Record-breaker to call Queensland home
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
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.
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.