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2020 Bannaby Angus Bull Sale Highlights

Having delayed the sale by one week due to forecast bad weather, the weather on Sale Day Saturday 29 August was absolutely beautiful – sunny, no wind and 17 degrees.

The sale topped at $20,000 and averaged $9,225, up from a top price of $10,000 and an average of $6,876 in 2019. We were thrilled with the strong support for the sale from long term buyers, as well as a number of first time buyers.

The top priced bull, Bannaby Cowboy Up P126, an HA Cowboy Up son out of  Anvil Jestress J212, went to first time buyer the Walkom family, Crookwell. They also purchased his flush brother Bannaby Cowboy Up P139 for $17,000.

The second top priced bull at $19,000 was Bannaby Capitalist P156, an LD Capitalist son out of Bannaby Jestress L04, sold to another first time buyer, Cate Investments, Crookwell.

Volume buyers on the day were long time buyer Joe Coles, Goulburn who took home four bulls to average $6,000, and Mt David Station, Mt David who also took home four bulls at an average of $8,500.

At $16,000 Luke Carroll from Merricroft Pastoral Co took home the next highest priced bull, the 18 month old Bannaby Reality Q05, a KO 839 Reality son out of our original Moongara donor cow Bannaby Moongara D21, a daughter of the great Wallaroy Moongara X125.

Markdale Pastoral Co, Binda took home two bulls – Bannaby Capitalist P103 and Bannaby Reality P244 at an average of $12,500. Long time supporter Narrambulla Partnership, Goulburn also took home two bulls at an average of $8,500.

Our neighbours, James and Brendan Thorpe took home two bulls at an average of $7,500 and Peter Branson, Yarranoo Pastoral, Crookwell took home two bulls at an average of $7,500.

Breeding a type able to handle all conditions

Maintaining a consistent type is key for the pure Angus herd based at Kippilaw, west of Goulburn, NSW.

About 1200 breeders, down from 1400 after destocking during drought, are run on 3440 hectares over six properties in the Goulburn district. Owner Lee Macarthur Onslow has been breeding Angus cattle on the Southern Tablelands for almost 30 years, with the foundation herd based on Hazeldean bloodlines, but for the past 10 years they’ve used predominantly Bannaby genetics, with some Myanga bulls used. Manager Roger Robertson said sires used in the herd from Bannaby included bloodlines from Te Mania Infinity, Matauri Reality, and Te Mania Daiquiri, with the focus on maintaining consistent type.

“Keith (Kerridge) and Glynn (Langford) at Bannaby Angus pay great attention to detail in regards to sires used and their performance,” Mr Robertson said. “Their cattle always have really strong figures in regards to milk, calving, IMF (intramuscular fat), EMA (eye muscle area) and growth. We’ve been more than impressed with the bulls and their progeny particularly in regards to their temperament and their ability to perform in all conditions. We have noticed great improvement in our calves in depth, softness and muscle while maintaining correct conformation and type.”

Progeny is targeted at the feeder market, either sold directly to feedlots or through the South Eastern Livestock Exchange at Yass, where there’s feedlot and restocker demand. “We’re lucky to have the assistance of our agent Steve Ridley at Elders. He’s given us a lot of advice to help with the future direction of the herd, along with the marketing of our cattle and bull selection,” Mr Robertson said.


We have noticed great improvement in our calves in depth, softness and muscle while maintaining correct conformation and type.

Roger Robertson, Kippilaw, Goulburn


“Because we run all cows we’re trying to get as much weight in the calves as possible at nine to 10 months, but we’re flexible on the market depending on the season and market levels. In normal conditions we can turn them off pretty easily at 280kg to 300kg, but sometimes we carry steers through to heavier weights on cropping on various properties.” Mr Robertson handfed cattle for three years through drought, but the calves were still able to gain weight.

“We fed a lot of hay and silage, but the breeders have maintained their condition and we’ve been able to turn off all our calves above 300 kilograms,” he said. “That’s a combination of genetics and feeding – you’ve got to get the genetics right. After three years of drought, they still have good growth and milk, while maintaining their condition.” The properties have a mix of native and improved pastures, including phalaris, cocksfoot and clovers, with heavy fertiliser input on most of the country.

Mr Robertson also grows oats through winter and brassica and millet in spring and summer. All calves are yard-weaned for two to three weeks at Kippilaw, where they’re introduced to hay.

“We feed hay to our weaners for three to four weeks to get them through the weaning period, and they can go into the feedlot market pre-conditioned.”… Read the rest

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Witherswood dispersal – October 2018

These females, and other purchased at Witherswood, have entered our embryo transfer program and we will have calves on the ground in spring 2020.

We had followed the progress of John and Joan Woodruff at Witherswood for a number of years and were very pleased to have the opportunity to make some significant purchases at the Witherswood herd dispersal in October 2018, including:

Belles of Banquet Sale – November 2015

We bought a number of females at the Belles of Banquet female sale which totalled 120 lots.

We purchased the top priced cow, Banquet Champagne C154 for $30,000 and a number of other cows, including the top priced Kite cow, Banquet Kite D482, and Banquet Dream C226.

These cows went into the ET programme and have produced some excellent progeny for us.