The best stories from 2019

2nd September 2019| Through cyclones and droughts to be crowned Champions

Last year, 10-year-old Claudia Kirton from Walcha decided she wanted to enter the annual Spring Lamb Show.  Today, after one of the wort droughts on record and a devastating cyclone that smashed their property just days before Christmas last year, 11 year old Claudia took centre stage at TRLX, surrounded by some of the industry’s best producers, buyers and livestock agents, as she and her father Angus received the JV Goodwin Memorial Shield for the Champion pen of lambs on behalf of their family business Kirton Partnership.

Angus Kirton says that the 90-100 kg winning lambs were specifically targeted at the show and on feed all year, adding that “they were very different to a commercial enterprise, at a considerable cost to produce, but it was really a project for Claudia and something to focus on in the drought.”

Some of that cost was recouped when the champion pen was sold by agents, Davidson Cameron for $346. As part of their prize, the family also pocketed cash and products from various sponsors and, in a remarkable display of generosity, then turned around and donated $1000 to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. 

Agent, Simon Burke says that it was a fantastic result given what the Walcha family have been through with a cyclone ripping through their property just days before Christmas, creating wide scale destruction. Read the full story here

Friday 22nd July| Cow numbers fail to dampen red hot market

The cow market continued to strengthen today with prices up as much as 18c/kg, despite making up almost one third of the total numbers.  The best cows topped at 276c/kg - a price not seen since 5th September 2016 when 520+kg cows in Tamworth topped at 277c/kg.

The strong market wasn’t just confined to the cows with strong demand for young cattle, well finished heifers “to the trade” up to 23c/kg dearer, heavy steers up to 8c/kg dearer,  grown heifers as much as 12c/kg dearer and bulls up to 10c/kg dearer.

It made for some very nice returns with the best of the cows nudging $2000, the heaviest steer making $2200 and the heaviest heifers making almost $1950. 

22nd July 2019| Tamworth lamb record smashed – and just 20 cents off national record

The sale was abuzz with expectations of a new record today and we weren’t disappointed with extra heavy lambs sold by Davidson Cameron on account Wiseman Partnership, "Garthowen" Attunga topping the market at $354 – just 20c off the national record – and smashing the existing record of $330 set in September last year.  

Selling agent Scott Newberry says the Aug/Sept drop lambs (pictured) were locked up on the grain since April and the cost to produce such an outstanding result was rewarded with Fletchers International buyer, Brian Wellings, says they’re the best lambs he’s ever bought in his 25 year career as a buyer. Congratulations on outstanding results under very difficult conditions.

Another 5 vendors made over $300 for their lambs in one of the strongest sales ever seen in Tamworth, reflecting the current supply shortfall. Congratulations for making it into the 300CLUB.

20th May 2019| Mutton goes around the best lambs in a strong market

The mutton market was the highlight at TRLX today with a pen of heavy mutton (pictured) sold by Pitt Sons, Walcha on account Gates, Uralla making $266 - $11 more than the best lambs - in what is probably a new record for ewes. The strengthening market reflects the continuing low supply with prices for even the lighter sheep very good.

29th April 2019| End of an area for Burke and Smyth Stock and Station

Today Simon Burke sold his last pen under the Burke and Smyth business started by his father Terry and business partner, John Smyth, in 1971. Before kicking off, Simon thanked his family for their support, adding that his wife is “pretty happy because, back in the day, every agent wore white moleskins and, for a while there, we had shares in Napisan”.

 Simon took over the business from Terry 20 odd years ago and says that it’s been a “great road, a long road” and that the best thing about being an agent is to be “standing up here each sale and doing your best for your clients”

 TLSAA President, Chris Paterson says that Simon has made a huge contribution to the Association, including as President many times, and has coordinated events including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Tag A Calf sale and annual Spring Lamb Show and Feature Sale.

 With B&S sold to Davidson Cameron, Simon and his “right hand man”, Chris Gooch, will be shifting camp with Simon focussing on rural property and Chris continuing his current role with the new company. Simon says it’s “exciting times ahead” and he’s looking forward to the transition.  We thank Simon for his commitment and contribution over many years, wish he and Tanya and family all the best for their new venture and look forward to seeing him around the saleyards.  


Friday 15th March| Stronger than expected and title to tablelands

The Virbac Weaner Challenge title for the champion pen sold in Tamworth today will stay on the tablelands.

Champion pen was won by George and Sue Lyon, "The Springs" Nowendoc for their 6-7-month-old Charolais x Angus steers. They went on to make $915, top price for the 2800 steers sold from a total of 4000 weaners on offer.  The best pen of heifers went to Hereford heifers sold on account Mary Thompson and Estate John Thompson from Niangala. They made $490 with both winning pens sold by Chris Paterson Livestock.  

Although everyone was prepared for a tough sale, agents and vendors agreed that the market was stronger than expected with big numbers enough to attract QLD buyers who were “the strength in the market.”

7th Jan 2019| New year, new leadership team for TLSAA 

Tamworth Livestock Selling Agents Association starts 2019 with a new leadership team, combining youth and experience.

Tamworth agent, Chris Paterson (pictured far left with clients) has been elected association President. Originally from Gloucester, and with a lifelong involvement in the livestock, Chris is Principal of Chris Paterson Livestock and Century 21, Tamworth and, together with his family, owns Heart Angus.  Chris takes over the reigns from Philip Hetherington from Garvin and Cousens who held the top job through 2018. 

Jon Goudge, Elders Tamworth has been elected Vice President and Mitchell Swain, Davidson Cameron is Junior Vice President.