Australian stud beef cattle breed record prices at a glance

Beef Central, December 10, 2018

THE past three years has produced a number of new breed record prices for bulls and registered females sold at auction in Australia.

In order to keep abreast of these breed milestones, Beef Central moderates this comprehensive list© of national breed record prices for bulls and females as a handy reader reference tool.

What’s evident in the list is that while some breeds have recorded new highs in the past year or two, other breeds’ record prices were set 30 or more years ago.

Buyer confidence instilled by strong commercial cattle markets is clearly a factor in recent bull price record-setting. Drought has slowed – but not ceased – the rate of record-setting in 2019. In addition to those records set in the past three or four years as cattle prices lifted dramatically, there is also a record-setting ‘cluster’ around the 2005-2007 period, when cattle prices were also rising sharply. Other breeds registered their current standing records as far back as 1980.

While most attention focusses on bull values, we’ve also compiled a separate list for registered females sold at auction. It’s apparent, and somewhat logical, that quite a number of the female breed records were set at herd dispersals, with studmasters evidently reluctant to part with their truly elite breeding females unless dispersing their herds.

To submit amendments or add new entries to this list as records are re-set, please contact Beef Central via email at [email protected] or phone 0412 331745.

The lists below are ranked according to record price. Records are based on auction results (either physical or online) only – not private treaty, where circumstances are much more difficult to verify.


Registered bull record prices at auction:


$325,000 for NCC Justified sold by NCC Brahmans, Inverrio, Duaringa, Qld, to Rodger and Lorena Jefferis’ Elrose Brahman Stud, Cloncurry, Qld, at NCC Brahmans on-property sale, October 31, 2017. The previous all-breeds record was $300,000 for Lancefield Burton Manso sold by Lancefield Brahmans, Dululu QLD to Happy Valley Brahman Stud, Mackay QLD – Tartrus Lancefield Sale 2006, Gracemere QLD.

The 2017 NCC sale also set the all-breeds record for average price, when 76 bulls sold in a total clearance averaging $26,915.

While this list is restricted to registered bulls, it’s worth noting that $96,000 was paid at the 2016 Big Country Brahman sale in Charters Towers for a Grey Brahman unregistered herd bull,  Kenilworth 4899, bred by Kelvin Maloney, Kenilworth, Mt Coolon, and bought by Brian and Cindy Hughes, Lanes Creek, Georgetown. The price was an all-breeds Australian record, and most likely a world record for a herd bull.


$185,000 for  two-year-old hetrozygous purebred poll, Poll Wagyu Midnight M0775 (ET), offered by the Poll Wagyu Stud  syndicate and bought via AuctionsPlus interface by Johan Strudom from South Africa, at the 2018 AWA Elite Wagyu Sale in Mackay. Midnight was the first animal sired by the number one Wagyu carcase bull in Australia, Mayura Itoshigenami JNR, to also carry the polled gene. The previous record for Wagyu was $105,000 for a horned Fullblood bull, achieved at the same sale a year earlier.


$180,000 for Glenlands Prince sold by B & V Childs, Glenlands Stud, Bouldercombe QLD to Fortus Stud, Ballogie QLD – 2012 Inaugural Glenlands on-property sale, Rockhampton QLD


$160,000 for Milla Murrah Paratrooper P15 sold by Ross and Dimity Thompson, Millah Murrah Angus, Bathurst NSW to Paul and Siobhan Cowan, Oldfield Angus Stud, WA at the Millah Murrah Bull Sale, September 2019. The sale set an Australian record Angus sale price of $17,261, for a total clearance of 69 bulls. Milla Murrah also sold the $150,000 previous record holder, Millah Murah Tex K35 sold at the same sale in 2015 to syndicate including John & Joan Woodruff, Witherswood Angus; Jim and Jackie Wedge, Ascot Angus; Gilmandyke Angus; and ABS Australia – Millah Murrah Bull Sale 2015, Bathurst NSW.


$160,000 for Woonallee Los Angeles, sold by Tom & Lizzy Baker, Woonallee Simmentals, Millicent SA to Brett Nobbs, Nobbs Cattle Co, Duaringa, Qld – Woonallee Elite Production Sale February 2017, Furner SA.

