Milwillah hits $130,000 in new sale record

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Young’s Milwillah Angus stud reached new heights at its 15th annual on-property bull sale held at Clover Hill earlier this month with the sale top price of $130,000 tripling last year’s result. Overall the Caldwell family sold all 106 bulls on offer for a $25,726 average, up over $9000 from the 2020 sale average of $16,599 with 30 extra bulls sold. The 100 per cent clearance was driven by stud and commercial buyers looking to add bulls packed full of meat, backed by maternal strength and structural soundness, to their programs. The Trovatello family of Adameluca Angus, Kyneton South, Vic, could not let the opportunity to add Milwillah Slideshow Q102 to their program, making the bold bid of $130,000 over the phone to secure the outstanding sire prospect. Following the Milwillah program for a number of years, Sam Trovatello said the bull comes from a great breeding program. “This bull comes from an outstanding herd… we’ve had great success with Milwillah Elsom H283 progeny in the past,” he said. “We admire the overall performance of the bull, the carcase quality, perfect structural scores for feet and legs, and his good spread of data. We were looking for a bull with power, good bone and length. Also selling for six figures was the lead off bull, Milwillah Blackout Q822, which sold for $100,000 to Richard and Lynne Crookes of Yallambee Angus, Berrima. Also by S Powerpoint, the two-year-old weighed 960kg and was out of Milwillah Mittagong D171 who’s sons have averaged $53,000. The first four lots averaged $91,250. The first twenty $40,600. Seventeen yearling bulls reached an $80,000 high-price on two occasions, and averaged $31,588, while 89 bulls, 18 to 24 months, averaged $24,494. Milwillah Remington R1017 was the first yearling to be knocked down for $80,000 to Callandoon Angus, Springsure, Qld. By S Powerpoint and from elite donor dam Milwillah Barunah K26, he weighed 620kg. The second to make $80,000 was Milwillah Rimfire R1023, a full flush brother to Remington R1017, purchased by Absolute Angus, Trafalgar South, Vic. Yearling bull Milwillah Renagade R1033 wasn’t far behind, knocked down for $60,000 to Warri-Willah Angus, in conjunction with Buchan Station, Buchan, Vic. Returning to buy from the Milwillah stud for the fifth year, Ulladulla Pastoral were the largest volume buyers taking home 12 bulls for its self-replacing Angus cow herd of around 1500 breeders. Selling agents were Elders and Nutrien with auctioneer Andrew Wishart, Nutrien.

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The $130,000 high-seller with auctioneer Andrew Wishart and Will Caldwell of Milwillah Angus, Young.

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Photos by Hannah Powe

Young’s Milwillah Angus stud reached new heights at its 15th annual on-property bull sale held at Clover Hill earlier this month with the sale top price of $130,000 tripling last year’s result.

Overall the Caldwell family sold all 106 bulls on offer for a $25,726 average, up over $9000 from the 2020 sale average of $16,599 with 30 extra bulls sold.

The 100 per cent clearance was driven by stud and commercial buyers looking to add bulls packed full of meat, backed by maternal strength and structural soundness, to their programs.

The Trovatello family of Adameluca Angus, Kyneton South, Vic, could not let the opportunity to add Milwillah Slideshow Q102 to their program, making the bold bid of $130,000 over the phone to secure the outstanding sire prospect.

Following the Milwillah program for a number of years, Sam Trovatello said the bull comes from a great breeding program.

“This bull comes from an outstanding herd… we’ve had great success with Milwillah Elsom H283 progeny in the past,” he said.

“We admire the overall performance of the bull, the carcase quality, perfect structural scores for feet and legs, and his good spread of data. We were looking for a bull with power, good bone and length.

Also selling for six figures was the lead off bull, Milwillah Blackout Q822, which sold for $100,000 to Richard and Lynne Crookes of Yallambee Angus, Berrima.

Also by S Powerpoint, the two-year-old weighed 960kg and was out of Milwillah Mittagong D171 who’s sons have averaged $53,000.

The first four lots averaged $91,250. The first twenty $40,600. Seventeen yearling bulls reached an $80,000 high-price on two occasions, and averaged $31,588, while 89 bulls, 18 to 24 months, averaged $24,494.

Milwillah Remington R1017 was the first yearling to be knocked down for $80,000 to Callandoon Angus, Springsure, Qld. By S Powerpoint and from elite donor dam Milwillah Barunah K26, he weighed 620kg.

The second to make $80,000 was Milwillah Rimfire R1023, a full flush brother to Remington R1017, purchased by Absolute Angus, Trafalgar South, Vic.

Yearling bull Milwillah Renagade R1033 wasn’t far behind, knocked down for $60,000 to Warri-Willah Angus, in conjunction with Buchan Station, Buchan, Vic.

Returning to buy from the Milwillah stud for the fifth year, Ulladulla Pastoral were the largest volume buyers taking home 12 bulls for its self-replacing Angus cow herd of around 1500 breeders.

Selling agents were Elders and Nutrien with auctioneer Andrew Wishart, Nutrien.

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