The best stories from 2018

3rd Sept 2018| New title holder, new record and a downpour

On the first Monday of Spring each year we like to think that the late Jason Goodwin is looking down on the outstanding line up of lambs at our annual Spring lamb show and feature sale - and we think he may well have been today as the heavens opened up as Simon Burke announced Robert Carey as this year’s winner of the 2018 Jason Goodwin Memorial Shield for his export weight (50+kg) lambs.   Robert took out the title for his “hand-picked” pen of 70-76 kg, Jan and July shorn lambs,off barley grain and hay sourced from South Australia.  They were knocked down by agent Simon Burke to RJ Fletcher for $300 with Robert donating $300 to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

 Robert credited part of his success to Simon’s advice to “get them big, really big” and said he was elated to be in such esteemed company of the previous title winners. He also thanked the sponsors for their support, particularly the Douglas Family from Abalene Park Poll Dorsets, whose rams sired many of the lambs today.  After supporting the show since it’s inception 11 years ago, Simon said there was no more deserving winner than Robert.

 The trade lamb (45-49.5kg) category was won by Wheatacres through DCM. They made $278. The light weight (40-44.5kg) category was won by JA Livingston through Pitt and they made $159.

23rd July 2018| Hat trick (& national record) for Tarakan trio

Stuart, Phillip and Mitch Steiger confirmed their place as our premier lamb producers today smashing their own record price for lambs with an outstanding pen of Jan shorn, ten and a half month old lambs off the oats, estimated by buyers at 76kg, sold by Ian Morgan Livestock for $292. We’re claiming it as a national record after Wagga claimed the record at $276.20 on 28th June and Dubbo hit $286.20 earlier today.

 It comes just 4 weeks after Tarakan set a Tamworth record price of $253, smashing the record they also set on 6th June last year.  Stuart Steiger was here to see the lambs sold and was extremely pleased with the result but regretting that there’s no more left at home.  Congratulations to the vendors on an outstanding result. And good new travels fast - word had filtered through to Dubbo before our sale had even finished today! Click here for the full sale report.

25th June 2018| Silver lining - but no clouds - as record smashed

There may be no clouds around but there is definitely a silver lining with a new record price of $253 for lambs sold by IML on account Stuart Steiger, “Tarakan”, Cobbadah in Tamworth today, smashing the record price of $232 also set by Tarakan on 5th June last year.

Stuart was on hand to see his lambs sold and, although cautiously optimistic and humble, they were plenty of people tipping they’d make a record price. Stuart was thrilled to break their own record “during one of the worst droughts” he’s ever seen, adding “it was pretty hard to get them here because they haven’t had much feed.”  Although he’s sold heavier lambs he said “these were heavy enough trying to drag out to crutch yesterday” and with 500 acres of oats sown, and another 50-60 lambs at home, if he gets any rain he’ll try to hang on to those, ultimately packing as much weight on them as possible.  Congratulations on a magnificent pen of lambs Stuart.

5th April 2018| Outstanding Nowendoc black baldy weaners keep title on tablelands

Neil and Beth Higgins, “Old Crockford”, Nowendoc have taken out the 5th annual Virbac Weaner Challenge in Tamworth with their outstanding quality Angus x Hereford weaner steers (pictured ) sold through Chris Paterson Livestock and described by judge, Rob McCarthy as “long, big, growthy steers”. They were knocked down for $980.

The Higgins break the winning streak of the Haling Family from Woolbrook who have won the past 4 titles and sold their complete drop of weaners today. The best pen of heifers went to Colly Creek Pastoral Co, “Colly Creek” Willow Tree for their Angus heifers sold through Ian Morgan Livestock. In announcing the winners, judge Rob McCarthy commended all vendors on producing “outstanding cattle in some of the worst conditions” and agents said the market was much better than expected given the recent trends and seasonal conditions.