Sale’o Sale’o! Are you prepped for the 2020 sale season?

December 11, 2019 2:18 pm

With Angus sales around the country kicking off again, all members should consider this guide when planning a sale, ensuring that all the necessary steps are taken will aid in a successful transaction when creating a sale catalogue and will help maintain good relationships with clients and build your reputation.


Members should have their calf registrations submitted to Angus Australia by the time the calves are 12 months old as per the current Regulations.

As with anything there will be a small percentage of errors, for example a bull calf has been recorded as a heifer, so the advantage of submitting calf registrations in advance means that any errors that are made can be rectified as soon as possible with the Member Services Team and they won’t make a surprise appearance when they’re ready to be sold, saving you the need to collect a DNA sample a month out from your sale to correct the issue.

TransTasman Angus Cattle Evaluation (TACE) Data

It is now common practice amongst seedstock producers to collect each animal’s performance information and submit the data for inclusion in the TACE analysis.

A lot of time and effort goes into collecting this data from conception to slaughter, and it is equally as important from a registration and EBV perspective that animals are fully registered and active with the correct information on the Angus Australia database as it influences:

  1. The successful submission of each animal’s weights, scanning data, measurements etc. for the inclusion of the fortnightly TACE analysis.
  2. The animals and parents EBV accuracies, ensuring the registration details are correct for an animal will not only show more accurate EBV figures for your sale animal, but will also have a flow on affect back to the registering dam and sire.

Timing is everything when submitting TACE data, as with weighing sale animals within the correct timeframe for 200, 400 and 600 days, then the time to scan, there’s a lot going on. However, with good practices in place and keeping a copy of the 2020 TACE Analysis Dates on standby, will make it much easier to plan in advance in accordance to when your anticipated sale might be.

We recommend when submitting data for TACE that all information should be submitted at least a month before compiling the sale animal’s information for your catalogue. This will allow for any interruptions that may occur and for the fortnightly data to be available once analysed.

Review the Angus Australia Regulations

A worthwhile light read are the current Rules and Regulations before selecting your sale animals or dispersing your stud.

It is a good way to familiarise yourself with some changes that may have occurred within the year that could affect how you wish to advertise the animals that you’re intending to sell.

For example, if you are selling a calf at foot it must be registered and have a form of permanent identification applied to it.

Reviewing the Regulations could in future save you a lot of grief.

Angus Australia regularly informs all members about any Regulation changes however, it doesn’t hurt to double check the information you have on your sale animal’s and familiarise yourselves with the current regulations before listing your lots. You could be saving yourself time, money and frustration.


DNA testing is something you most definitely do not want to leave until the last minute. This can affect the delivery time of your catalogue and the vital information that you wish to include.

As it stands for DNA testing the genetic, parent verification and genomics testing should be submitted at least 3 – 4 months in advance of your sale. Not only does this allow for any unforeseen circumstances that may occur while the testing is being performed on DNA samples, this time frame also allows for your results to be loaded into the DNA software at the Angus Australia office to have the data included in either the GeneProb or TACE analysis and for it to also be updated.

Genetic Testing – results can be received between 4 to 6 weeks, once the results are received at the Angus Australia office, they are loaded into the database. Members will receive a DNA Order Final Results notification from the Member Services team, however, these results will not be updated on the individual animals straight away, GeneProb software is run every Tuesday and the results will be visible on the Angus Australia database the next day.

Parent Verification – results can be received between 6 to 8 weeks, and once the results are received at the Angus Australia office they are loaded into the database. Members will receive a DNA Order Final Results notification from the Member Services Team, this will inform members of any qualifications, exclusions or sample recollects. Depending on when these results are received (either morning or afternoon) they will be displayed on the Angus Australia database the same day if in the morning or the following day if in the afternoon.

Genomics Testing – results can be received between 6 to 8 weeks, and once the results are received at the Angus Australia office they will be loaded into the database. Members will receive a DNA Order Final Results notification from the Member Services team, please note that when these results are received in the office is vital to when they will be included in the next TACE analysis. It is important to keep the “TACE run” factor in mind when submitting DNA for genomics information as these results still need to be analysed through TACE before they can be updated accordingly on the database and show under a sale animals ‘Observed Traits’.

