Australian record: Simmental bull sells for $160,000

Woonallee Simmentals sold their Lot 1 bull, Woonallee Los Angeles for $160,000.
Woonallee Simmentals sold their Lot 1 bull, Woonallee Los Angeles for $160,000.

A NEW Australian record price has been set for the Simmental breed today.

Tom and Lizzy Baker, of Woonallee Simmentals at Furner in South Australia, have sold a bull for $160,000 at their on-property autumn sale.

Woonallee Los Angeles is an 18-month-old polled traditional Simmental sire, by Glen Anthony Y-Arta AY02 and out of Woonallee Kathie B111.

Los Angeles had above breed average estimate breeding values for all growth traits, and was described in the catalogue as "one of the most exciting sires ever raised at Woonallee".

Signing the cheque for the record-breaking bull was Brett Nobbs, of Nobbs Cattle Company at Duaringa, Queensland.

The price broke the previous Australian Simmental high of $46,000, also set by the Bakers for Woonallee Gold Rush G061 in 2013, purchased by Scott York of Villa Park Beef, Dulacca, Qld.

Mr Nobbs purchased at Woonallee for the first time at the female sale in late 2015, paying $16,000 for a pick of the entire heifer drop, having decided to add a Simmental operation to his well-established Brahman herd.

Woonallee has more than 100 traditional and black Simmental bulls on offer today, with the auction still underway.

The first 20 lots sold at the sale averaged $22,025, and included eight bulls sold at $15,000 or more.

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