Tookey Creek & Jarrah Park Genetics hit Record Prices at Casino Weaner Sales
March 31, 2016
Pictured - John Smith, Woodenbong; Michael MacCue, 'Wilga' Bellata; Maree Smith, Woodenbong; Arch Northam, George and Furhmann, Casino and Bob Jamieson, Inverell blocking our view of the champion pen of Santa cross weaners that sold to 382 cents/kg for $1407 Photo courtesy of The Land
Mike was very excited to head over to the Casino weaner sales at the end of March to see the progeny of Tookey Creek and Jarrah Park bulls being sold. Not only was it a privilege to see a fantastic line up of cattle by our bulls, it was also a great opportunity to support our bull clients by purchasing cattle for our feedlot. Our buyback guarantee is a part of the relationship that we have with our clients where we will always endeavour to support and purchase progeny by our bulls when they meet feedlot entry requirements. The quality of cattle penned by the John & Marie Smith, Jim & Jan Smith, Jamie & Vanessa Smith and Jasen Sommerville were a credit to them and we are extremely happy with how they have started to perform in the feedlot.
"Day three of the George and Furhmann annual weaner sale at Casino saw record bidding for Santa cross heifers top at $1244 while steers hit $1439 as 1700 head went under the hammer.
The vast majority of heifers were returned to the paddock, said George and Furhmann’s Darren Perkins.
The best season in living memory for John and Maree Smith, ‘Glenayre’ Woodenbong, combined with a range of fluid market factors to produce their champion pen of 20 Santa/Hereford steers, which sold to 382 cents/kg to make $1407, averaging 368kg.
“We have never wanted for rain,” said Mr Smith.
Buyer Michael MacCue, ‘Wilga' Bellata was particularly interested in the Smith family progeny, including that from John’s brother Jim and his wife Jan, ‘Townview Pastoral; Company’ along with their son Jamie and his wife Vanessa, because some of the bulls used to produce them came off his family’s property in the first place.
Inverell buyer Bob Jamieson indicated that backgrounding cattle were in higher demand now that commodity grain prices had slumped and more crop producers were turning their back on winter wheat and barley and planned to plant oats this season with an eye on cattle to make that crop profitable.
Mr Jamieson walked away with 1000 head of ‘phenomenal cattle’ for a variety of customers to be used for backgrounding and feedlotting purposes.
“You don’t see weight for age at this quality anywhere,” he said.
“I’m happy with the quality and the price. I would have taken twice as many if they were there. The quality here is exceptional. The weight’s a bonus. It’s in the breeding and the management.” - by Jamie Brown The Land