son of KO A241 Equator – with a moderate birth of +4.7, +122 600 day growth, +2.9 EMA and +2.1 IMF.
TM Consulting Pty Ltd, “Hanworth Station”, Taralga, paid $8000 and $9000 for two new sires while Snowview Pastoral Company, Tumbarumba, paid $9000 for the first bull of the day a 970-kilogram Onslow Equator J316, with moderate growth and carcase, coupled with 46 centimetre scrotal.
Frank Bragg, “Rossgole”, Aberdeen, set a strong pace for the sale buying seven of the top sires which averaged $6286, while return buyers SM and NE Heggarton, “Bramshot”, Wallendbeen paid $6000 for a new sire.
The Heggartons regularly top the annual Gundagai weaner sale with steers by the Onslow bulls.
Gunninguldrie Pastoral Company, “Gunninguldrie Station”, Lake Cargelligo, paid $7000 and $6500 for two young sires with good growth and strong EMA data.
Jeremiah Pastoral Company, Tumut, paid to $6000 for four bulls, averaging $5500, while J and A McDonnell, Tumbarumba, paid $10,500 for 780kg Onslow Exacto K11, with strong growth and carcase data for an 18-month-old sire.
Rounding out the sale the Reynolds family, Twyzel Pastoral Company, “Twyzel”, Lake Bathurst, paid $7500 and $500 for two bulls, while Milson Family Partnership, Goulburn, loaded two top end bulls at $9000 each and IC and P Crawford, Goulburn, bought two for an average of $8500.