Demand for Angus females at all time record high

October 25, 2017 2:11 pm


On a day when industry records tumbled at the Millah Murrah Female Sale, there was one star of the show that set a new all-breeds auction record when she was knocked down by auctioneer Paul Dooley for $190,000. 

Lot 181, Millah Murrah Prue M4, pregnancy tested in calf to Millah Murrah Proceed L237, was purchased by the Brooklana Angus Stud,  Brooklana NSW, setting the record for the top price paid for registered Angus females sold at auction and top price for a registered Angus animal sold at auction.  

$190,000 is now also an all breeds record for females, having eclipsed the $160,000 set in 1990 by Baldrudgery Lisa, a Poll Hereford heifer bred by the Hodges family at Baldry. 

The top price previously paid for a registered Angus animal, was $150,000 for Millah Murrah Kingdom K35, purchased by the syndicate of ABS Australia, Witherswood, Gilmandyke and Ascot Angus, at the 2015Millah Murrah Bull Sale. 

Sired by Coonamble Hector H249, the record breaking heifer was described by Ross Thompson as, ‘One of the best animals we have ever bred. She is a magnificent specimen from all angles’.  

Her mother is a massive volume donor cow with a good record. To date she has earned $7350 in embryo sales. Her three sons have been rock solid, averaging $12,000′, he said.  

Earlier in the day, the record price for a registered Angus cow was broken when Lot 117, Pregnancy-tested-in-calf cow, Prue H112, broke the previous record for an Angus cow of $48,000 when knocked down to East West Angus, Bingara, for $54,000. East West Angus were also the underbidders on the $190,000 heifer.

The record was previously held by the Aberdeen Estate Angus Stud, when Aberdeen Estate Dream F21 was purchased by Redback Angus at the Aberdeen Estate Dispersal in 2013. 


Above: Lot 117 Millah Murrah Prue H112 first broke the record for an Angus female sold at auction when she was purchased by East West Angus for $54,000


All up 234 lots, a 100% clearance, averaged $13,709, to demolish the previous record average for an Angus female sale of $8,494 for 260 lots at the Wattletop Stage 1 Female dispersal at Guyra in May this year. 

Millah Murrah principal, Ross Thompson highlighted the fact that the results underlined the seemingly endless horizon for the demand of quality Angus cattle.  

‘Support from within the breed was enormous, with plenty of studs operating in volume like Heart Angus NSW, Coffin Creek NSW, Coolie Angus NSW, Mandayen in SA, Keringa in SA, Cherylton in WA’, said Ross.  

‘There were also plenty of newcomers to Angus, with existing seedstock enterprises in other breeds. It was certainly a very healthy sign for the Angus brand’, he said. 

Angus Australia’s Marketing and Communications Manager Diana Wood backed up Ross’s comments about the demand for Angus females saying that the prices for Angus females across the board have set an unprecedented benchmark over the last 12 to 18 months. 

‘Demand for Angus females is certainly at an all time record high across both the seedstock and commercial cattle herds. We have now seen three big Angus seedstock female sales take place in 2017 with astounding results’. 

Wattletop Angus Stud, Guyra New South Wales, sold 260 females, earlier in the year, to average a phenomenal $8,494 for a complete clearance of the PTIC females put up for auction. 

A top price of $38,000 was reached twice, with Wattletop Barunah E295 purchased by Sprys Angus andWattletop J464, purchased by Bannaby Angus. 

At what was likely Australia’s largest ever Angus dispersal sale in March 2017, the Gubbins Family ofCoolana Angus, Chatsworth Victoria sold 820 lots to a top of $22,000 for Coolana Tearful G216, purchased by the Mandayaen Stud SA. With the sale averaging $3,276. 

The commercial sector has certainly not been immune to these results.

$4,100 was paid for a pen of five Angus cows with calves offered by Gary and Julie Buller at the Monterey Ladies Day sale, Karridale WA in April. 

These were purchased by Rob Italiano, Harvey WA, who also paid $3,800 for a further four Angus cows pregnancy tested in calf.  

Another five pregnancy-tested-in-calf Angus cows also made $4,100 the same day, when purchased by P & S Barbetti, Waterloo. 

At the Roma store cattle sale on July 11 2017, JS Grazing, Injune QLD, achieved a 426c/kg top and 401c/kg average for the 325 Angus heifers they offered. This result is a record for heifers sold through the Romasaleyards. 

‘With Angus females known for their superior fertility, maternal performance, calving ease and overall marketability, it is no surprise to see purchasers willing to invest in the best genetics for their female herd’, said Diana. 


Above: Julie & Jeremy Shaw with sons Leo & Henry at Roma. Image courtesy of The Queensland Country Life
Feature Image: Millah Murrah Prue M4 set an all breeds record when purchased for $190,000 by the Brooklana Angus Stud