The Baker family’s 10th Annual Elite Production Sale at Furner, South Australia will go down in the annals as one to remember for a long time, and for all the right reasons.
Record prices weren’t just broken; they were obliterated when the lead sale bull, Woonallee Los Angeles sold for a mind blowing $160,000 on Thursday February 9.
Sired by the top New Zealand bull Glen Anthony Y-Arta and out of the magnificent Woonallee Kathie B111 of South African bloodlines via Buzzard Hollow Ranch (USA), this 18 month old and 1030kg bull attracted a huge amount of pre-sale interest and favourable comment.
This gave every indication that something exciting might happen, but no-one expected this level of bidding.
The dedicated and highly committed buyer was Brett Nobbs, Nobbs Cattle Co., Duaringa via Rockhampton in Queensland who threw in his first bid as it approached $120,000.
The bull opened with a $40,000 bid that was quickly countered with a $50,000 online bid, taking it past the previous $46,000 breed record, also set by Woonallee when the Baker family sold Woonallee Goldrush to Scott and Wayne York, Billa Park, Dulacca, Queensland in 2013.
It rapidly climbed through to new stratospheric levels and at the knockdown it had also passed all previous Bos Taurus prices in this country.
The underbidders were Doug and Jan Bradshaw and family, Blue Dog Simmentals, Wandoan, Queensland who bid via the Elite Auctions network.
They have previously purchased and had great success with Woonallee genetics, including W. Justified in 2015 for $45,000.
Almost lost in the euphoric aftermath of this top sale was the $32,500 received for the Black Simmental bull, Woonallee Luxembourg, breaking the previous $27,500 Australian Black Simmental record set at this sale last year.
The purchaser was Peter Howarth, Wombramurra Simmentals, Nundle, NSW.
While these record breaking sales justifiably captured the headlines, they overshadowed what stud principal Tom Baker described as “just the ideal and best ever sale result”.
There was a total clearance of 102 traditional, red and black Simmental and SimAngus bulls.