All the latest news - 2021

Mon 26th July - Heavy steers crack $3000 in “very solid “market

The market continues to climb in line with increases in the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) with both ends of the weight range experiencing strong gains today.  The standout was a run of heavy Angus steers sold by Nutrien Livestock that made over 500c/kg and tipped the scales at 600kg for a return over $3000.  At the lighter end of the scale, restocker vealer steers topped at 672c/kg and the heifers sold to 666c/kg. The MLA quoted high demand from restockers together with the usual processors and “extra feedlot competition.”

16th July - British “import” success story - from reprieve to record.

There really was only one story today  - the new TRLX record price for cows and calves with Angus heifers with big calves at foot and PTIC to Black Simmental bulls making $4325, smashing the previous record of $4050 achieved by Speckle Park cows and calves in late 2020. 

The 3 for 1 units were sold by Nutrien on account Grovelands Agriculture, Currabubula and tops off an emotional time for the Filby family.  Brian (pictured) and wife Janet moved to Australia  8 years ago to support their son and his family on their Currabubula farm.  But mid-way through 2020 the Filby's future in Australia was uncertain as they waited to hear if their request for a Visa extension would be granted - or if they would be sent home to England.  As the date drew closer, and with no word from the Federal government, Brian made the difficult decision to sell off his Angus/Black Simmental herd that had become ‘his passion’ since moving to Australia.  That part dispersal in Sept 2020 set a new record price for cows and calves of $3480 - which was broken weeks later -  with Brian vowing to buy the cattle back again if he could stay in Australia. 

So, not surprisingly, once the Filby’s received a three-year extension, Brian started rebuilding his herd to the current levels of around 300 heifers . Ironically, today’s record breakers were a handful of heifers held back from the original dispersal in 2020.  Needless to say, he was over the moon with today’s result, saying “I lost the record, now I’ve got it back,” adding that Australia has “the best markets in the world – and I’ve seen a few” 

26th March 2021 - Gunnedah graziers ‘over the moon” with winning heifers.

Gunnedah graziers, Keith and Jennifer Ross, “Booloocooroo”, Gunnedah were reportedly “over the moon” after their Charolais x heifers took out the title of Champion Pen at the 8th annual Virbac Weaner Challenge and Feature sale.  

Agent Patrick Purtle said they were beautifully bred heifers by stud DSK Charolais bulls and that the winners ‘couldn’t be happier” after sending them over with hopes of getting the best pen. They were purchased by Banks Partnership Winton as replacement breeders.  The Ross family, represented by son in law, David “Dipper” Campbell (pictured with agent Patrick Purtle), took the title from Tony and Tania Haling, “Hillside Park” Woolbrook whose steers have won the title numerous times, including 4 consecutive years from 2014-2017.  It was only the second time in the competition’s eight year history that heifers have taken out the title. Both took home Virbac product and cash prizes thanks to our sponsors Virbac Animal Health.

22 Feb 2021 - Mixed emotions for inaugural Autumn Lamb Show

It was a day of mixed emotions as we showcased the best lambs from across the region and paid tribute to a “very knowledgeable stockman and great friend to many”, with the presentation of the John Korsman Memorial Shield. 

Today’s inaugural Autumn lamb show saw a line-up of 1750 lambs compete in four classes with the winner taking home the memorial shield, named in memory of John who passed away suddenly before Christmas. John was one of the longest serving staff members of Tamworth saleyards, having worked at three different sites in Tamworth, and bred and showed his own sheep with great success.  Congratulations to Tongue Pastoral, Loomberah who won the export (50+kg) category before claiming the Champion title and the first name on the new shield.

Check out all the winners!