UNJOINED Wagyu heifers sold to $8250 and 28 averaged $2430 at the inaugural Fullblood 100 per cent Wagyu International online AuctionsPlus sale, which concluded at the National Wagyu Conference at the Gold Coast on October 12.
The top price of $8250 came for the pick from three 17-month-old Breedplan recorded heifers offered by AACo’s Westholme stud at Surat, Queensland, and purchased by the Hornery family’s Bar H Grazing at Comet, Queensland.
Bar H also paid $7500 for the 12-month-old bull Kuro Kin Hirashigetatasu J88, with growth EBVs in the top 10pc of the breed. Vendor was Peter Bishop from Scone, NSW.
Semen sold to $305 per straw and 90 straws sold in packages of 10 averaging $108/straw.
Top semen price was almost three times its reserve and was from Kitatsurukiku D01 (imp Jap) on account of AACo’s Westholme Wagyu and purchased by Darley Stud Pty Ltd, Lancaster, Victoria.
Biggest buyer was Obi Kobi Beef Company, Kidaman Creek, Queensland, taking 28 unjoined heifers at an average price of $2300 from vendor Moyhu Wagyu, Meadow Creek, Victoria.
This was the first time in the cattle industry that an AuctionsPlus simultaneous auction had run over four days and Landmark’s AuctionsPlus manager Tim Bayliss rated it a great success.
“The 150 prospective buyers that logged-in were from all states plus South Africa, the United Kingdom and Indonesia, with South Africa successfully buying a semen package,” he said.