Hereford Bull Sells For Record A$70,000

AUSTRALIA - Hereford bulls sold to $70,000 and 180 grossed $1.36 million to average $7543 at the Hereford National at Wodonga, VicToria. The 226 registered buyers pushed the average up by 14 per cent on the 2010 figure when 139 bulls averaged $6644.
calendar icon 18 May 2011
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At this 46th Hereford National, vendors from five states ‘are to be congratulated on the outstanding improvement of the cattle that generated extraordinary buyer interest‘ according to the chair of the organising committee Geoff King.

The $70,000 bull was the 24 months old Glendan Park Everest E126 offered by Alvio Trovatello’s Glendan Park Herefords from Kyneton, Vic. After a high powered bidding duel involving some of the breed’s best recognised operators, two of the nation’s oldest studs, the McEacherns’ Ardno from Wingeel, Vic, and the Holt’s Tondara Herefords from Urana, NSW, combined to place the successful bid for the Cootharaba Magnum son.

The $70,000 is the highest price ever paid at the Wodonga complex beating the $62,500 paid for a Charnock bull in 2008.

Everest E126, reserve intermediate champion under the judging of South Australian Tom Baker, is in the breed’s top one per cent for retail meat yield and and milk and in the top five per cent for carcase weight, eye muscle area and 200 day weight.

Andy McGeogh of Elders auctioned the record breaker and bellowed, ‘when I got started in this business Herefords were on top and Herefords are about to take over again”.

“Herefords are on a roll so stick with breed could put up 200 bulls exhibiting this outstanding weight for age,” he said.

Second top price of $62,000 was also for a Glendan Park bull, Empire E002, also by Cootharaba Magnum. He was purchased by Yarram Park, Willaura, Vic, and Cootharaba, Roma, Qld.

Glendan Park had an outstanding sale average of $23,777 for nine bulls.

In all, 16 bulls made $15,000 or more with the main buying strength from commercial producers from Queensland through to Tasmania.

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