The best stories from 2020

Fri 27th Nov 2020| Speckle Park smash record - for 2nd sale running

Speckle Park cows and calves have smashed the Tamworth record just 2 weeks after it was set. 

The outstanding quality F1 Speckle Park cows by Minnamurra bulls with second calves at foot sired by “Hillview S A Gareth” (RLB N16) topped the sale at $4050 and were sold by Nutrien Livestock on account Mitch and Kayla Kelaher.  Selling agent, Joel Fleming was cautiously optimistic before the sale with strong demand for the popular breed pushing prices as high as $5000 for a cow/calf unit down south . It was that demand that saw cows and calves hit $3650 at TRLX two weeks ago and before that Angus cows and calves made $3480 on 18th September . 


Fri 13th Nov 2020| New record for cows/calves, steers crack $1900

Speckle Park took the honours today, setting a new record for cows and calves with two Speckle Park 3rd calvers sold by IML on account Red Rock making $3650 to beat the record set 6 weeks ago by Grovelands.

The market was very strong - again - with spirited bidding from restockers from across the New England and North West and “a high level of confidence”.  

Fri 18th Sept 2020| New record for British "import" bittersweet 

Building the herd has been a labour of love, in more ways than one, for Englishman Brian Filby and his wife Janet as they wait for news on their pending visa extension. With the clock ticking until they potentially have to return to England, the Filby's made the difficult decision to start dispersing their Angus/Black Simmental herd. 

Since moving to Australia seven years ago to support their son James and Australian wife Veronica with their young family, including a son with severe Cerebral Palsy, Brian has made the cattle “his project” while sons James and Tom run the cropping enterprise on the family's Currabubula property, "Grovelands"

But with Brian potentially out of the picture, and the boys flat out with a ” fantastic crop", the cattle have to go - and today saw the first steers and heifers and 54 cows and calves sold by Nutrien Livestock with the lead pen of Angus/Simmental cows with May/June drop calves at foot topping the sale at $3480 for a new TRLX record. The cows with Aug/Sept drop calves made $3000 and the steers shared the top price in that category.

Selling agent, Scott Simshauser said the Filbys have done a magnificent job and thanked them for their support. With another 80 heifers at home waiting to calve, and potentially be sold at TRLX over the coming weeks, Brian says daughter in law Veronica is working tirelessly to get an answer on their future.

 "We may get an extension but, at this stage, we have to leave by 14th October. This is the best country in the world - we want to stay.  But if we do have to leave, then get to come back, I’ll be buying these calves back again” said Brian.

 The record price for cows and calves comes as producers continue to rise and producers look to get back into the market.

Mon 7th Sept Roworths take Jason Goodwin Memorial Shield

John and Helen Roworth and family “Minarooba’ Duri took out the Jason Goodwin Memorial Shield with their April/May drop heavy export lambs, weighing 56-57kg.   While the Roworths have previously won a category, they've never won the Champion pen and John said it was “terrific” to win the shield named in Jason’s honour. It's a fantastic turn around for the Roworths who were forced to destock their property during the drought - the first time since 1948.  John said the turnaround in the last 6 months has been "amazing", stressing they are a small family farm with a lot of family effort in the win.  The lambs were knocked down by Scott Newberry, Davidson Cameron for $202.

Speaking on behalf of the judges, Brian Wellings, Fletchers International said it was a ‘tight contest” and congratulated all of the vendors who stayed in the lamb industry after "an horrendous drought", adding that the sale included some of the heaviest lambs he’s ever seen from last year’s winners, the Kirton family of Walcha.   

The light trade was won by Nigel and Lisa Lawson (DC) and made $155; medium trade category (pen 24 below) was won by Scott and Amanda Doyle (DC) and made $159; and the new Dorper category was won by Chriss and Sue Crowell, Glenbogie, Upper Moore Creek and sold by Chris Paterson for $160 .

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to our amazing sponsors; the Goodwin family, the Douglas family at Abelene Park Poll Dorset stud, North West Direct Sales and Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange (TRLX)

Fri 17th April 2020| COVID -19 can't stop red hot chopper sale

Despite tough COVID 19 restrictions, the annual Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) Tag A Calf sale was on and raised approximately $5000.  Tony and Tania Haling, “Hillside Park” Woolbrook, together with agent Ian Morgan Livestock, donated $1470 from one of their top selling weaners, purchased by Tim Walsh, Fleming and Ross, Gunnedah (pictured left with Ian Morgan).  It was a very personal cause for the Haling family who had a call out from the helicopter last week after their daughter had a horse-riding accident.

Neil Family Grazing, Tenterden Station, Guyra also teamed up with agents, Nutrien Livestock  to donate $1400 from an Angus steer, purchased by local member Barnaby Joyce and parents Jim and Marie, with Mr Joyce continuing his long association with the sale.

Although the number of buyers was restricted, plenty took the opportunity to inspect before the sale and buy through their agent or online.  It did little to detract from the market with agents quoting prices $100-$150 dearer on last sale.  Standouts included the  Haling weaners sold by IML and a ‘magic run” of 160 Charolais/Charbray heifers,  300-360kg off agistment sold by NL on account McIntyre Family Partnership. The bulk of the McIntyre heifers were purchased for Dave and Louise Carlon, Tarwarri, Nundle with thelead pen making $1500 and averaging $1440.  Simon Burke, DC paid $1370 for the the lead pen of Haling heifers on behalf of clients, saying  “you won’t find better – they have a head start in genetics.” They will be grown out and joined to Heart Angus bulls.  

Mon23rd March 2020|Sales go on, but not as you know it

It was a sale like no other today as we enter unchartered waters for our industry and our country. While other services and businesses shut down, we must ensure that our livestock sales continue as an integral part of the supply chain.  Our association and TRLX are taking this situation very seriously and are committed to ensuring that this happens. But it’s far from business as normal.  We need to limit the numbers of people in the saleyards, so we are asking people who are not intending to buy livestock, or are not essential to the sale process, to remain away from the facility.   However, there are still numerous options to watch the sale and bid. TRLX have a large screen tv with livestreaming of the sale adjacent to the carpark. Alternatively, you can view the sale live on the, see photos of the top pens on our Facebook page and/or bid online on

Fri 20th March| “Carnegie” & “Carlowrie” claim VirbacWeaner Challenge honours

Tablelands graziers reigned supreme again today with JB Carpenter, "Carnegie" Niangala (pictured with manager Barry Green) taking out the Virbac Weaner Challenge for his 7-9 month old, grass fed, Watasanta and Clunie Range blood Santa/Angus weaner steers sold through Garvin and Cousens.  They topped at $1420

 It's the seventh time in as many years that a cold country producer has won the title, with the gong up for grabs with last year’s champions George and Sue Lyons having already sold most of their weaners. The Champion pen of heifers went to Camlin Investments, Manilla for their Charolais x heifers (pictured below) out of big frame Angus/Santa cows by DSK Charolais bulls. They made $1520 through Purtle Plevey Agencies to go around the champion pen of steers

Judge Jeremy Cummins, Teys Australia, said that although the quality may not have been as good as previous years, it was “exceptional given the conditions prior to Christmas” adding that that Camlin heifers were “ exceptional” and that Carnegie has “exceptionally well bred cattle, year in and year out, and I know that previous buyers are happy with how they’ve grown out to suit various markets.”