In what can only be described as an incredible day in the Angus world, two Australian Angus records and one Australian all breeds record were smashed at the annual Millah Murrah bull sale near Bathurst NSW on September 3rd, with the records for top price bull and top average being broken.
The first record to be broken was the top price for an Australian Angus bull, when spirited bidding saw Lot 4 Millah Murrah Kingdom K35 (AI) (ET) knocked down for $150,000.
Sired by Hingaia 469, the bull was described by breeder Ross Thompson as a bull that ‘exudes stud sire presence. He is a hell of a good animal. That flush he is from just clicked, with the four sons making $150,000, $26,000, $18,000 and $18,000. He is by Hingaia 469 out of New Zealand. The dam is a powerful 24J, 1407, Woody W100 lineage. The maternal heritage of the bull is exceptional. The big fellow weighed 862kg at 19 months. He has tremendous dimension to him: a bit over frame score 6, he is long as a train, deep and thick through the top line. He has a great sire’s head and outlook, supple gait, great disposition and structure. And he’s actually got a very useful data set for a bull with such a usable pedigree. He has the constitution and pedigree versatility ideally suited to go over so many bloodlines of today’.
The 862kg bull was purchased by a syndicated headed up by ABS Australia, represented by Bill Cornell. The other syndicate members are: Witherswood, Gilmandyke and Ascot, with Millah Murrah retaining a 20% share as well. Ascot purchased a share post sale having been part of a syndicate that underbid the bull to the record price.
The record for top price bull was previously $117,500, made by Irelands Galaxy G43 in 2013.
All up a total of 105 bulls were sold to reach the new record average of $14,896, for a 100% clearance. This record eclipsed the $11,412 all breeds record set by Palgrove Charolais in 2006 by 30%. The $14,876 average price represents a staggering 63% jump on the previous Angus breed record of $9,147 which was set at last year’s Millah Murrah sale.
‘I hope and believe it is a watershed moment for the industry, and will usher in a broader price shift for bulls. They are not cheap to produce and Seedstockers need to be rewarded in line with the amazing upward trend in the commercial market over the past 12 months’ said Mr Thompson.
These records come during a spring selling season that has been nothing short of consistent with prices and clearances. To view the current sale results, please CLICK HERE
To view the Beef Central report CLICK HERE.
Pictured above: A new Australian Angus record of $150,000 for a top price bull, was achieved on the 3rd of September