Yea buyers purchase top-priced bull for $108,000

By Rodney Woods

The owner and farm manager of a Yea stud have purchased a bull for $108,000 as part of a record sale for a northern NSW Angus stud.

Held on July 30, Texas Angus, at Warialda, sold a complete clearance of 155 bulls to buyers from Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and NSW.

Yea stud Kelly Angus purchased the top-priced bull for $108,000, which easily knocked off the previous record of $66,000, and the sale's average of $14,052 also beat previous records.

However, the average was elevated by the top-priced bull, with the second top price coming in at $42,000.

Kelly Angus is owned by Vicki Standish and managed by Patrick Joyce. Mr Joyce explained why they spent so much on Texas Powerplay P613 — the top priced bull.

“I know a lot about the pedigree of his sire,” he said.

“The embryo calves he's produced at Texas are consistent across the drop, across figures and data, there's nothing in them.

“He's the best thing I've seen for a long, long time.

“It's his phenotype and structure.

“He gets around so well and you wouldn’t know he weighed what he does.

He’s deep, he’s soft, he's got so much carcase.

“He's exactly what we were after and he blends in so well.

“He's really amazing in the flesh and photos don't do him justice."

Kelly Angus stud farm manager Patrick Joyce and owner Vicki Standish, from Yea, who purchased the top-priced bull at the Texas Angus stud sale on July 30.

Texas Angus stud owner Wendy Mayne said the sale result was even more impressive after suffering several years of drought.

“We're coming off a four-year drought,” she said.

“Last year we had four inches (101.6 mm) of rain, we had 11 inches (279.4 mm) the year before that and 16 inches (406.4 mm) the year before that. We normally get 28 inches (711.2 mm).

“This year is the best we’ve had in 10 years.”

Mrs Mayne said the more favourable conditions resulted in the bulls presenting well.

“They were the biggest weight they have been,” she said.

“The two-year-olds’ average weight was 910 kg. The top-priced bull weighed 1070 kg.”

Mr Joyce was one of many buyers to use the online platform Elite Livestock Auctions, which he said went off without a hitch.

“It worked perfect for us, it was very easy,” he said.

“It's the first time we’d used Elite but we've used AuctionsPlus before.

“I thought it was great.

“With the restrictions, we hadn't even seen the bull until it turned up on our farm but I knew enough about his pedigree.

“We saw enough photos and videos but it's still a punt.

“I'm sure he'd complement any herd, there's no doubt about that.”