Past Sales - 2012

A note from the vendors...

Welcome to the 20th annual Southern Cross sale and our 15th at Pinora. It's great to see a run of decent seasons, producing a body of grass and showing our rivers can still run, if sometimes a little higher than we would like. This year sees our largest offering for 15 years and is the culmination of herd building on our part, and our major sires producing consistent lines of bulls.

Demand for Herefords continues to increase as the major supermarkets turn away from European breeds, the North looks to improve the marketability of their cattle, and cross breeding enterprises realise the importance of Herefords' fertility and temperament.

It's our intention to meet this market with consistent, quality assured lines of Hereford bulls. We take bull breeding seriously and aim to continually improve the product we offer. For a number of years we have blooded our bulls to protect against tick fever, and have vaccinated for vibrio and 3 day sickness.These vaccinations need to be continued to provide protection against those diseases. This year will see all bulls semen tested and as usual they will be vet checked.

The bulls we present come from cow herds run as commercially as possible, with heifers calving at two years old to low- moderate birthweight Hereford bulls, and then expected to calve every 12 months thereafter. This should be the norm in stud herds, but too often is not.

We believe Breedplan is a useful tool for breeding high performance cattle and provides an unbiased description of the genetic worth of these bulls. Therefore we endeavour to collect as much accurate information as possible to produce reliable EBVs. An old computer term relates strongly to Breedplan - "Garbage in- Garbage out". Talbalba is now measuring both birth weights and mature cow weights to generate better information.

I was fortunate to attend the World Hereford Conference in Calgary last month. There I heard country after country reporting increased demand for Hereford cattle, increased registrations and increasing prices.

The theme for the conference was "celebrate the new Hereford" and it seems people around the world are doing so. We at the Southern Cross Sale look forward to offering you "the new Hereford", one that is more profitable, has low labour inputs and is still pleasing to the eye.

We look forward to seeing you at "Pinora" on September 13 2012.

Regards
Steve Reid & Tom Nixon

Polled Bulls (2012)

Lot 22: DEVON COURT CARLTON F207 (S)

A1NF207 - The first son of Remolea Carlton to be offered. From one of our better female lines and going back to Monreid President.

Lot 23: DEVON COURT CARLTON F198 (S)

A1N F198 - Dam is a beautiful big cow with heaps of depth and length.

Lot 27: DEVON COURT ESSENTIAL F148 (S)

A1NF148 - Reserve Junior Champion Bull at BEEF 2012. This is an impressive young bull and not just in the show ring. His dam Z431 goes back to Monreid President.

Lot 28: DEVON COURT ESSENTIAL F123 (S)

A1N F123 - Stud sire potential! A stand out bull in my mind - clean coated, long, with a power of muscle but easy doing and soft.

Lot 30: DEVON COURT ESSENTIAL F142 (S)

A1N F142 – This bull may be registered as a commercial but he has been a stand out from birth. His dam Z205 is a heifer's first calf and is run with stud cows. Fantastic cow, wish we had more like her.

Lot 35: DEVON COURT CARLTON F109 (S)

A1NF109 – A good young bull with length and muscle.

Horned Bulls (2012)

Lot 64: DEVON COURT ADVANCE F074 (H)

A1N F074 - First son to be offered by Injemira Advance C085 who was purchased for $21,000. We have been very happy with his first drop of calves. Suitable for joining with heifers.

Lot 65: DEVON COURT ADVANCE F052 (H)

A1N F052 - Great skin and hair with plenty of muscling and good EBVs (very low birth weight). Suitable for joining with heifer. We have retained 100 straws for in-herd use only.

Lot 66: DEVON COURT ADVANCE F067 (H)

A1N F067 - Suitable for joining with heifers. Very good bull with plenty of power and carcass.

Lot 67: DEVON COURT ADVANCE F057 (H)

A1N F057 - Great bull, suitable for joining with heifers. We have retained 100 straws for in-herd use only.

Lot 73: DEVON COURT HAYMAKER F162 (H)

A1N F162 - Devon Court Haymaker C260 has really put his mark on this great young bull. He exhibits thickness, length and depth.

Lots 75, 76, 78

Lot 75: DEVON COURT METTURA F192 (H)
Lot 76: DEVON COURT HAYMAKER F155 (H)
Lot 78: DEVON COURT HAYMAKER F153 (H)