It has been many months since we have updated this site so it is timely to inform customers about recent events.
We have experienced our most challenging year for more than a decade with regular flooding and waterlogged paddocks and way too many sets of hoofs.
Thankfully, as the pictures show, the grass is growing and cattle are now regaining their bloom. The pastures will take time to recover so we have decided to reduce our breeder numbers next year to facilitate the recovery. The first stage of the reduction will take place at Barnawatha saleyards on December 1 with a dozen retiring HBR cows and a dozen heifers to be sold PTIC. A further 15 cows will be sold in the first half of December on a date to be decided. Please check our Facebook page for updates.
We had informed clients we were unsure whether an on property bull sale would take place in 2017 due to our labour constraints. Fortunately Peter has convinced Lily to work for us full time until she leaves for university next February. We will then delay the sale till March 7 to give us time to get her settled in her new environment. We will also be open for Beefweek on February 2nd.
We look forward to seeing you all then.
Peter Annick and Lily wish to extend our most sincere appreciation to everyone who attended and participated in yesterday's sale.
Twenty nine registered bidders saw us achieve a complete clearance of 29 bulls offered, for our best result yet, averaging $5273 and topping at $8100. Two other bulls sold for $8000 and another four sold above $7000.
The top priced bull Stewie L77 was purchased by John Daniel of King Island. The bull was in the top 1% for the ABI and top 5% for 400day weight EBV's and was out of Prime Lowan F20, dam of Juggernaut J15.
One of the second high priced bulls GPS L68 impressed all who saw him with his superb phenotype. He was purchased by Alan and Jan Robinson, Jarobee Angus, who also purchased another standout GPS son, L32 for $7600.
Eight thousand dollars was also the price paid for Lot 1, Docklands L80. He too displayed a standout phenotype and was purchased by Clive March of Tocumwal.
It was a marathon effort lasting an hour 40 minutes with the bidding strong throughout. All but 6 bulls sold to repeat buyers.
Long time Prime Angus bull buyers, Pete and Beth Smith of Tatong, will be dispersing their herd at the Barnawatha Female on Friday January 22nd due to the loss of their two lease properties. Peter and Beth bought the top priced bull CXBB20 at our inaugural on property sale 10 years ago. They subsequently bought several top quality bulls including the top priced bull K1 at last year’s sale.
Prime reatained semen from K1 and we are expecting his first calves this autumn. 120 PTIC females and 6 Prime Angus bulls will be offered including CXB K1, K30, K60, J76, J90, and F48 in the dispersal. B20 grew into a phenotypically superb bull and made a lasting impact on the cow herd. We would recommend the cattle to commercial producers looking for a deep pedigree of easy calving, high growth and high carcase merit. We wish Peter and Beth all the very best for the sale and their future endeavours. We also thank them for their years of support. We will really miss them on the last Friday in February.
Selection is currently underway for this year's sale bulls. The online catalogue will soon be available on this site in addition to the Angus Australia site.
Scanning took place last week. Results were extremely pleasing. 37 10 month old bulls averaged 5.5% IMF. Even more extraordinary, their heifer counterparts averaged an astounding 7.0% IMF!
We are often critical of Breedplan, which does have it's llimitations. But the reality is that with so much data available breeding decisions are made easier. In addition, when actual data in the form of scan results so clearly reflect the seedstock producer's breeding directions, that is very satisfying.
Customers please note. Prime will not be taking part in Beefweek this year. It is always difficult for us to manage the demands at this time of the year as our bull sale is just a few weeks away, our girls are on the point of calving and the work load is carried out entirley by Peter and myself. As we are both post middle aged, we have decided we need to be kinder to ourselves. However, we are happy for producers to contact us to make a time to inspect the bulls in the lead up to the sale.
Peter, Annick and Lily would like to extend a huge "thank you" to the new and long term clients who helped us achieve a complete clearance of the 35 bulls offered on Friday. Topping the sale was Prime Thunderbird K1(pictured above) @$8000. K1 weighed 681kg, an impressive weight for a 13 month old bull.
He is in the top 1% of the breed on all indeces and growth EBV's. He was purchased by local breeder Peter Smith, who has bought the top lot on several occasions. Second highest price was paid for a son of Carabar Docklands, K65, by Eric Milano of Onalim Nominees near Moyhu.
The sale averaged $3603.
We weaned early December and preparations for Beefweek and the bull sale are well underway. We expected weaning weights to be down on last year due to the cold wet end to winter. Surprisingly, both top weight(522kg for a Thunderbird son) and average weight(455kg) were higher this year
Australia Day at Prime saw the arrival of the first calf by Juggernaut J15
After a truly memorable start to our year with the sale of Juggernaut J15, followed a magnificent autumn with excellent early rains and great pastures.
In early April 25 yearling heifers departed for China in another first for us entering the export market.
In late April we sold our 13 - 14 month old steers into the fat market in Wodonga. They averaged 531kg and made $2.15/kg, equating to $1144.84 each, a sensational result for young steers.
2014 joining was a time of great excitement for us as Peter inseminated the first Juggernaut J15 semen into the herd.. Customers will see some other new names on the sire list. They include; GPS HAAS, AAR10X, MONHEN SOUTH DAKOTA, BENNET ABSOLUTE, THUNDERBIRD, and CHERYLTON STEWIE, all outstanding outcross sires which sit comfortably with our stated objectives of calving ease, high growth and carcase merit. Other more familiar sires include Tuwharetoa Regent, Carabar Docklands Te Mania Emperor, and Booroomooka Inspired, all of which we look forward to calving down in 2015
Left: Peter inseminating the first of our Juggernaut semen.
Prime Juggernaut J15 stole the show at yesterdays 8th Annual Prime Angus Yearling Bull Sale. In what we understand is a new Australian record price for a yearling, "Juggs" fetched $41000.
The syndicate which includes Anvil Angus and High Country Heifers was the winning bidder in a spirited five way contest. A second Regent son, J31 (Lot 12) sold for $10000. The sale averaged $4593 with 29 of the 30 bulls selling for a 97% clearance.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all bidders for helping us achieve a great sale result.
Winter was WET and we bore the full impact of our high stocking rates with stressed cattle and damaged pasture/soils resulting in silage yields in the spring being half that which we would have expected.
It was a woolly mob of bulls we weaned early December but thankfully the wet did not impact on weights. The boys are now looking good and on track to meet visitors at Beefweek.