A Barraba family has 80,000 reasons to smile after their bull, Tycolah Jovial F77 made top price at the 51st Dubbo Poll Hereford National Show and Sale last week.
The bull was one of 134 exhibited at the show on June 4, up from last year's 126 animals on display.
Offered by Steve and Therese Crowley, Tycolah Poll Herefords, Barraba, Jovial has a coveted show ring record including junior and grand champion Poll Hereford at last year's Royal Easter Show, senior and grand champion Poll Hereford bull and the Urquhart Trophy for best beef exhibit of all breeds at this year's Royal Easter Show.
Staying true to form, Jovial was awarded senior and grand champion bull at the Dubbo National Show last Monday.
The bidding started at $20,000 and in the space of a few bids, the most talked about bull of the event had hit the top price of the day at $80,000, almost doubling last year's top price paid at $46,000 for Valma Prestige E60 from Tasmania.
Mr Crowley said the bull was worth every cent.
"If he doesn't breed well I will be very surprised," he said.
Just days short of its 2nd birthday, the bull tipped the scales at 1070 kilograms and had an eye muscle area of 141 square centimetres.
The son of Karina Cherry Z8 had estimated breeding value (EBV) figures of +30, +50 and +66 for 200-,400- and 600-day weight respectively.
Mr Crowley said they had now sold 42 sons of "super-sire" Karina Cherry Z8 for a total of around half-a-million dollars.
The Crowley's offered two more bulls at the sale, one by the same sire as Jovial who made $20,000 and the other was "given away" for $7000.
Buyers of the $80,000 Jovial were David and Lynne Cooper, Kimpton Park, Goulburn in partnership with Robert Hain, Gunyah, Cooma and Ken McCallum, Viewfield, Binda.
"This is the most complete bull I have seen in the last 10 years," Mr Cooper said. "He is beautifully balanced, long, deep and correct with a great head."
Tycolah Jovial F77 was close to breaking the record price at the sale which stands at $85,000, paid for Allendale National W168 in 2003.
Out of the 120 bulls on offer, 117 were sold for a 98 per cent clearance with a record average of $9034.
Dubbo Bull Show and Sale committee chairperson Andrew Rayner said he cannot remember a better result.
"It is the best result ever in terms of clearance," he said. "It puts a great deal of confidence into the industry for beef producers."
For the full sale report, see "Related Coverage" under story image.