$140,000 droughtmaster bull smashes record
WHEN David Torrisi walked into the Gracemere Saleyards yesterday morning he had his eye on one bull and he was determined to do whatever it took to get it.
The price he paid, a whopping $140,000, might mean a new house or an expensive car to most but Mr Torrisi reckons his investment is worth every penny.
"We really focused on buying this bull .?.?. he's the full package .?.?. anyone would want to him take home,'' he said.
Mr Torrisi shelled out the record amount at yesterday's national droughtmaster sales for the much sought-after stud bull Fletcher's Awl Upton.
And he said the bull will become the star breeder at his Vitwood property at Childers.
"This bull will go straight to the top of our breeding line.
"It's got everything you would wish to have .?.?. he's from a goodblood line, original breeding background, he's got excellent temperament, good eye muscle.
And it's not the first time Mr Torrisi has gone all out to get the bull he wanted. Just last year he paid a then unheard-of $95,000 for the blue-ribbon winner Glenlands Hilton.
But yesterday's record breaking price tag took everyone by surprise, including it's vendors Shane and Wendy Perry, of Strathfield Droughtmasters, at Clermont.
"I'm over the moon .?.?. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, I didn't know what to do'' Mr Parry said.
"I knew he was a good bull, I knew he'd make good money but I had no idea it would go this far, I don't think anyone did.'' But Mr Perry said while he planned to spend last night cele- brating he was in two minds about selling his best bull.
"He's still a bloody good bull .?.?. how much he could have been worth to us is unknown.''
"But we haven't lost him completely .?.?. we've retained some semen and I put him over some heifers before the sale and we are expecting some progeny in November.''
Mr Perry said the bull's top physical qualities were the fruits of more-than 40 years breeding by his father Noel who passed away last year.