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Sale brings $688,000
BULLS sold to a top of $17,000 at Te
Mania's Walgett sale on Tuesday.
Co-principal of the Mortlake-based
Angus stud, Tom Gubbins described
the sale as very strong, with 100 per
cent clearance of the 95 bulls offered
for an average price of $7200 and a
sale gross of $688,000.
"We saw some new faces, mainly
from Queensland, and a lot of our old
clients were there."
Top buyer was Minnamurra Pastoral
Company, which bought 10 bulls, fol-
lowed by Michael O'Brien, of O'Brien
Brigalows Pastoral Company, who
bought nine. The top price bull --- a
Te Mania Berkley B1 son who was
lot 7 in the catalogue --- was bought
by long-time Te Mania clients Kim
and David Coulton from Morella
Agriculture. "It was a fantastic sale,"
Mr Gubbins said. "The high indexing
bulls made high prices."
Most of the bulls went to NSW,
followed by Queensland, with one
destined for Willaura, just a few
kilometres from the Mortlake base.
Te Mania Walgett sale summary
Top price: $17,000
Offered: 95 and sold 95
The $17,000 top-priced bull Te Mania Walgett bull, with Te Mania co-principals Hamish McFarlane (left) and Tom Gubbins (right) and the buyers, David and Kim
Coulton, and their son, Andrew, of Morella Agriculture, Goondiwindi.
GRAIN growers facing problems
with snails and slugs are being
advised that baiting should be
completed before the end of
Kym Perry, an entomologist
with the South Australian
Research and Development
Institute (SARDI) said very
high snail populations this
season increased the risk of
them becoming a grain con-
taminant at har vest, potentially
clogging machiner y or leading
"The next few weeks are
the last opportunity to bait to
reduce snail populations prior
to harvest. Now is the time to
monitor and assess the need
to bait," Mr Perry said.
Baiting must be finished
at least two months before
harvest to ensure bait has
broken down and does not
itself become a contami-
nant, for which there is zero
"After this time, harvest
techniques such as windrowing
of some crops, header modifi-
cations and post harvest grain
cleaning are the only options
to reduce contamination," Mr
He advised growers to
carefully inspect all parts of
all paddocks for live snails.
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