Stud buyers were packed to the rafters at the Caldwell family's annual Milwillah Angus bull sale in Young on Friday, as stud records started to tumble.
The sale smashed all Milwillah's stud records with a new average of $9850, while on the way seeing all 77 bulls pushed to a new record top of $62,500.
Milwillah Nardoo N155 met everyone's expectation in the flesh as he strode into the ring as lot two, commanding the attention of every budding cattle man or woman ringside.
He set the sale alight as auctioneer Andrew Wishart kicked him along at a rate of knots, before knocking him to long time clients Maria and Betty Roche, Arden Angus, Adelong for $62,500.
He is a son of Milwillah Lannister, and grandson of Matauri Reality 839, with a pedigree that included elite sires Blackpearl, Elevator and Hingaia 469 and industry matriarch's Dream G71 and Y301, Lowan X64 and Lowan R426.
Stud owner Will Caldwell said he was the standout.
"He was my favourite, I was hoping he'd make the money. He's usually a bull I'd keep. He'll still get use here through artificial insemination for many years. He's a great maternal bull, great weight for age. The most attractive thing is the fundamentals. He has beautiful temperament, beautiful feet and legs. He's an elite sire, and should be used throughout the industry," Mr Caldwell said.
While it was the stud's most successful sale, Mr Caldwell said there was still plenty of value for buyers.
"It was a strong sale with some very good bulls throughout. I was hoping that they'd make that type of money so it was good to see the market show the quality of the cattle.
"We sold bulls to all states but Western Australia. There was a lot of local support as well. There was also a lot of value for money down the catalogue. There were bulls selling for $4-6k which is good value for commercial operators."
The sale was conducted by Elders and Landmark with Andrew Wishart as the auctioneer.
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