The northern bull selling season has seen some remarkable results for the Hereford breed with 1,471 Hereford bulls offered over 36 sales since July.
In the last two months three Hereford bulls have made on property sale records for their studs, selling for over $100,000 which is a truly remarkable result and a credit to the breeders.
The first bull to notch up six figures for the season was Bowen Soloman S009 which sold for $140,000 to Melville Park Herefords, Vasey Victoria.
Offered by the Peak family of Bowen Poll Herefords, 2-year-old Soloman had attracted interest from several stud breeders prior to the sale before ultimately selling to David and Olwyn Lyons of Melville Park.
Bowen stud principal Steve Peak described the sale as “something you dream about” and credited Soloman’s combination of data, phenotype, and pedigree as the driving force behind his success.
“His pedigree contains two of our best cow families in Matchless and Maple, and his dam was sired by our previous top price bull Bowen Calibre K207 which sold for $70,000 to Rayleigh,” Mr Peak said.
The second bull to cross the $100,000 threshold was Talbalba Kingswood T011 which sold for $102,000 to Valma and Nova Poll Herefords, Tasmania.
The 18-month-old sire is the second bull to fetch six figures for Talbalba, with Talbalba Emperor P043 selling for $100,000 to Cara Park and Yarram Park in 2020.
“We never thought we’d see another $100,000 bull, however we’d had a lot of interest in Kingswood prior to the sale and thought there might be competition for him,” said Talbalba stud principal Steve Reid.
Sired by Days Kingswood Q139, Talbalba Kingswood T011 is a high growth sire with an impressive set of carcase data with an EMA EBV in the top one percent of the breed and rump and rib fats in the top ten and 15 percent respectively.
The third bull to make over $100,000 for the season; Truro Sherlock S188, requires very little introduction having claimed numerous show accolades through the year, culminating with being named supreme champion interbreed exhibit at the Royal Queensland Show.
Sherlock attracted fierce bidding competition at the Truro on property sale before selling for $130,000 to Merawah, Tenaru and Hunter Lakes studs.
Truro stud principal Scott Hann was thrilled with the number of people interested in Sherlock and described the sale result as “just amazing”.
“I was gobsmacked, and we’ve had so much fun with that bull, he’s beautiful to look at and has a beautiful temperament along with great BREEDPLAN data,” Mr Hann said.
According to Mr Reid, Hereford stud breeders have been especially selective in purchasing new sires this year, a sentiment which was echoed by Mr Peake:
“People are searching for an animal with the right pedigree, data and phenotype and are looking to combine all three,” Mr Peake said.