Millah Murrah’s $14,000 High

By Brad Wilson (Courtesy The Land Thursday September 13, 2007 page 49)

A total clearance of 52 Angus bulls at the Thompson family’s Millah Murrah Angus sale, Bathurst, sold to $14,000 to average $5385 and gross $280,000.

Ross Thompson, co-principal of Millah Murrah Angus stud, said he was pleased with the result, with 73 per cent of bulls going to return buyers.

Exactly 50 per cent of the offering went to the immediate Bathurst area, while bulls sold as far afield as Roma, Queensland, and to Dimity Hirst’s Entally Forest Angus stud in Tasmania.

First-time buyer, Neville Duddy, came from the New England.

Mr Duddy manages Barnay Partnership, “The Downs”, Glen Innes, which join 250 commercial Angus cows.

He was impressed with what he saw, purchasing Millah Murrah Woody B23 for the top price.

B23 was a 6.6-frame, 18-month-old, 754-kilogram son of Millah Murrah Woody W100.

Mr Duddy purchased another Woody son for himself and his wife, Val, for $11,000.

He was accompanied by his brother, Herb Duddy, and agent, Terry te Velde, who purchased a Woody W100 son for $8000 for Bolivia Station.

“It is our first time at the Millah Murrah sale and we found the cattle to be very even and extremely good types”, Neville Duddy said.

After inspecting Millah Murrah stock during Southern Beef Week, John Snodgrass, Cudgell Creek Angus stud, Young, returned and purchased Millah Murrah A189.

He was the first son of Crusader of Stern to be offered at Millah murrah, weighing 940kg at 24 months, A189 sold for the second top price of $12,000.

Volume buyers were Drew and Mikala Lenehan, Georges Plains, who purchased six bulls, four sons of New Level and two by Woody W100 at an average of $5083.

The Lenehans have been using Millah Murrah bulls for many years and are building Angus cow numbers with a view to holding an on-property commercial production sale.

Other volume buyers included long-term Millah Murrah supporter, Greg Reeves, for G.V. Stewart, Running Stream, who bought three Woody W100 sons at $5000 each.

Return buyers, the Royds family, Braidwood, purchased three Woody W100 sons, to average $5833, while another longtime user of Millah Murrah genetics, Mike Gilder, Merriwa, purchased two spring-2005-drop bulls to average $5750.

The sale was attended by more than 130 people and conducted by Elders with Paul Dooley as auctioneer.