A Victorian Highland cattle breeder has offered a 14-month-old heifer for what might be a world document value of $67,500.
- A Highland heifer bred in Victoria has offered for $67,500
- Demand for Highland cows is at the moment excessive
- Gross sales of cow embryos have additionally elevated
Glen Hastie has bred Highland cows in Gisborne for 26 years and has by no means seen such demand for the heritage breed.
“It is out of this world for us, it is actually going to take care of our subsequent lot of imported genetics and put up a shed for us,” Mr Hastie mentioned.
“She’s a very nice heifer, out of a bull and cow that we bred. Nonetheless, we weren’t anticipating that form of value,
“The typical value over the six heaps was $38,000 and within the earlier sale we had six months in the past, the typical value was $13,000, which we thought was wonderful again then.”
After contacting breeders within the USA and Scotland, Mr Hastie believed the newest value was a world document for the breed.
“It actually was a document for us and a document for Australia for the breed,” he mentioned.
“I’ve made some contacts with folks in Scotland and North America and it is roughly double the earlier information for every of these international locations.
“Actually greater than anybody has bought within the residence nation.
“I contacted a Scottish breeder that we import from, he’s an ex-president of the Highland cattle society over there and he was astounded.”
The record-breaking heifer, named Calmore of Bairnsley, was bought by a NSW purchaser and would be the begin of a brand new fold, or herd.
What’s driving Highland value?
In Australia, Highland cows have been thought-about uncommon and largely a boutique breed for pastime farmers as a consequence of their attractiveness and low upkeep.
They have been additionally excellent for first time cattle house owners.
Highland breeders throughout the nation haven’t been in a position to sustain with demand which has led to hovering costs.
“Any of that is actually simply provide and demand, ” Mr Hastie mentioned.
“It comes all the way down to shortage of excellent high quality, registered Highland females.
“Their temperament is beautiful, they actually simply are very quiet animals.
“I believe people who find themselves much less skilled with cattle are extra curious about Highlands than they might be with the opposite extra business breeds.”
With costs excessive for the cows, Mr Hastie mentioned there had additionally been extra curiosity in embryos which may price as much as $3,000 every.
“Curiously, the embryo aspect of issues out of the blue turns into fairly low-cost in comparison with $67,000 for a cow,” he mentioned.
“For the reason that sale, there’s been a substantial quantity of curiosity within the embryos that we have now in our tank in the mean time.”