Woonallee record priced Simmental bull

Hereford/Poll Hereford:

$121,000 for Inverary Dominator D56, sold by Don Anderson and family at the Inverary Collection Sale on-property in 1986. More recently, $110,000 was paid for Injemira Anzac K220, sold by Injemira Herefords, Book Book, NSW to Ravensdale Poll Herefords at Holbrook, NSW at the annual Injemira on-property sale, February 2016.

Murray Grey:

$110,000 for Maneroo Fulton 2nd, sold by Maneroo Murray Grey Stud, Bunbertha, VIC, to a syndicate involving GM Lorentz, Cranbrook Stud, Sutton Forrest and D. Staff, Baerami House Stud, Muswellbrook, NSW at the Maneroo Stud dispersal on November 5, 1980, following the death of stud principal John Cornish. As outlined in this historic sale report from the Maneroo dispersal unearthed by Geoff Phillips as part of our research into this sale (Click here to access) a number of records were set, including all breeds Australian record price for a bull at $110,000 (see image of Maneroo Fulton 2 below); an all breeds national record price for females of $30,000; and an average price for 29 stud bulls of $8581. That figure would not look out of place even in today’s super-heated bull market.

Based on an average annual rate of inflation in Australia since 1980 of 3.15pc, Maneroo Fulton made the equivalent of $346,251.89c in today’s (2017) money.

Manaroo Fulton 2nd (1)


$110,000 for Telpara Hills Van Damme sold by the Pearce family, Telpara Hills Stud, Atherton QLD to Mal & Sue Burston, Broadlea Station, Moranbah QLD – Rockhampton Brangus Sale 2014.

Santa Gertrudis:

$91,000 on two occasions: Firstly for Yarrawonga El Salvador K306 (P) sold by Andrew and Fiona Bassingthwaighte, Yarrawonga Stud, Wallumbilla QLD to David and Suzanne Bassingthwaighte, Waco Stud (Muldoon), Mungallala QLD – Yarrawonga Sale 2015, Wallumbilla QLD; and secondly for Waco Floyd, offered by David and Suzanne Bassingthwaighte, bought by the Hatton family, Diamond H Stud, Wandoan, at the Yarrawonga-Waco sale September 2017.


$83,000 for Moongool Lunar Rise (P) sold by Price family, Moongool, Yuleba Qld to David and Lynette Whitechurch, Fourway Stud, Inverell NSW, at Moongool’s annual bull sale, September 2017. A second entry in the same catalogue, Moongool L67E, also eclipsed the previous $61,000 Charolais breed record held by a Palgrove bull, when he sold for $64,000. While this list is limited to bulls sold at auction, special mention should be made to Rick Pisaturo’s Mandalong Chock, sold privately in 1986 for a reported $165,000 to Scott Cluning.


$75,000 for Nero Y2K Zee Top, sold by Calrossy Anglican School, Tamworth NSW to Carlton Shorthorns, Hahndorf, SA –  National Shorthorn Sale 2006, Dubbo NSW.

Black Simmental:

$52,500 paid for Woonallee Messiah M170  sold by Baker Group, Woonallee, Millicent, SA to Lewis Farms, Alberta, Canada at Woonallee’s annual sale February 2018.

Blonde d’Aquitaine

$50,000 for Rupari Joiner d’Poll, bred by Greg and Linden Roberts Rupari Polled Blondes, Yarrawonga, Vic, and bought by Bob Andrews, Wangaratta and genetics dealer Agri-Gene, via a silent Helmsman auction on Facebook in March 2015. The price is believed to be a world record for a Blonde d’Aquitaine bull.


$45,000 for Carinya Murdock, sold by John & Jacquie Amor, Carinya Stud, Dulacca QLD to  the Chad families, Donrinda and Double C Studs, Dubbo, NSW – 2012 National Braford Sale, Gracemere.

Speckle Park:

$35,000 for Minnamurra Leander L81 (ET)  sold by Minnamurra Pastoral Co, Coolah NSW, at its annual bull sale, May 2017.


$32,000 for Ashfield Hi-Fidelity, sold by John and Judy Fry, Ashfield Stud, Wangaratta VIC to Andrew Crawford, Kilbarnie Pastoral Co, Wellendbean NSW – Ashfield Bull Sale 1989, Wangaratta VIC.


