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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
$31,000 for Huntington Jeremiah (P), sold by Welsh Cattle Co, Huntington Charbrays, Taroom QLD to Kerrod and Clare Lindley, Spring Villa Charbrays, Wowan QLD – Huntington Charbray sale 2015, Taroom QLD.
$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.
$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.
$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.
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.
$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.
$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
$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.
- 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.
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