Holy cow – Wagyu cattle attract six-figure prices

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Holy cow – Wagyu cattle attract six-figure prices

An unjoined Wagyu heifer fetched $245,000 at the third annual online Mayura Station High Performance Production sale on Thursday.

It was the high point of the sale which grossed almost $2.5m for the Millicent property dating back to 1845 and owned by the de Bruin family.

The rising two-year-old Mayura R1356 was bought by Yulong Investments.

It paid the top price of $160,000 last year for the heifer’s half-sister.

According to the catalogue, the heifer was described as having an excellent topline, shape and style.

“She has a deep chest with excellent capacity and width across the loin,” the catalogue said.

It also had the highest marbling score estimated breeding value in the Mayura offering, and was in the top 1% for marble scoring, self-replacing index, FBTi, and F1Ti.

A second Itoshegenami Jnr daughter made the second-highest price of $220,000 and was also bought by Yulong Investments.

Mayura Station also did well with the bull offering with Lot 25, Mayura Renegade R0152, making a sale-high of $122,500.

The March 2020-drop “powerhouse” bull was out of LMR Toshiro and Mayura L0914.

The bull was purposely bred as a maternal outcross to be used over high marbling Mayura genetics

It was bought by Hewitt Pastoral Enterprises, Taroom, Queensland.

The semen lots did not quite reach the 2021 record price of $70,000 price, with two straws from Itoshigenami Jnr making $62,500.

They are bound for the United States of America after being bought by Heartland Hill Farms, Boston, Massachusetts.

Overall, the 22 females averaged $64,591for Mayura Station while the 13 bulls averaged $44,577.

The single embryo package sold at $15,000 and the nine semen lots averaged $51,000 per package.

During the sale, bids came from across Australia, Europe and the USA.

According to capital city press reports, Mayura Station owner/manager Scott de Bruin said he was “blown away” and humbled by the support of the international Wagyu beef cattle community.

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