$32,000 for  Huntington Nero (P), sold by Welsh Cattle Co, Huntington Charbrays, Taroom QLD to Matt Pulsford, Hampstead, Toogoolawah QLD – at Huntington Charbray sale October 2019, Taroom QLD.

Record priced Charbray bull Huntington Jeramiah sold for $30,000 at the 2015 Huntington sale.

Record priced Charbray bull Huntington Jeramiah sold for $30,000 at the 2015 Huntington sale.


$27,000 for Five Star M71013, sold by Geoff Maynard, Maynard Cattle Co, Jambin QLD sold as a three-quarter share and full possession to Chris Simpson, CAP Genomics, Brisbane, at the Five Star Senepol Sale September 2018, Gracemere QLD.


$24,000 for Palgrove Kingpin (P), sold by Palgrove Stud, Dalveen QLD to Mick and Tanya Madden, Earlwood Stud, Duaringa  QLD – Palgrove Annual Bull Sale 2016.

Belmont Red:

$20,000 for Seifert Belmonts SEI170155 (PP), sold by Seifert Belmonts, Emu Creek QLD to Richard Bethel, Willunga Grazing Co, Willunga, Nebo QLD at the Belmont Red Sale, Jandowae QLD, July 2018.

Registered female record prices at auction:


$280,000 for registered Fullblood Wagyu heifer Mayura N1229 (AI) offered by Scott de Bruin, Mayura Wagyu, Millicent SA, and bought by Brian Stamps, Oklahoma USA, bidding via AuctionsPlus at the 2019 Elite Wagyu National Sale, Adelaide South Australia, May 2019. Also eclipsing the previous all-breeds female record was Trent Bridge K0034, a September 2014-born cow, sold in calf, offered by Wal and Jenny Perry’s Trent Bridge Wagyu Stud, Armidale, NSW and bought for $200,000 by GeneFlow, a recently-launched IVF company based out of Tocumwal in southern NSW.


$190,000 for Millah Murrah Prue M4 (ET) sold by Ross Thompson, Millah Murrah Angus, Bathurst, NSW to Brooklana Angus stud, Brooklana, NSW, at the Millah Murrah female sale, October 2017. A second heifer in the same sale, MM Prue H112, also eclipsed the previous $45,000 Angus female record set at the Vermont Angus dispersal in 2010, selling for $54,000. The same sale may have set an all-breeds record for registered females, when 250 cows and heifers sold in a complete clearance averaging $13,790.

Poll Hereford:

$160,000 for Baldrudgery Lisa sold by Bruce, Beth and Vera Hodges, Baldrudgery, Baldry, NSW to Denis, Lois and Julie Brancourt, at the Sydney Royal Easter Show sale in 1990. The result was claimed to be a world record for a registered female at the time. A second Baldrudgery heifer by the same sire (Beartooth Quester), sold at the sale made $140,000 when sold to Bob, Brenda, Trudy and Tony Newham. There was a frenzy of interest among Australian Poll Hereford breeders in new US genetics at the time, following the historic first importation of live cattle from the US the previous year, after a 30-year Australian market closure. That first consignment of new genetics, imported via the new Cocos Island quarantine station, included bulls and heifers from the Hereford, Poll Hereford, Brahman and Santa Gertrudis breeds, plus others. Note reader comments below.

Click here to access a full page advertisement from the  February 1991 Poll Hereford journal celebrating the record sales.


$72,000 for The Grove Legends Dale A755 sold by The Grove Shorthorns, Condamine QLD to Woolcott Shorthorns, Meandarra QLD – The Grove Shorthorns Sale 2006, Condamine QLD


$70,000 for Palgrove Maxine, 43(P), sold by Prue & David Bondfield’s  Palgrove Stud, Dalveen QLD to Greg Clyde-Smith, Atherton QLD – Palgrove Female Sale 2008.


$61,000 for FBC D Lady Lyn Manso 608D, sold by Fenech Brahman Cattle Co, Dululu QLD to Paul and Donna Taylor, TMB Stud, Goomeri QLD – Wilangi Invitation Sale 2005, Charters Towers QLD


$60,000 for Telpara Hills Miss Van Damme 15M3 (P) (ET) sold by the Pearce family from Telpara Hills Stud, Atherton QLD to Troy Mitchell, Coffs Harbour, NSW (telephone bidding from Chile) – Rockhampton Brangus Sale October 2017.

