The 2018 Wagyu Fullblood Sale was held at the Great Western Hotel Rockhampton on Monday, May 7.
The event grossed $461,500 in sales with a select group of Wagyu vendors from Queensland and New South Wales presenting 69 lots for auction at the sale including 40 bulls, 17 females, 5 semen and 7 embryo packages.
Sam and Dean Pollard from Sahara Park Wagyu, Garnant, topped the 2018 Wagyu Fullblood Sale selling lot 48 to James Matts from Goshu Wagyu, Haddon, Victoria for $35,000.
Sahara Park Wagyu also sold lots 45 and 46 to Cameron Hewitt of Hewitt Pastoral Enterprises for $18,000 each and lot 66, a package of 5 embryos, to Paul Christensen of Pinnacle Wagyu for $10,000.
Other top contenders were Sanjolincey Wagyu who sold lot 15 to the Knudsen family for $22,000, Rocala Wagyu sold lot 57 to Kerwee Pastoral Company for $22,000, lot 36 to Kiaora Stud for $15,000 and lot 56 to Craig Wiggington for $13,000. Sunland Cattle Co sold lot 51 to Bar H Grazing for $20,000 and lot 53 to Wright Pastoral Co for $12,500. Delta Wagyu sold lot 63, a package of 5 embryos, to Four Star Trading for $13,000 and Cooper Downs Wagyu sold lot 7 to the Rae family for $12,000.
This inaugural event was the first live Wagyu sale of superior genetics in Australia.
The live sale was run by Elders Rural Services and facilitated by AuctionsPlus.
The Wagyu Fullblood Sale committee would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to the event sponsors for their generous support in making this event a success including Milne Bros, Inveraray Station, Smithfield Cattle Co, Sunland Cattle Co, DNO Mining & Agricultural Services, Delta Wagyu, The Rockhampton Grammar School, Salisbury Wagyu, Elders, Beef Breeding Services, Cooper Downs Wagyu, Fitzroy Nurseries, Wyche Wagyu, Frenchville Sports Club, Websters Wagyu, Sanjolincey Wagyu, Elders Insurance Rockhampton and Wingfield Wagyu. The committee would also like to thank and acknowledge the Great Western Hotel, Green Steel, Rolling Designs, John Alexander and JC Events for their collaboration and dedication along the way.