THE past 12 months 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, other breeds’ record prices were set 30 or more years ago.
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Buyer confidence instilled by strong commercial cattle markets is clearly a factor in recent bull price record-setting. 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 also rose 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
$280,000 for Millah Murrah Paratrooper R38, sold by Ross Thompson’s Millah Murrah Angus Stud, NSW to Rodger Pryce, Brooklana Angus Stud, Dorrigo, NSW, at the 2021 Millah Murrah Sale, September 2021. The sale also set a new all-breeds Australian record for sale average price, at $34,220. Theresult easily broke the previous Angus bull record of $225,000 set in July 2021 by Texas Iceman R725, sold by the Mayne family, Texas Angus, Warialda NSW.
$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 Injemira Redford J006 Q287 sold by Injemira Herefords, Book Book, NSW to ABS Global – Australia Beef, Ardno Herefords & Vielum Pastoral Co, Mudgee at the 2021 Injemira autumn bull sale, February 2021. Previous record was $121,000 for Inverary Dominator D56, sold by Don Anderson and family at the Inverary Collection Sale on-property in 1986.
$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.
$150,000 for Yarrawonga Katmandu R236 sold by Bassingthwaighte family, Yarrawonga Cattle Co, Wallumbilla QLD to Glen Oaks Santa Gertrudis QLD at the annual Yarrawonga and Waco studs’ sale held at Wallumbilla, QLD, September 2021.
$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 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.
$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.
$68,000 for WGS Paperboy P503 sold by Wattle Grove Speckle Park, Oberon NSW to S & H Ariss, Temple Mount Farm, Woodend VIC, at Wattle Grove’s October 2020 annual sale.
$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.
$50,000, set twice at the same sale for Carinya Yenda, sold by John & Jacquie Amor, Carinya Stud, Dulacca QLD to Russell and Donna Kenny, Harriett Valley, Gayndah; and Double C P124 Playboy sold by the a Chad families, Donrinda and Double C Studs, Dubbo, NSW to Daniel and Arlie Treloar, Rockhampton – both sold at the National Braford Sale, Gracemere QLD in September 2021.
$40,000 for Five Star 190609, sold by Geoff Maynard, Maynard Cattle Co, Jambin QLD at the Five Star Senepol Sale September 2021, Gracemere QLD.
$40,000 for Rosewood Napoleon sold by Rosewood Stud to EJ & D Euston, Glastonbury QLD at the Charbray National Sale, Gracemere QLD September 2020.
$35,000 for Palgrove Quantum, sold by Palgrove Stud, Dalveen QLD to Robert and Anna Hick, Julia Creek QLD, at Palgrove’s annual bull sale September 2021.
$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.
$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.
$63,000 for Cambil Dienka 5826 (IVF) (H) sold by Lawson Camm, Cambil Brahmans, Proserpine to the Brownson family, Brownson Brahmans, Charters Towers at the inaugural Great Northern Brahman Sale at Proserpine, North QLD in October 2020. The previous record of $61,000 was set in 2005.
$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@example.com
$57,000 for heifer, Jackungah Nellie N09 sold by Jackungah Speckle Park to Gavin Lang, Mansfield VIC at the Jackungah Speckle Park Blueprint Sale Victoria in May 2021.
$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.
$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 to that point. See earlier story here.
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