BATLOW vendors have sold a bull for the top price of $55,000 during the annual Wodonga Hereford National Show and Sale.
Greg and Bronwyn Peel of Yarawa South Poll Herefords sold lot, 14, Yarawa South Paradise P112 (AI) (PP) to two Tasmanian studs, Valma of Whitemore and Nova of West Ridgley.
"There was a lot of interest before the sale, a lot of phone calls and inspections as well," said Mr Peel.
He said it was the first time Yarawa South had sold a bull to Tasmania. With more than 40 years in the industry he described the rising two-year-old as being a "stand out."
"He has a presence about him," Mr Peel said. The bull is sired by KCF BENNETT HOMELAND C34 (IMP USA) (PP).
"His sire is a North American bull and this would be (one of) the first drop of calves in Australia by him ... he is an outcross," Mr Peel explained.
In fact, other bulls by the same North American sire were well supported in the sale. Mr Peel said it was fantastic to receive the top price.
"It was a real buzz ... it would have been better with the atmosphere of (physically) being at Wodonga but it was good sitting in front of the computer and seeing the prices on the screen," he said.
The Herefords Australia event was held online this year due to coronavirus social distancing regulations.
The bulls were judged and sold online.
Mr Peel said it was great to see the buoyant prices flowing into the stud cattle industry.
"It is due to the improved season and good markets at a saleyards level," he said.
Initially Mr Peel thought Yarawa South Paradise P112 (AI) (PP) would make in the vicinity of $20,000 to $30,000 so the auction result was certainly welcomed.
The sale also came as good news because the Peel's property had been affected by the devastating fires in the region this year. Around 60 per cent of their property was affected by fire.