An Australian Angus bull has sold for $225,000 at a stud sale in northern New South Wales, smashing the national record for the breed.

Key points:

  • The breeder says the young bull has been 20 years in the making
  • The Mayne family searched the world for the best genetics to add to their breeding program
  • The sale breaks the 2019 record of $160,00

It was the first day of a two-day sale when 15-month-old Texas Iceman R725 was bought by Salt Ash-based Macka’s Australian Black Angus Beef and Genetics Australia.

He was bred by the Mayne family from Texas Angus, near Warialda.

The previous record of $160,000 was held by Paratrooper P15 from Millah Murrah Angus stud, near Bathurst.

Stud principal Wendy Mayne said she was “gobsmacked” when the hammer fell today.

“I’m still shaking,” she said.

“We knew that people would be interested, but we just didn’t know where it would go.

“To have that happen it just makes it all so worthwhile.”

Genetics a winner

Mrs Mayne said the family had searched the world for the best genetics to add to their breeding program and that the young bull is the progeny of United States sire Poss Maverick.

“We knew Poss Maverick would create interest because he is new genetics,” she said.

“He has got a lot of carcass and a lot of phenotype and muscle expression.

“[The record price] has given us a massive tick of approval that our program is doing exactly what we want it to do.”

Mrs Mayne said the cattle they were breeding now had been more than two decades in the making.

“Our program is all about the whole line of the beef industry — so not just the cow/calf producer … we look at the backgrounder, the feedlots, the processor and at the end the consumer,” she said.

Buyer dubs bull ‘wonder child’

Robert Mackenzie, buyer of the record-priced bull, said it was worth the money and a great investment for his family business Macka’s Australian Black Angus Beef at Salt Ash, NSW. 

“To put that power into our commercial cows and also our stud operation is something that we have been looking for, for quite a while,” Mr Mackenzie said. 

Mr Mackenzie said the bull would also be an asset to the Australian beef industry. 

“The bull comes from a proven female H647 … an exceptional female, a leading female,” he said. 

“And of course Maverick, he’s been a champion, and he’s got proven runs on the board in the US and to have him in our operation is great for us and great for Australian beef.

Angus bull sells for $225k, smashing national record, leaving breeder ‘gobsmacked’
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