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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Helicopter joins search for missing €94k bull

A helicopter has been deployed to search for Texas Powerplay, one of Australia’s most expensive Angus bulls.

Police are investigating the disappearance of a bull from Kelly Angus near Yea.

Finoa Myers, Weekly Times reporter, told 3AW 693 News Talk that the bull’s location is the “$108,000 question”.

“The owners went to look for this bull, which was out in the paddocks with another couple of bulls and cows. It is a real mystery as to where he has gone,” she explained on the 3AW Breakfast with Ross and Russel show.

She added that the “very valuable” bull has had a “substantial” impact in that stud and semen sells for $60/straw.

“The logistics of trying to steal a 1000 kilogram bull are pretty interesting. It is not impossible that he has gone walkabout, but they do not know.”

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“The logistics of trying to round-up a 1,000kg animal, getting them out of a paddock without anyone seeing them, is frightening because it means someone must have been watching the property and would have known the exact time to go into that property.”

“Alternatively, he could have just jumped seventeen fences to other cows. It is very concerning for these people because they have spent that amount of money, and that bull is no longer there.”

Furthermore, she said the bull is having a “huge” impact on the industry.

Texas Powerplay

In a statement, a spokesperson for Kelly Angus said:

“It is just devastating that Powerplay is missing. I thank everyone for the support in our attempts to locate him.”

“We continue to assist Police with ongoing investigations. If anyone has any information, it would be greatly appreciated if you could contact Crime stoppers 1800 333 000,” the spokesperson concluded.

Kelly Angus purchased Texas Powerplay P613 – now its “leading” semen sire – for $108,000 (approximately €94,000) at the Texas Angus stud sale at Warialda in northern NSW in July 2020.

At Ben and Wendy Mayne’s sale, 155 bulls levelled at $14,052, with a total sale gross of $2,178,000.

They said the bull “impressed us with his top of the range phenotype, his overall structure, an impressive weight of plus 1,000kg, & rock-solid feet”.

“For a bull carrying that amount of meat, he has softness & is a very easy doing bull that will compliment most herds.”

“Texas Powerplay P613’s flawless pedigree, consistent blend of EBVs brings depth & volume to our line-up of stud sires,” they added.

Kelly Angus has used a selection of this herd’s genetics over recent years.

As a result, they believe, Texas Angus bulls are “blending well” with its breeding philosophy.

According to Kelly Angus, in August 2021, Powerplay’s first progeny hit the ground. They were born “9 days early”, averaged 30kgs and were “jet black with plenty of presence”.

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