A 13-month-old Hereford bull from Idaho shattered the previous cattle sale record with a price tag of $600,000 on Monday.
The bull, Miles McKee, had a high price tag due to its phenotype. The bull"s moderate frame and heavy muscling promises to breed more cattle The Australian says will be worth tens of thousands of dollars.
The previous cattle sale record was set in 1980 and totaled $301,000. The bull"s former owner, Guy Colyer, runs Colyer Hereford and Angus ranch. Colyer"s previous high sale was in 1984 when a bull carried a $238,000 price tag.
The bull is worth $800,000, but the Colyer family will keep one-quarter interest in the bull and has the option to use the bull"s semen in its own herd. According to World Record Academy, Colyer will receive a portion of semen sales.
Miles McKee is named after a Kansas State University professor and livestock judge. World Record Academy reports the bull was purchased by the Miles McKee Syndicate in Dunlap, Iowa.