Bull from NZ sire sets record sale price of $160,000 in Australia
A New Zealand-sired bull has smashed the Australian record price for the simmental breed with a A$160,000 sale.
Tom and Lizzy Baker, of Woonallee simmentals at Furner in South Australia, sold the 18-month-old bull Woonallee Los Angeles, which was sired from a simmental owned by Waipukurau breeder Tony Thompson.
"It's great and quite a jump from the previous record of A$46,000 set in 2013," Thompson said.
The Waipukurau sire is known as Glen Anthony Y-arta AY02, a 6-year old which was simmental supreme champion meat and wool cup winner at the 2014 and 2015 Auckland Royal Easter shows.
Los Angeles had above breed average estimate breeding values for all growth traits, and was described in the catalogue as "one of the most exciting sires ever raised at Woonallee".
Thompson praised the astuteness and skill of the Baker family for the result.
"They used my bull in an embryo transplant programme with their cow Woonallee Kathie B111. She was a lovely cow and their judgment was my bull would suit their cow, and their judgment was fulfilled," he said.
The Bakers had produced two bulls out of Glen Anthony Y-arta AY02. The other, named Las Vegas, would be retained at their Woollanee stud.
The new record did not reflect a buoyant beef market, but was more a commentary on the reputation of the Baker family, whose bull had set the previous top price. The Bakers had been "building up towards this record", Thompson said.
The Glen Anthony stud was started by Tony and his wife Glennis in 1974, after they got hooked on the simmental breed following a trip to Europe.
He described Glen Anthony Y-arta AY02 as an early maturing bull with extremely good muscle and fat pattern, and an outstanding bull for calving ease.
While he had been in his prime as a 3-year-old, he was still being used as a sire. One bull Thompson has continues to perform at the age of 12.