Murray Grey:

A Murray Grey registered female record of $57,000 has been claimed for Kelvin Grove Daphne 26th, apparently around 1884, during the breed’s heyday. That sale has not yet been verified to our satisfaction. Readers who can provide sale clippings or other evidence please contact [email protected]


$48,000 for Tusmore Nicole, sold by Jim Mahoney, Tusmore, SA to John McQuay – Tusmore herd dispersal 1990, SA. Although it does not qualify based on this list’s ‘at auction’ proviso, a record for Black Simmental females at $22,000 was set by WA breeder Mike Introvigne for the paddock sale of  Bonnydale Glendive K199 with calf at foot, bought by Valley Creek Simmentals, Bowral, NSW. Top priced registed female among Fleckvieh cattle was $10,600 paid for Tennysonvale Kellie (P) bred by Tennysonvale Simmentals & Fleckvieh’s, and bought by Nobbs Cattle Co at Tennyson’s sale in 2016.


$42,500 for Glenlands Kineesha, sold by B & V Childs, Glenlands, Bouldercombe QLD to David Torrisi, Vitwood Stud, Hervey Bay QLD – Glenlands Sale 2007, Gracemere QLD.


$35,000 for Tanhill Grenadine, sold by AJ & JY Whistler, Tanhill, Milawa VIC to Billabong Limousin Stud, Wagga Wagga NSW – Tanhill Limousin Sale 1988, Wodonga VIC.

Santa Gertrudis:

$34,000 for King Ranch Jewell, sold by King Ranch, Macquarie Downs Leyburn QLD to John Bolster, The Lakes Stud, Woodenberg NSW – King Ranch Dispersal Sale 1990, Macquarie Downs QLD.

Speckle Park:

$32,000 for 17-month-old heifer, Three Way Gracelands NGL M27, bred by Neil and Glenda Gorrell’s Three Way Speckle Park Stud, Brookside, Nundle and bought by Doug Comb, Keiross, Hay, NSW. The result was also claimed to be a world female record for the breed.


$16,000 for AACo SE2M13, sold by Australian Agricultural Co, QLD to Ian Manly, Antigua Stud, Lower Wonga QLD – AA Co Senepol herd dispersal 2006

Belmont Red:

$10,250 for a 30-month-old PTIC heifer offered by Seifert Belmont Reds, Jandowae QLD, in calf to the Australian record-priced Belmont bull, Seifert Princeton, bought at the 2019 Seifert Belmont Red Sale.


$6000 for Little Valley Miss Wren, 2808, sold by Bennett family, Little Valley Braford Stud to Dwyer family, Barykino Braford Stud – New Dimensions Sale 2015, Bell QLD.


While the list above is exclusive to beef breeds, worth noting was the Australian record for dairy breeds of $251,000 for an elite Holstein heifer sold in January 2017. The heifer, sold by Victorian Declan Patten and a US partner, was bought by a US artificial breeding business, Sexing Technologies. The heifer carried the highest Genomic Total Performance Index (GTPI) figure of any dairy animal ever sold in the world. See earlier story here.


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  1. robert w condon, July 1, 2020

    is there a list of KERRY cattle breeds in australia at all
    As well any books on breed

  2. Helen Armstrong, April 23, 2018

    Thanks Darren, we are chasing fertility in our Brahman herd and require a positive SS to weight which is a good predictor of daughter’s fertility. We also require morphology pass above 70% and motility above 80%. While this can vary a little, according to their work and the season, we have found it consistent across years. We test all our herd bulls every two years and any new bulls prior to entry.

    Good luck with your boy! I wish you all the best.

  3. Tobias Linnane, August 30, 2017

    To Beef central
    I have sent you in a email new breed records at the show and sales for Hereford and poll Hereford cattle .
    There’s more then that.

    We haven’t laid eyes on it Toby… Could you send it again? Editor

  4. Craig Turner, July 15, 2017

    Hi James and Jon,
    Still loving all the ‘Centrals’.
    In terms of record stud sales, I am sure the whiteface female record was set in the mid/late 80s when Bruce Hodges from Baldrudgery Stud sold a Poll Hereford heifer at the Sydney RAS sales (when there was a whole day of Herefords and a whole day of Poll Herefords sold) for $160,000.
    Now, I acknowledge neither the buyer nor the heifer were ever heard of again, from my recollection, but it was definitely knocked down at a public auction at the time – I was there.

