Bill Cornell, ABS Australia, Albury, with the $55,000 Milwillah Gatsby G297

The winter bull selling season hit a new high today after an Angus sire was knocked down for $55,000 at the Caldwell family’s Milwillah Angus sale at Young.

The bull, Milwillah Gatsby G279, was secured by a six-way partnership comprising of ABS Australia and Angus studs Murdeduke, Pathfinder, Alpine and Ascot, as well as a further undisclosed member.

Gatsby, sired by the $50,000 Tuwharetoa Regent D145 and from a Te Mania Unlimited U3271-sired dam in Milwillah Lowan D112, was described by ABS Australia’s Bill Cornell as a “near perfect bull” and that he “could not find a fault on him”.

“The cow line on the bottom side of his pedigree has five of the most iconic cows in the Te Mania herd in it,” Mr Cornell said.

He said the syndicate selected the bull for its overall superior structural soundness and estimated breeding value (EBV) profile.

Gatsby’s EBVs included a birthweight of +5.1, 200-day weight of +51, 400-day weight of +91, 600-day weight of +116, eye muscle area of +7.3, rib fat of +2.7, rump fat of +3.0, intramuscular fat of +4.1 and a Long Fed/CAAB $index of +160.

Murdeduke and Pathfinder secured the walking rights in the bull, with Murdeduke to use the sire in November 2013 and Pathfinder in the autumn.

Overall 77 of the 79 bulls offered at the sale sold for an average of $5038.