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Bull Sale 2017

Millah Murrah class act

(courtesy The Land | Thursday, September 14, 2017, page 67)

By Vernon Graham

Stud sets $50,000 yearling record

A buying raid from Queensland commercial breeders bolstered prices at the Millah Murrah Angus bull sale last Thursday, which helped to produce a breed record price of $50,000 for a yearling bull.

The price bettered the previous Angus yearling bull national record of $37,000 and was believed to be an all breeds record.

A large crowd gathered for the sale at the Thompson’s property, “Goonamurrah”, Bathurst, and witness yet another cracking result, where a total clearance of 122 bulls averaged $15,590. This was the second highest ever Angus bull sale average, only bettered by the stud’s 2016 result which set an all breeds record of $16,348 for 109 bulls.

Principal, Ross Thompson, said continued support for the stud’s genetics was “incredibly humbling”.

Strong demand resulted in bulls selling into all states, yet 40 percent were snapped up from buyers within a 100 kilometre radius.

He said he was proud of the results being achieved by buyers of Millah Murrah bulls.

Young Cassilis stud breeders, Matt Cherry and Shelley Piper, Trio Angus, bought the sale topping, 632-kilogram son of Millah Murrah Klooney K42, which was bred from Millah Murrah Flower K269, herself a Millah Murrah Doc F159 daughter.

They will use their new 13-month-old sire, Millah Murrah Klooney M182, in their 200-head stud female herd on their 688-hectare property, “Ingleburn”, which suffered major damage during the Sir Ivan bushfire.

Ms Piper said they didn’t expect to have to pay so much for Klooney M182, but the bull had attractive maternal lines on both sides of his pedigree along with the qualities needed to positively evolve their stud.

“Ross Thompson is known for the productivity of his cows,” she said.

He was among Klooney K42’s first sons to be sold, with his draft of nine yearling bulls averaging $22,222.

The draft of 31 yearling bulls (12 to 13 months) averaged $16,322, slightly more than the $16,193 average for the same number of senior bulls, while the draft of 60 junior bulls (17 to 19 months) averaged $14,900.

The second-top price of $40,000 was paid by the Gill family, Kamilaroi Angus, Merriwa, for Millah Murrah Hector M153, a 17-month old, 764kg son of Coonamble Hector H249 from MIllah Murrah Prue H113.

The Gills also paid the second-top price of $54,000 at last year’s Millah Murrah sale.

Stephen Gill said they liked Hector M153’s thickness, and its dam, Millah Murrah Prue H113, also bred their $54,000 2016 purchase, Millah Murrah Lakeside L69.
They run 800 breeders, including 150 Angus and black baldies, joined to Angus bulls.

Dean Fredericksen, Dalwhinnie Angus, Orange, bid $30,000 for another Coonamble Hector H249 son, the 820kg, 19-month-old Millah Murrah Hector M25.

Dr Una Denham, Tingha, bought three bulls, including Millah Murrah Jupiter M24 for $36,000.

Jupiter M24, 19 months, weighed 844kg. The Millah Murrah Jupiter J194 son from Millah Murrah Flower K94 had a 42 centimetre scrotal circumference and figures of +46, +91 and +118 for 200-, 400- and 600-day weight.

Among the Queensland contingent were the Pullen family’s Codrilla Pastoral Company, Nebo, which bought six lots for a top of $20,000 to average $15,666.

Ron Pullen, who runs about 3500 breeders with wife, Diane, made his first visit to Millah Murrah and will use his new bulls on their 600 Romagnola cows.

Jeremy and Julie Shaw and family, JS Grazing, Injune, also took six bulls back to Queensland, paying $22,000 each for five, and another at $16,000.

The Shaw family has been smashing weaner steer and heifer records at the Roma saleyards for the past few years, their success encouraging others to make the trek south to Bathurst.

Richie Hooper, “Koonoowarra”, Taroom, Qld, bought five bulls, topping at $20,000, twice, for his large-scale beef operation. About half his 900-head breading herd is purebred Brahmans.

He came to the sale looking for “big growth bulls with plenty of muscle and bone” to produce bullocks around 350kg to 420kg (carcase weight) at two to 2.5 years old for sale to JBS Australia’s Dinmore abattoir. 

Meanwhile, media baron, Rupert Murdoch’s Cavan Station, Yass, snapped up five bulls for a top of $16,000 to average $12,400.

The sale was conducted by Elders Bathurst, with Paul Dooley, Tamworth, as guest auctioneer.