Milwillah Angus recorded the second highest Angus bull sale average of the season on Friday at $16,599 for 81 bulls, topping at $44,000.
The top bull, Milwillah Prairie P729, sold to Rod Smith, Kriden Investments, Forest Reefs, for $44,000, as a son of the heavily chased Kouplas B & B Identity, with low birth and plenty of carcase.
Stud buyers filled the stands wanting a piece of the action and several bulls went to new homes, while others had to settle for second best as commercial producers upped their game and took home what they wanted.
Buyers traveled from four states, with the first 20 bulls averaging a staggering $22,275, before most buyers settled into the pattern of bulls kicking at $10,000 and working there way up from there.
A large percentage of buyers were in attendance, chasing heifer bulls and many regarded the Milwillah draft as one of the best heifer bull draft in the country.
The sale set a new stud record and cracked the $410,000 mark for the first time, lifting their average from $9850 last year by $6749 to set a new average of $16,599.
There were several new buyers in attendance this year and they didn't waver at paying between $10,000 and $20,000 for commercial bulls, with a solid percentage heading to the revived pastoral country across NSW and Queensland.
Stud principal Will Caldwell was humbled by the result and thankful so many of the people who came to the sale went home with a bull.
Read the full report in The Land next week.