THE Baker family's 10th annual Elite Production Sale will go down in the annals as one to remember, and for all the right reasons.
Record prices weren't just broken; they were obliterated when the lead sale bull – Woonallee Los Angeles L124 (P) (ET) (AI) – sold for a mind blowing $160,000 on Thursday.
The dedicated and highly-committed buyer was Brett Nobbs, Nobbs Cattle Co, Duaringa via Rockhampton, Qld, who threw in his first bid as it approached $120,000.
The 18 month-old bull opened with a $40,000 bid and that was immediately countered with a $50,000 bid, taking it past the previous $46,000 breed record set by Woonallee in 2013.
It rapidly climbed through to new statospheric levels and at the knockdown it had also passed all previous Bos Tauris prices in this country.
The underbidders were the Bradshaw family, Blue Dog Simmentals, Wandoan, Qld, who bid via the Elite Auctions network.
Almost lost in the euphoric aftermath was the $32,500 received for Black Simmental bull Woonallee Luxembourg (P), breaking the previous $27,500 record set at this sale last year.
The purchaser was Peter Howarth, Wonbramurra Simmentals, Nundle, NSW.