Genetics

Angus sets Australian all-breeds record bull price at $360,000

Beef Central, 27/07/2023

A NEW Australian all breeds record price for bulls has been set during the Texas Angus annual sale at Warialda earlier today.

The Mayne family sold yearling bull Texas Thunderstruck T383 for $360,000 to Mackas Angus at Salt Ash, NSW.

The price exceeds the previous all-breeds bull record of $325,000 for Brahman bull NCC Justified sold in 2017.

It’s the first time in history that an Angus animal has topped Australia’s all-breeds bull prices. Only a Wagyu registered heifer, sold for $400,000, has made more money as a seedstock animal in Australian history (click here to view Beef Central’s comprehensive list of breed record prices for bulls and females.

Texas Angus had exclusive semen rights to Thunderstruck’s sire, US-based Poss Rawhide for the last two years. Thunderstruck was the first and only Rawhide son to be sold in the southern hemisphere this year.

Poss Rawhide was sold for US$200,000 and Thunderstruck’s grand sire Poss Maverick sired Iceman ($225,000) and Deadwood (US$900,000).

Thunderstruck’s carcase EBVs (see below) showed +82 for carcase weight, +3 for IMF and + 12.7 for eye muscle. His growth EBVs included +91 for 400-day weight, and he carried a selection index of +$250 for the Angus breeding index and $420 for the Low Feed Cost index.

“We believe Texas Thunderstruck is something very Special and will take the Angus breed to the next level,” vendfors Ben and Wendy Mayne said in their catalogue comments.

“He was the absolute standout calf of a 350 cow/calf contemporary group at weaning time and had been since birth. The style and stature of this young sire is something you have to see for yourself. Presence, power, performance and profitability is the perfect way to describe this up and coming young Angus sire with a wonderful balance of all traits,” the Maynes said.

“He has a very fertile maternal background out of the Omnia cow family known for its longevity and consistency. Wendy and I have never been this excited before about the potential of where this young Sire could go and what he could do for the Angus breed.”

 

 

 

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