A BARRABA family had 80,000 reasons to ignore today's cold and bleak weather when their bull, Tycolah Jovial topped the Dubbo Poll Hereford national show and sale.
Jovial almost doubled last year's top price, which was paid at $46,000 for Valma Prestige E60 from Tasmania.
The bull is just 21 days short of its second birthday and already has a show ring record the envy of any bull or breed.
Last year Jovial was the junior and grand champion poll hereford at the Royal Easter Show. This year as a teenager (in months) it was judged the senior and grand champion poll hereford bull and then adjudicated as the champion of all beef breeds at the show.
It tips the scales at 1070 kilograms and has an estimated eye muscle area (where the primest of cuts are) of 141 square centimetres.
The Crowleys offered three bulls at the sale including Jovial. The other two made $7000 and $20,000.
The buyers of the $80,000 Jovial were David Cooper from Kimpton Park, Goulburn, in partnership with Robert Hain, Gunyah stud, Cooma and Kenneth McCallum, Viewfield, Binda.
A bull offered by Braybrook stud, based at Warroo, west of Forbes sold Braybrook Federer for $40,000, to set the second top price of the day.
Overall 117 bulls at a 98 per cent clearance averaged $9034 for a gross of $1,056,978.
The record price for Dubbo was $85,000, paid for Allendale National W168 from SA in 2002.