For example, if a DNA request for genomics testing is submitted on the 1st July, it will take roughly over a month before results are available (27th July) and the next TACE submission deadline is the 1st August, because these results were received at the Angus Australia office before the deadline they will almost be guaranteed to have updated EBVs in a fortnights time. However, if the DNA is submitted at a later date and the results are received and loaded onto the database on the 7th August, those results will not be included in a TACE analysis until the 15th August submission deadline. In this case the end result will be that the, EBV’s are updated for sale animals for Mid-August or September.

Again, keeping a copy of the 2020 Angus TACE Analysis Dates handy will help indicate appropriate dates for submitting DNA for genomics so you’ll have EBV updates when required.

Catalogue Request and Process

Having all your ducks in a row leading up to sale catalogue production will make the process far more easier as all of the sale animals data will be current and correct, and being organised with all your additional data and information will make for a smoother process for your Graphic Designer.

Before completing your catalogue request form, it is necessary to carefully read through the catalogue agreement before signing your request form, there is some important information listed which in turn if not read and understood could have potential legal repercussions down the track.

A copy of the current catalogue request form and agreement can be found at:

Upon submission of your completed request form and lot animals, there are many other additions that can be provided by members for inclusion into their catalogue design with Angus Australia, they are:

  • Additional animal information e.g. Raw structural data, DOB in months, Vet checks and so on.
  • Photos/YouTube videos
  • Artwork
  • Advertising
  • Specific colouring or fonts

To eliminate the possibility of errors, it is a requirement that any additional animal information, colouring, advertising etc. be provided and specified by the submitting member and any photos or YouTube videos are to have the sale animal’s ident as the file name rather than e.g. Lot 1, N45, Thunderbird. Rule of thumb, we can only include online or in a catalogue design what we’ve been provided from you the member.

There are different catalogue services available for members to utilize and each service comes with an array of inclusions to promote your sale and get more value for money.

Standard Catalogue is the choice of standard templates that are already set up to input your animal’s information.

Customised Catalogue is where you can alter any of the standard templates to suit your needs or simply create your own template layout and include colours, photos, shading of EBV data and as much information as you would like
to include.

Full Catalogue Design is similar to a customised catalogue however the whole catalogue is designed from front cover to back cover. This includes organising a printer for you, customising your Quick Summary EBV Table, designed catalogue promoted on social media and more. The sky is the limit with this service.

More information on our catalogue services can be found at: or if you have any questions or queries please contact us on (02) 6773 4600 or email

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get my catalogue as a Word Document so I can add in additional information and put spacing in between
my lots?

Unfortunately no, the Angus.Tech technology is currently set up to insert animal information into prebuilt Standard Templates. These are not generated using Microsoft Software and Customised/Full Design catalogues are now being produced by InDesign Software, we can now only supply catalogues in a PDF format.

In addition to this, as part of our new Angus Australia Catalogue Agreement; catalogue data shall only be supplied by Angus Australia via either a PDF format or a CSV data extract file.

How long does it take to have my catalogue listed online and a PDF put together?

Provided that all of your lot animals are currently registered, active and in your ownership, on average we can turn around an online listing and csv data extract within a day or two.

Having a custom catalogue created for you will be in a PDF format and generally delivered to you anywhere between two to five days depending on a number of factors such as EBV availability, DNA results, catalogue peak periods and creating a template for your lots.

Although once this template is set up to your needs, the process will be a lot quicker than the first year.

What does the Sire Assured and Parentage Assured logos mean?

The Sire Assured and Parentage Assured logo is a program developed by Angus Australia to highlight sale or semen catalogues where the vendor has invested in DNA testing their sale lots for either sire verification or full parentage verification.

Sire Assured is where 100% of the lots listed have been DNA sire verified. Parentage Assured is for 100% of lots that have been DNA parent verified (i.e. both sire and dam).

Only sale or semen requests performed by Angus Australia are eligible to have this logo displayed online and in their catalogues.

I am dispersing my stud, what do I need to do to sell my animals?

The process for dispersals is relatively the same as a normal sale, we do however require a prepayment for the catalogue service before we can execute a catalogue service request. If you are thinking of dispersing contact us direct for more information or for any further enquires.