    Keep up the good work

    Thanks for your comment Craig. You’ve given us some homework to do. We’ll report back to readers via this report when we’ve done some research, and know more. Editor

  5. Damien Sotter, July 5, 2017

    Speckle Park bull record price now stands at $35,000 by Minnamurra Past Co, Coolah on 19th May 2017

    Thanks for the update, Damien, List is now updated. We rely on our sharp-eyed readers to keep us up to date on any changes we might miss. Editor.

  6. Ian McDuie, July 4, 2017

    Black Simmental record is $32,500 for Woonallee Luxembourg bought by Peter Howarth, also at the Bakers’ 2017 Woonallee sale.

    Thanks Ian – Our record list now updated – in fact the record was set twice at the same sale! Editor

  7. GARY BULLER, July 4, 2017

    Thankyou to Jon and team at Beef Central for the update.
    Cheers, Gary

  8. Carl Baldry, May 22, 2017

    We were just looking at the top priced Beef Females, very interesting read. We think this is a great idea.
    We are from Tennysonvale Simmental Fleckvieh’s and we had pretty good sale results last year in which we sold two Fleckvieh females listed below:-
    Tennysonvale Kellie (P) – sold to Nobbs Cattle Co for $10,600.
    Tennysonvale Kezami (P) – sold to Nobbs Cattle Co for $10,400
    If you would like some photos or more information, please let us know. Many thanks Carl.

  9. Gary Buller, April 11, 2017

    Great reading, thank you.
    Could you include the record prices for the Murray Grey Breed as well?
    Top price bull was Maneroo Fulton 2nd at $110,000 and the top price female was Kelvin Grove Daphne ( #? )who sold to Des and Archie Priestley of Barbaralorraine and Robgranthony studs for $57,000. Geoff probably has the year details etc. Many thanks in anticipation. Gary

    Thanks for your comment, Gary. We’ll do some research and add the Murray Grey bull and female details once we can verify. Editor

  10. Darren Kent, March 8, 2017

    In reply to Paul Butler & Helen Armstrong, having purchased several high price sires for our stud herd the earning ability of outstanding sires is far and away in excess of what we have paid for these high price animals , every high price animal we have purchased for our own Ooline Brahman Stud and there have been many, in each case the sale price was what the animal made at public auction by genuine sale. Our latest purchase being Jomanda El Toro for a Rockhampton Brahman Week record of $150,000 in 2016 we see this as a serious investment in the future genetic gain of not only our herd but the breed and the beef industry in general and the price reflects what the rest of the paying public thought of the bull he weighed 780 kg at 21 months of age with a scrotal circumference of 38 cm and semen motility of 75 % carcass scans of 12 mm P8 Fat 8 mm Rib fat and EMA OF 129cm2 measured at 19 months of age SOME 8 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE SALE.

  11. Kim Woods, March 31, 2016

    In reply to John Kennedy, January 25, 2016, according to Devon Court’s historical records, Devon Court Shakespeare was sold privately by Arch Nixon at the 1984 Sydney Royal to Peter Allen, South Boorook Herefords, Mortlake, Vic, for $100,000. The bull had been sashed grand champion at Sydney that year. – Herefords Australia

  12. John Kennedy, January 25, 2016

    I believe that Archie Nixon from Devencourt Hereford Stud at Drillham in Southern Qld sold a Hereford bull called “Shakespeare” I think, in about 1975 for $130 000. This bull was the first to win Grand Champion at Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne Royal Shows. You could check the details of this by talking to his Grandson Toby who still lives and has a Hereford Stud at Drillham to this day.

  13. Helen Armstrong, January 25, 2016

    Dear Beef Central
    It would also be terrific if you could publish the scrotal size and weight at sale, plus the motility of sperm, plus morphology results from a registered laboratory!
    That would be something! Helen Armstrong

  14. Paul D. Butler, January 22, 2016

    High End prices are basically meaningless…….as you don’t know what kind of deals have been made.

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