The Mayne family has sold Texas Thunderstruck T383 for a whopping $360,000 to set a new Australian all breeds record.
Purchased by the Mackenzie family of Mackas Angus, Gloucester, NSW, the record breaker surpasses the previous all breeds record of $325,000, paid in 2017 by the Jefferis family for Brahman bull NCC Justified.
The price-tag also overtakes the previous Angus breed record of $280,000, paid in 2021 for Millah Murrah Paratrooper R38.
Sired by Poss Rawhide and out of Texas Omnia M462, this was only the second time in Texas Angus history the Mayne family had sold a true 12-month-old yearling bull.
Sitting in the top 6% of the breed for the Angus Breeding Index, the youngster boasted impressive estimated breeding values, including top 4% for eye muscle area (12.7), top 10% for docility (34), calving ease direct of 5.0, birth weight of 2.7 and 600 day weight of 124.
In offering Thunderstruck T383, the Mayne family said they believed he was something 'very special' and would 'take the Angus breed to the next level'.
"Texas Angus had exclusive semen rights to Poss Rawhide for the last two years and Thunderstruck is the first and only Rawhide son to be sold in the Southern Hemisphere this year," they said.
"He was the absolute standout calf of a 350 cow/calf contemporary group at weaning time and had been since birth.
"Presence, power, performance and profitability is the perfect way to describe this up-and-coming young Angus sire, with a wonderful balance of all traits.
"[We] have never been this excited before about the potential of where this young sire could go and what he could do for the Angus breed."
Thunderstruck will join a stable of other significant price-makers, as the Mackenzie family continues their campaign to own "Australia's best genetics".
In 2021, the family paid a then breed record price of $225,000 for Texas Iceman R725, and last year they paid $140,000 for Circle 8 Rosebud S669, setting a record for the highest-priced unjoined yearling Angus heifer to be sold at auction.
The 2023 Texas Angus sale achieved a 100% clearance rate of the 252 bulls on offer, for an average of $16,764.
Proceedings were conducted by BJA Stock & Station Agents, GDL and Ray White GTSM, with Wayne York as the auctioneer, and interfaced by Elite Livestock Auctions.