The freshly broken national record price for an Angus bull has been broken again by the original record holders.

Key points:

  • A stud from New South Wales has sold an Angus bull for $280,000
  • The price is a new national record for the breed in Australia
  • Millah Murrah Angus had only recently lost the record to another stud from northern New South Wales

On Thursday, Millah Murrah Angus stud near Bathurst, in Central West NSW, sold a Black Angus bull for $280,000 to a stud in Dorrigo.

The sale means the stud near Bathurst has reclaimed the title for the most expensive Australian Angus bull — a title it lost just five weeks ago.

In July, an Angus Bull from near Warialda sold for $225,000, breaking Millah Murrah’s original record set in 2019 for $160,000.

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‘Cattle economy is on warp speed’

The stud principal, Ross Thompson, said he knew the sale would go well but he was ‘stunned’ by the prices.

The new record bull — Paratrooper R38 — was fathered by the former record holder from 2019.

Mr Thompson said he was emotional and relieved the sale went ahead with COVID active in the district.

“You can get a call at any minute to say you’ve been somewhere [with COVID].

“In the last ten days we’ve almost locked ourselves down, but you’ve still got to eat and get supplies.”

Mr Thompson said he was thankful the government has allowed bull sales to go ahead and he hoped other studs can have their sales without too much disruption.

“I was balling my eyes out — thank heavens I had a mask on and a pretty bad pair of sunglasses in the ring.

Buyer over the moon

Brooklana Angus Stud near Dorrigo on the Coffs Coast bought the record bull without seeing the animal in person. 

Principal Rodger Pryce, who is also a mayoral candidate for Coffs Harbour at the upcoming local government elections, said the bull would go into semen production in an artificial breeding centre somewhere in Australia, which would be sold all over the world. 

“It’s a bit exciting to own both the record price female and the record male in the Angus breed — in Australiasia, Australia and New Zealand.

“Put those two together and then you end up with something quite extraordinary, so that’s very exciting from a genetics point of view.”

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