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THE Landfall Angus spring bull sale at Dilston has equalled the biggest single vendor sale recorded in Australia with 241 bulls snapped up by buyers from around the country.

The flawless, permanently fast-forwarded commentary from one of the country’s best auctioneers, Nutrien’s Warren Johnston, rang out around the sale room while the bulls were shown parading on the lush pasture of Landfall via video rather than in the flesh. However the quality cattle were well scrutinised beforehand in the pens, with breeders like Belinda Atkinson of Lebrina there to find a new bull to put over her small herd and interstate visitors Rob Costello and Jo Barr of Nairn Park in Walcha, NSW, looking for a stud bull for a larger operation.

The main sire lines represented were Landfall New Ground, Rennylea L519 and Landfall Leonardo P145, and the sale also featured the first offering of Temania Pheasantry sons. Barely a gap was left on the tiered seating and the speed and atmosphere built up over three hours as every single lot was sold, for an average price of $15,585.

Top price on the day was for a Landfall New Ground R1496 two-year-old which sold for $44,000 to Knowla Livestock and Booragul Angus in NSW. There were 98 two-year-olds sold for an average price of $18,479. Top price in the yearling lot of 155 bulls was for a Landfall Prominent S300 which was bought by Sheron Farm in Western Australia for $42,00.

The average price was $13,601. Volume buyers included Markarna Grazing (Flinders Island) which purchased 39 bulls, Tiree Discretionary Trust (Flinders Island) which purchased 19 Bulls and TRT pastoral (Smithton) which purchased 24 bulls.

For many buyers being able to view the offering online before the sale had narrowed down the lots they were interested in, and then viewing on the day refined their search and tested their trained eye.

Landfall assistant manager Tim Wheeler said while Landfall was not chasing record prices, it was achieving its goal of supplying genetics that suited the commercial producers so that they could in turn produce value-for-money beef for the consumer.

“The Landfall production system provides the opportunity to accurately identify animal performance in large contemporary groups. “We aim to provide our clients with superior genetics that help them improve their bottom line,” he said. “We are proud to have achieved the equal largest single vendor offering of angus bulls in the country, equal to Booroomooka.”