Bar raised at Angus sale

On a roll: Lot 39 Reiland Nicky R183 joined to Reiland Plymouth P960 was one of the heifers Denilquin’s Keith Hay bought at the Reiland Angus Raise the Bar sale.

Keith Hay, of GeneFlow Deniliquin, paid the second top price of $24,000 at the Reiland Angus Raise the Bar sale at Tumut on February 11.

The sale was hosted by the Lucas family at Killimicat Station, Tumut, and celebrated the Reiland stud’s 50th anniversary.

There were 2500 views of the online catalogue for the one-off female sale and strong bidding via AuctionsPlus on the day.

In the sale breakdown, 20 mature three-in-one units topped at $18,000 and averaged $11,100; 12 spring calving three-in-one heifers topped at $24,000 and averaged $10,458; and five pregnancy-tested-in calf autumn calving heifers topped at $25,000 and averaged $9500.

In the genetic lots, embryo packages topped at $12,800 and averaged $11,000, while semen lots topped at $1300 per 20 straws.

Overall, 83 lots sold from the 95 offered for a 92 per cent clearance and average of $9282.

Graham and Judy Houston from Houston Pastoral, Burrowye, in north-east Victoria paid the top price of $25,000 for Lot 9, Reiland Braebell J563, a 2013 drop cow joined to US sire SS Brickyard.

Mr Hay paid the second-top price of $24,000 for a spring calving three-in-one heifer Lot 67 Reiland Gisborne Q959. Sired by Reiland Kelp K318, the heifer had a heifer calf, Reiland Gisbourne S627, sired by Reiland Plymouth P960 and was joined to Reiland Pirelli P913.

Mr Hay backed up to pay $23,000 for pregnancy-tested-in-calf autumn calving heifer Lot 39 Reiland Nicky R183, a daughter of Strathewen Genetic J49 M02, and was joined to Reiland Plymouth P960.

Mr Hay then paid the top price of $22,000 in the spring calving heifers for Lot 73 Reiland Patellan R477, a daughter of KO Proceed P79 joined to Reiland Plymouth P960.

Reiland Angus co-principal Mark Lucas said there was significant stud interest from South Australia, NSW and Queensland in the top-price cow.

“This reliable donor dam would not normally be offered but we wanted to put a supreme lot in the one-off 50-year sale,” Mr Lucas said.

“The overall sale average was beyond our expectation, and it represented superbly good buying within each category.

“I was proud to see how those calves on the young first-calf heifers were shaping up given they had no special preparation.”

Top notch: Commercial breeders Graham and Judy Houston of Houston Pastoral in north-east Victoria outlaid the top price of the sale of $25,000 for Reiland Braebell J563.