Texas Powerplay found on neighbouring property

Andrew Miller
By Andrew Miller
January 14 2022 - 8:00pm
MISSING BULL: Texas Powerplay, purchased by Kelly Angus for $108,000 in 2020, has turned up on a neighbouring property.

Missing bull, Texas Powerplay 613 has been found and returned to Kelly Angus, Yea.

The bull disappeared a fortnight ago, and an extensive air and land search failed to find any trace of the animal.



Powerplay, purchased by Kelly Angus for $108,000 in 2020, was found around lunchtime on Friday, stud manager Patrick Joyce said.

The bull went missing from the stud, half way between Yea and Glenburn, leaving the owners baffled.

Mr Joyce said he was "absolutely stoked" Powerplay had been found; he was well, but had a slight injury to one leg.

"He was found by a neighbour on his property, about three kilometres from his original location," Mr Joyce said.

Earlier, Angus Australia incoming chief executive Scott Wright said he'd been very disappointed to hear of the bull's disappearance.

"Stock theft is quite common, but it would be quite unusual for an animal like this to be stolen," Mr Wright said.

All members would be very conscious of security, due to the value of cattle and seedstock animals.

"It's front of mind for a lot of people.

"He's an extremely valuable animal, genetically, so his disappearance is just a real shame."

Police suggested the bull may have wandered away from Kelly Angus, but theft had not been ruled out.

Riga Angus co-principal Vera Finger, Mansfield said she was confident she, her family and staff remained sufficiently vigilant.

"You can come and cut a lock, or a fence, but we would routinely be monitoring boundaries and fences," Ms Finger said.

"We have been aware of trespass on our property, so it is of concern.

'"It puts you up on high alert, that's one way of putting it."

She said if the bull had been stolen it 'defied logic.

"All stock is high value at the moment, so we try and keep it closer to our dwellings, if that's possible, but that's not always practical."

She said she had a "fantastic" group of neighbours around Riga, who looked after each other.



Dysart Angus, Seymour, principal Chris Goddard said he'd noticed reports of a series of farm thefts, including tractors and small equipment, in the local area.

"It is certainly of concern but I don't think where we are, we need to upgrade," Mr Goddard said.

"Certainly I am mindful of it, we have security cameras around the place.

"I must say I was quite astonished when I read about it."

He said he couldn't imagine how anyone would be able to use the bull.

"I can't imagine how it would not be detected."



He said there was the potential for the bull to go missing, on the property.

"We are right on Goulburn River, on the bend as it heads into Seymour

'We lost a bull and we could never work out whether it swam across the river, or went downstream, but I think it actually drowned."

Texas Powerplay found on neighbouring property
Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller


I'm a general reporter with Stock & Land, with a special interest in irrigation issues. I completed my cadetship, with the Age, in 1980. Over my career, I've worked for ABC radio news (Mt Isa, Qld) and at provincial and suburban newspapers.

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