THE $325,000 BULL

Most ex­pen­sive bull in Aus­tralian his­tory breaks sev­eral na­tional records this week

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - ZHANAE CON­WAY-DODD Zhanae.con­way-dodd@apn.com.au

BID­DING was fierce as at least six bid­ders threw their hats in the ring to have a crack at the bull that broke Aus­tralian records this week.

Nobbs Cat­tle Co’s an­nual brah­man sale was held on prop­erty in Duaringa and smashed two na­tional all breed beef records af­ter gross­ing $2.482 mil­lion for the sale.

The top-priced bull – now the most ex­pen­sive in Aus­tralian his­tory – was sold for $325,000.

Grey bull NCC Jus­ti­fied, out of NCC Jar­dena and sired by Carinya Tony, sold to well-known grey brah­man breed­ers Rodger and Lorena Jef­feris from El­rose stud in Clon­curry.

Co-sell­ing agent Ken McCaf­fery said there was a very large crowd of buy­ers present from all across Queens­land, as well as in­ter­state bid­ders.

“Bid­ding com­pe­ti­tion was very spir­ited through­out the whole day,” Mr McCaf­fery said.

“Bid­ding was fierce on the $325,000 bull. There were six or seven in­di­vid­u­als bid­ding on that bull for the first half of the price and then from $150,000 it was vir­tu­ally a two-man race be­tween the even­tual buy­ers and the un­der-bid­ders.

“He had an ex­tremely good pedi­gree, his ge­netic cre­den­tials were ex­tremely strong,” he said.

“He was a mag­nif­i­cent in­di­vid­ual as far as breed qual­ity, type and breed char­ac­ter.

“He had great beef per­for­mance as well. He was highly re­garded as far as his beef per­for­mance.

“He had a beau­ti­ful bal­ance of breed qual­i­ties and beef in­dus­try cre­den­tials.”

The sale also broke the Aus­tralian record for sale av­er­age, with the 106 lots sell­ing for a gross of $2.482 mil­lion and an av­er­age of $23,415.

As for the bulls, 76 sold for a gross of $2.455 mil­lion and an av­er­age of $26,915.

Mean­while, 28 heifers sold for a gross of $425,500 and an av­er­age of $15,195.

There were also two se­men pack­ages sold for a gross of $11,000 to av­er­age $5500.

■ See a video of top-sell­ing bull NCC Jus­ti­fied at www.ru­ral­weekly.com.au.

PHOTO: KENT WARD

Nobbs Cat­tle Co an­nual brah­man sale was held on prop­erty in Duaringa and smashed two na­tional all breed beef records af­ter gross­ing $2.482M for the sale on Tues­day.

PHOTO: KENT WARD

TOP SELLER: The Nobbs Cat­tle Co an­nual brah­man sale was held on prop­erty in Duaringa and smashed two na­tional all breed beef records af­ter gross­ing $2.482M for the sale.

“It was par­tic­u­larly strong com­pe­ti­tion on the bull be­cause he was eye-catch­ing.”

Mr McCaf­fery said the grey bull, calved in 2015, set a new Aus­tralian all breeds record for a beef bull sold at auc­tion, beat­ing the pre­vi­ous record of $300,000 set in 2006 at the Grace­mere sa­le­yards.

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