News archives - 2015

“Like a good sort that takes your eye and makes you look again” - that's how the judges described the winning pen of lambs at TRLX today for the Spring Lamb Show and feature sale and awarding of the Jason Goodwin Memorial Trophy.

 For the first time in the event’s 8 year history the prestigious title of Grand Champion Pen of Lambs was taken out by a pen of light weight lambs (40-44.5kg) entered by Ken Richardson, “Kendell” Garoo. It’s the second time that Ken will see his name on the shield after also winning the first title in 2008.

Ken won the best pen of light weight lambs and overall champion with his 3-4 month old lambs, straight off their mothers, out of Poll Dorset rams from the Marshall familys’ Abelene Park Poll Dorset stud, Woolomin. They were auctioned by Daniel McCulloch of DCM, Tamworth and purchased by Thomas Foods International for $188.

Last year’s winners, Tony and Kathy McCulloch, “Noorumboon”, Garoo backed up to defend their title but were “pipped at the post” by their neighbor, Ken. They won the medium weight (45-49.5kg) trade lambs with their 18-20 week old lambs, also by Abelene Park rams. They sold through DCM for $162 with Tony saying the feature sale is a great day – “regardless of whether you win, lose or draw”.

Werris Creek producer, Craig Pike won the export weight (50+ kg) category with his lambs going on to sell through Ian Morgan Livestock (IML) for $170.

Event coordinator, Simon Burke says that Jason Goodwin was a “really good young fella” who certainly knew his lambs and was highly regarded by many, hence the naming of the shield in his honour.

Judging panel spokesman, Brian Wellings from Fletcher International said that the winning pen caught his eye straight away for being true to type, well presented and displaying a lovely crutch, adding that five or six pens that could easily have won. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to our sponsors: TRLX, TLSAA, Abelene Park, Allflex, North West Direct Sales and Westpac Helicopter.


Steers hit $2000 as producers benefit from buoyant beef market - 13th July 2015

Local producers are reaping the benefits of buoyant cattle prices as records continue to be set and broken on an almost weekly basis at the Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange (TRLX).

Cattle prices across the region have continued to rise since bypassing the much hyped 300c/kg mark just over 6 weeks ago. Last week the top pen of steers sold through TRLX made 340c/kg and averaged 625kg for a return of $2125 to top the steers for the sale. The Angus/Angus x steers were sold by Walcha agent, Andrew Bloomfield of Pitt Sons Porter Finlayson (PSPF), on account of the Wall family, Walcha and smashed the record set in early June by Walcha graziers Julie & Ian Olrich, “Glengarry.

Spokeswoman for Tamworth Livestock Selling Agents Association (TLSAA), Michelle Mawhinney says that records are tumbling and nobody is complaining.

“There was a buzz when steers sold for 315c/kg in mid-May but each week the market gets better and better; the top heifers are now making over 300c/kg and steers this week sold to 346c/kg. Compared to the same time last year, prices for some cattle have almost doubled. By comparison, the top steers at the 7th July sale in 2014 made 209c/kg,” she said, adding that there are some very happy vendors and agents alike.

The cow market was also very strong at TRLX last week with cows selling to 266c/kg, up 15-20 c/kg from last week. The top cows made $1783, compared to 129c/kg and $881 in July 2014. Heifers sold to 313c/kg for a top price of $1688; vealer heifers sold to 307c/kg for a top price of $1060; and yearling heifers sold to 302c/kg for a top price of $1236. Bulls sold to 278c/kg with top price of $2823.

Record smashed - Mon 15th June 2015

Ian and Julie Olrich, “Glengarry” Walcha (pictured top left) smashed the yard record for their Angus steers that made 324c/kg through Pitt Sons, Walcha and came back at 533kg to return $1730. Their Hereford steers made 255c/kg with Ian crediting the McDonalds Angus advertising campaign for premiums for Angus cattle.

Woolbrook weaners take title again - April 2015

Woolbrook graziers, Tania and Tony Haling and family, “Hillside Park” have taken out the 2nd annual Virbac Weaner Challenge held at Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange (TRLX) last week for the second year running. With just under 3000 cattle yarded, competition was tough for the prestigious title which this year included a new category for the best pen of heifers.

The Halings took home more than $1500 in Virbac product, $500 in cash from the Tamworth Livestock Selling Agents (TLSAA), two trophies and their name on the perpetual trophy and Honour Board at TRLX, after winning both the steer and heifer titles. Tony and son Iva were delighted with the double win and Tony says that while he thought this year’s draft was lighter, prices were well up on their top price from last year.

“Last year at this sale our top steers made $670, compared to $905 this year. Our top heifers last year sold for $600 and $800 this year so we’re pretty pleased with that,” he said adding that they benefited from some showers early in the year despite a tough season that has seen many neighbors bores dry up and the McDonald River barely flowing.

“Our country was pretty ordinary up until Christmas but the little bit of rain in January kicked them (our cattle) on. Prior to Christmas the producers around Woolbrook didn’t know what our stock we’re eating, but our cattle were still fat so that was a reasonable start,” he said.

Good breeding and some timely showers aside, Tony believes that the key to their success is fertiliser.

“We have mainly native pastures with a little bit of super and sub clover. A lot of people have told me that the fertilizer is the difference,” Tony said.

The Champion pen of Angus steers sold for $905 while the Reserve Champion pen, also Angus, sold by NLP on account Roger and Geraldine Bomford, “Cotswold” Barraba topped the steers for the sale at $975. The “Hillside Park” cattle were part of the annual draft of outstanding weaners by Palgrove Charolais, Pine Creek Angus and Texas Angus stud sires out of big framed Riverina bred, Angus cows. The runner up pen of steers were described as renowned performing cattle, 7-8 months old, by Clunie Range and Bowen Stud bulls.

While Angus dominated the steers, the Champion pen of heifers went to the Hillside Park Charolais females. They made $765 but were beaten in price by their Angus heifers that sold for $800.

Commission buyer and judge, Rob McCarthy, Manilla commended all vendors on putting together some excellent lines of cattle, despite testing times for the industry.

A huge thank you to our sponsors for the 2nd year, Virbac Australia.