13th Cattleman's Bull Sale

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Glatz's Black Angus hits $15,500 high with strong local support

Catherine Miller, Stock Journal, 23 February 2020

Brooklyn Station's Tom Paech and Drew Maxwell (right), Lucindale, with Ben Glatz, Elders' Scott Christie,
and at front, Samantha Glatz and Nutrien's Gordon Wood with the $15,500 sale topper.

Photo Courtesy of the Stock Journal

Offered 64 | Sold 62 | Top $15,500 | Average $7741

The first sons to sell in Australia from an exciting New Zealand sire, Storth Oaks Jack 7, turned plenty of heads at Glatz's Black Angus stud's 13th annual Cattleman's Bull Sale at Avenue Range on Wednesday last week.

It helped Ben and Samantha Glatz post one of their best sale results, with 62 of 64 good type bulls backed with strong Breedplan data averaging $7741. This was up nearly $1500 on 2019's sale when 60 of 70 bulls sold.

Fourteen of the impressive bulls in this year's draft were AI-bred sons of Jack 7 - a bull with Breedplan figures in the top one to three per cent of the breed for all indexes, growth traits, carcase weight and scrotal size, which has excelled in the Angus Sire Benchmarking Project.

These Oaks Jack sons averaged $9107. One of them was the $15,000 second highest price of the sale. The lot 2, April 2018-drop, out of a first calving heifer, with positive fat and docility figures was bought by Mark & Leah Jacob, Colac, Vic. Another of these, lot 32, Black Angus Kiwi Jack P211, made $13,000 to Michael & Di Todd, Lagoon Partnership, Cavendish, Vic.

But it was lot 3, a son of prolific homebred sire Black Angus Equator A241, which was the $15,500 sale topper. The 22-month-old, Black Angus Fig Jam P62 was knocked down to AJ&PA McBride's Brooklyn Station, Lucindale, who also bought the highest price bull at Glatz's sale in 2017. Brooklyn Station manager Drew Maxwell said the bull had a great balance of calving ease, carcase, and docility traits, and displaying plenty of depth and thickness. He said Fig Jam P62 had plenty to offer their Angus bull breeding program for the company's South East properties.

Most of the 34 SA and Vic successful buyers at the sale were long-time clients getting great results with the Glatz Black Angus bloodlines.

Chesrex, Kingston, led the charge buying six bulls to $11,000, averaging $9083.

Wheal Farms, Beachport, secured four bulls for a $8500 average.

Also buying in the top-end Merrett Pastoral, Penola, took home three bulls to $10,000 for a $8833 average and HL Robertson, Kingston, also secured three bulls to $10,000, averaging $8000.

Twelve bulls made $10,000 or more and the sale remained strong right to the end showing the depth of quality in the catalogue, with the final five lots all making $8000 or more.

Mr Glatz said it was pleasing to see tremendous local support again, along with added competition from western Vic. "The high performance, calving ease sons of Storth Oaks Jack attracted significant interest and the calving ease sons of Black Angus 'Selwood' rounded out the sale particularly well," he said.

Nutrien Livestock SA stud stock manager Gordon Wood, who shared the auctioneering duties with Elders' Ronnie Dix, said it was a "really, really solid result" with strong top-end bidding. "There were a lot of opportunities to select bulls with calving ease for heifer joinings but still bulls with plenty of shape, muscle and natural doing capacity," he said.

Left: Stud principals Ben and Samantha Glatz with clients James McKay, Egremont Pastoral Company, Lucindale, Hamish Robertson, Old Gum Park, Kingston and Kevin Beare, Chesrex, Kingston, who have bought bulls at all 13 of the stud's sales.

Right: Kiwi Jack sons fly in debut at Glatz sale.