‘ONCE-IN-ALIFETIME BULL’

Record-breaker to call Queens­land home

South Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY - Jamie-Lee Old­field news@ru­ral­weekly.com

BREAK­ING the record price for a sim­men­tal bull sold in Aus­tralia would be a se­ri­ous un­der­state­ment.

Woon­allee stud more than tripled their own record last week, sell­ing a bull for $160,000.

Tom and Lizzy Baker, of Woon­allee Sim­men­tals at Furner in South Aus­tralia, broke their pre­vi­ous Aus­tralian sim­men­tal high of $46,000, which they set with Woon­allee Gold Rush G061 in 2013.

This time the record breaker was Woon­allee Los An­ge­les, an 18-month-old polled tra­di­tional sim­men­tal sire, by Glen An­thony Y-Arta AY02 and out of Woon­allee Kathie B111, and weigh­ing 1030kg.

Sign­ing the cheque for the record-break­ing bull was Brett Nobbs, of Nobbs Cat­tle Com­pany at Duaringa, Queens­land.

The un­der-bid­ders Doug and Jan Brad­shaw, of Blue Dog Sim­men­tals at Wan­doan, also hailed from Queens­land and op­er­ated via the Elite Auc­tions on­line bid­ding sys­tem.

Mr Nobbs pur­chased at Woon­allee for the first time at the fe­male sale in late 2015, pay­ing $16,000 for a pick of

the en­tire 2014 heifer drop af­ter de­cid­ing to add a sim­men­tal op­er­a­tion to his well-es­tab­lished brah­man herd.

Mr Nobbs also pur­chased the pick of the en­tire 2016 heifer drop for $17,000 at the Woon­allee fe­male sale, also held last week, and hoped to mar­ket his own sim­men­tal bulls by 2019.

“I see a lot of beef bulls and this bull is ex­tra­or­di­nary, a once-in-a-life­time bull,” he said.

“With that weight for age, his soft­ness, skin, fat cover, per­for­mance lev­els and pedi­gree, he’s got it all and also with such an amaz­ing tem­per­a­ment.

“I’ve only ever seen one other bull like that be­fore, which was a brah­man im­ported from the US. I’m con­fi­dent this bull will be a game and breed changer.”

The bull will be col­lected for ex­port se­men sales and lim­ited pack­ages may also be of­fered in Aus­tralia.

Los An­ge­les wasn’t the only record breaker at Woon­allee’s sale this year, with a new high also set for a black sim­men­tal bull in Aus­tralia.

New South Wales breeder Peter Howarth, of Wom­bra­murra Black Sim­men­tals at Nun­dle, paid $32,500 for Woon­allee Lux­em­bourg, af­ter pay­ing $27,000 for a se­cond black sire and $12,000 for Woon­allee’s top-priced black sim­men­tal fe­male.

Woon­allee held the pre­vi­ous black sim­men­tal record of $27,500, set at their 2016 sale. They cleared all 102 tra­di­tional, red and black sim­men­tal and siman­gus bulls to av­er­age $9759, with buy­ers from ev­ery state ex­cept Western Aus­tralia.

I’ve only ever seen one other bull like that be­fore, which was a brah­man im­ported from the US. I’m con­fi­dent this bull will be a game and breed changer. — Brett Nobbs

PHOTO: IAN TURNER

INCREDI-BULL: This is the $160,000 record-break­ing Woon­allee Los An­ge­les com­mand­ing the ring while his price reached amaz­ing new lev­els at the Woon­allee bull sale at Furner. He was pur­chased by Nobbs Cat­tle Co, Queens­land.

PHOTO: IAN TURNER

WHAT A BEAUTY: Pic­tured with the $160,000 record-break­ingWoon­allee Los An­ge­les are El­ders auc­tion­eer Ben Finch, pur­chaser Brett Nobbs, of Nobbs Cat­tle Co at Duaringa, and Woon­allee prin­ci­pals Lizzy and Tom Baker, of Furner.

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