Millah Murrah Angus av $6500
(By Peter Lowe for The Land September 13 2001)
pointed to a good sale - a booming cattle market, excellent stock with
sought after genetics, superb presentation - but no-one, least of all
the Thompson family of Millah Murrah Angus at Bathurst, expected what
The Thompsons' annual fixture at "Goonamurrah" created a new
benchmark for on-property Angus sales throughout the state when their
bulls averaged a whopping $6500 last week.
Millah Murrah co-principal, Ross Thompson, said it was a cracking sale
well above his expectations, "but we knew our cattle were up with
the best of the breed - the rest is history".
Demand for the leading marbling genetics appeared insatiable with all
the big money bids for sons of either BR New Design 036 (US) or Summitcrest
Scotch Cap OB45 (US).
Elders Stud Stock auctioneer, Paul Dooley, of Tamworth, sold the catalogue
of 64 bulls in a tick over the hour to gross $416,000 for Wyatt, Winsome
and Ross Thompson.
The $18,000 sale topper, Millah Murrah Scotch Cap OB45 U71, a stylish
son of SSCap OB45 ranked in the top one per cent of the breed for marbling
and with an estimated breeding value of +1.3, went to Peter Ryan and his
manager Rodney Warren for their Crookwell holding "Benalli Park".
"This bull (U71) has the best feet I've seen on any Angus bull for
a long time; he is a superb individual from any angle and, given his pedigree
and performance, he should make a real impact on our herd," Mr Warren
Millah Murrah New Design U68, a high-marbling son of BR New Design 036
and the heaviest bull of the draft at 932 kilograms, was bought by Stephen
and Jodi Peake, "Bowen", Barraba, for $17,000. U68 represents
true sire potential, being ranked in the top one per cent for all dollar
indices, eye muscle area and scrotal size, and ranked in the top five
per cent for growth, milk and carcase figures.
Also looking for another top stud prospect, Rob Costello, of the Nairn
Park Stud, "Yoothamurra", Tenterfield, parted with $16,000 to
secure Millah Murrah New Design U73, a thick, correct son of 036, with
Long standing client Philip Simpson, of Newbury Pastoral Company, "Newbury
Farm", Sutton Forest, outlaid $21,500 for two quality 036 sons, including
the $14,000 top yearling money for Millah Murrah New Design V19.
Another regular sale supporter, Peter Emery, "James Park", Crookwell,
selected two genuine herd improvers for his pure Angus commercial breeders.
The first, MM Scotch Cap U115, a growthy son of Scotch Cap (US) went for
$8500; the second, MM New Design V34, another New Design yearling ranked
in the top five per cent for most traits, cost $10,500.
MM New Design V32, a full brother to MM New Design V34, attracted a
$12,000 bid from the McLeod and Grace families of "Tenendra",