LEONGATHA South’s Moscript family had reason to celebrate on Wednesday night, when a Holstein heifer calf owned by Callum Moscript sold for a record-breaking $251,000 during International Dairy Week at Tatura.
The Lighting Ridge-CMD Jedi Gigi-Imp-Et calf was sold by Callum and partner Declan Patten, of Lightning Ridge Holsteins at Sale.
The sale set an Australian record for the highest price ever paid for a heifer, breaking the previous record of $112,000, which was also set by Lightning Ridge Genetics.
This sale will also be the first time an Australian dairy animal will be live exported to the US.
Callum, who is now based in Launceston and works for Alta Genetics as a sales representative, said it was a shock to achieve such a result.
“It’s quite a nice pay day that’s for sure – we own a 50/50 share,” he said.
“There was a lot of interest before the sale and we knew artificial breeding companies in the US were chasing it.
“It started at about $30,000 and was bought by Sexing Technologies from Texas.
“My business partner Declan and I purchased embryos from America.
“We implanted embryos in these cattle in Australia and the resulting calf was born.
“We got them DNA tested and this heifer came up as the number four heifer in the world on the US index system. We knew we had a special one.”
The 24 year-old son of Chris and Janine has come a long way since he was a student at Chairo Christian College in Leongatha.
In his role at Alta Genetics he helps progressive dairies in all aspects of their herd management.
“I’ve got to know some really good people in business and very passionate people that have invested in genetics,” he said.
“I’ve worked hard from a young age and had a bit of money so I started investing in cattle and it became a hobby. We turnover hundreds of thousands in livestock sales per year.
“I think after this effort, I’m in a position where I don’t need to do anything. I can just wait and there will always be a special cow or embryo. You’ve got to be patient and you can’t expect things to happen overnight.”