THE red-hot 2022 spring bull selling season continued yesterday when the Thompson family’s Millah Murrah Angus sale near Bathurst re-wrote the record books, selling all 128 bulls offered for a phenomenal $43,633 average.
The result is being claimed by Angus Australia as a world-record for a single vendor on property bull sale. It eclipsed the previous single-vendor sale average record set by Millah Murrah last year of $34,221.
The only recent stud sale fixture of any type to compare was the multi-vendor Marble High Wagyu genetics sale on 18 August which saw a small offering of 17 elite Fullblood Wagyu heifers average $99,853 and eight bulls average $62,813.
Yesterday’s sale saw no less than four bulls hit six figures, with the top priced lot, Millah Murrah Sugar Ray S76, selling for $160,000. The first 20 bulls through the ring averaged $60,300, selling to buyers and syndicates from four states.
The top priced bull was knocked down to joint buyers Jim and Jackie Wedge, Ascot Angus, Warwick, Qld, and Josh Clift, JT Angus, Scone, NSW. The 18-month-old Sugar Ray tipped the scales at 830kg, and scanned number one of 84 bulls for eye muscle area and IMF, carrying a Breedplan IMF of +2.1, EMA of +7, carcase weight of +76 and 600-day weight of +138.
Sugar Ray S76 was by Millah Murrah Nectar N334, a grandson of the popular US sire KCF Bennett Performer, and out of MM Flower P81, a grand-daughter of another successful US sire, Thomas Up River.
Sons of MM Paratrooper P15, who produced last year’s $280,000 breed record setter, featured prominently among the highest price bulls at the sale.
Other sale highlights included Millah Murrah Stormtrooper S235, a Paratrooper P15 son sold for $110,000 to a partnership involving Palgrove Angus, Dalveen, Qld, and Heart Angus, Timbumburi, Tamworth.
Another Queensland buyer, Bassett Cattle Co, Roma, outlaid $100,000 on Millah Murrah Stormtrooper S52, while Northern Territory buyer, David McLeod, also spent $100,000 on Millah Murrah Sugar Ray 273.