$190K sale and rain­fall

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Bush Banter - AN­DREA DAVY An­drea.davy@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

THE Thomp­son fam­ily lived a dream 24 hours.

Their heifer broke the Aus­tralian an­gus record, go­ing un­der the ham­mer for $190,000, and that same night they re­ceived an inch of rain.

“It’s the best 24 hours we have had in a long time,” Ross Thomp­son said.

Mil­lah Mur­rah An­gus stud, sit­u­ated near Bathurst in New South Wales, ac­tu­ally broke sev­eral records last week, as its 234 sold fe­males av­er­aged $13,709, top­pling past cow sale records of $9000.

On top of that, its sec­ond high­est priced lot went for $54,000, which also broke the cur­rent record of $45,000. How­ever, it’s the sale of Mil­lah Mur­rah Prue M4 to Brook­lana An­gus Stud that has caused a stir in the cat­tle in­dus­try.

Mr Thomp­son ad­mits to feel­ing qui­etly con­fi­dent Prue would be well re­ceived by bid­ders. The 21-month-old heifer is out of donor fe­male Mil­lah Mur­rah Prue F141 and by Coon­am­ble Hector H249.

“She has enor­mous pres­ence and a beau­ti­ful dis­po­si­tion,” he said.

“She is from a good proven pedi­gree, which is a long way re­moved from what’s on of­fer across much of the mar­ket.

“I mar­keted her as one of the best an­i­mals we had bred in 50 years and the mar­ket agreed.”

The next day how­ever, it was back to re­al­ity for the fam­ily as they had to load cat­tle in pour­ing rain. But there were no com­plaints from Mr Thomp­son.

“We are mind­ful that this is the time of our lives. This is the cu­mu­la­tion of 50 years of hard work,” he said.

“We are just so grate­ful for the sup­port we have re­ceived.”

PHO­TOS: CONTRIBUTED

FAM­ILY STUD: Mil­lah Mur­rah An­gus stud own­ers, the Thomp­son fam­ily, which in­cludes Dim­ity and Ross as well as their daugh­ters Twiggy, Mil­lie and Olivia.

Mil­lah Mur­rah Prue M4, a $190,000 heifer. This im­age was taken af­ter an inch of overnight rain.

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