Glenlands bull's price indeed a princely sum
Some say the true value of anything is its auction price - the true 'acid test'.
For weeks, Droughtmaster bull Glenlands Prince was the subject of intense speculation both inside and outside of breed circles. What would the bull make at auction? Would there be a new record price set for a Droughtmaster bull?
Wild figures and estimates were bandied around. Some would say with good reason.
Never before had such a highly decorated, bigger or heavier Droughtmaster bull been offered for sale.
Forget the show ring and the broad ribbons, the accolades and judge's comments, Prince's biggest test lay within the auction ring.
The current Beef 2012 'Champion Of Champions' and the runner-up 2011 RNA Interbreed champion entered the newly completed selling ring and complex at Glenlands as opening lot at the inaugural Glenlands on-property sale at Bouldercombe last Friday.
For the bull's breeders, the Childs family and the Glenlands stud it was a huge gamble - and it paid off. At 36 months, the colossus called Prince hit the scales at 1227kg with the biggest eye muscle reading the breed has seen (152 cm sq), a muscle scan of 17/11mm an IMF reading of 4.5 and a scrotal circumference measurement of 40.5cm.
Auctioneer Wayne York accepted a starter's bid at $20,000 and in a matter of minutes Prince smashed the previous record by $30,000 knocked down for $180,000 to the Fortrus stud, Gympie.
Commenting after the record-breaking Glenlands sale, Darren Childs said of their record-breaking poll product: "We're very pleased to be able to offer a bull like Prince and the result has certainly exceeded our expectations."
Prince's new home, Fortrus stud owned by Paul McDonald of Noosa, has recently undergone a major expansion with the private acquisition of nearly all of Baralaba-based Angle Zed stud, owned by Bill and Jane Zahnleiter.
WA Droughtmaster stud breeder Bill Sounness, of Mt Barker, purchased a 22-month-old polled sire, Glenlands Quartz, for $20,000 at the sale.
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