Tributes for Colin Williams at Kaharau sale

Sixty years since Colin Williams got the stud started in Ruatoria.

Sixty years since Colin Williams got the stud started in Ruatoria.

One of the big fellows up for grabs at the Kaharau Bull Sale. Picture by Paul Rickard

KAHARAU Stud had a complete sellout of the rising two-year-old bulls presented before a packed rostrum last night and they sold for a higher average price than last year.

The stud on Rimunui Station in Godowin Road celebrated its 60th year in fine style with a top price of $16,000 and an average across the 51 animals sold of $8288.

Fourteen bulls realised between $10,000 and the top price.

It was a special night for the stud as it marked 60 years since Colin Williams got the stud started in Ruatoria.

As auctioneer Bruce Orr put it in his opening remarks - “Seldom do you get to see a stud sale where the originator of that stud is there to mark such a long period of time.

“We salute you Colin. The cattle industry of New Zealand owes you a debt!”

Colin Williams said afterwards he was very humbled by the remarks.

“It was a very good sale. They all sold, which was fantastic. We had a bit of a struggle at times during the season, but on the whole it went very well.”

In her welcome studmaster and Colin’s daughter Penny Hoogerbrug thanked all those who had contributed to the Kaharau story over its 60 years.

“Tonight we celebrate the long and successful career of Colin and Jackie.

“Kaharau has been dad’s interest, his passion and his life’s work.”

Her remarks drew a solid round of applause.

She paid particular tribute to the part 50-year Kaharau employee Prince Rickard had played in the stud’s development, working alongside her father.

Penny also made special mention of Selwyn Skudder, who was with the stud for 50 years.

“Absolutely, Kaharau has only been as successful as all of you, our clients!”

She also thanked auctioneer Bruce Orr from PGG Wrightson for his “wonderful auctioneering” over many years.

“We were so pleased to see so many people here tonight to celebrate with us and are so pleased to get a total clearance in a good commercial bull sale that has produced a higher average than 2016,” she said.

Bruce Orr said the auction drew a large gallery of interested, mainly commercial buyers.

“They supported the stud very well to achieve a very realistic total clearance.

“The bulls were very buyable. Those buyer with lesser budgets would have gone home happy with strong, capable cattle.”

Sale details: Kahuranaki Station,$6500; Alabaster Trust, $14,000, $11,000; H. O”Grady, $13,000; C.N.A Marr, $10,000, $9000, $8000, $9500; P.C Raikes Ltd, $9500, $11,500; K and P Shea, $16,000; Quailburn Downs, $15,000; Waihina Station, $10,000; Taumata Station, $7000; Marewa Station, $12,000; Mangahanea Farms, $5000; Hawkdun Pastoral, $8000; Sunworth Ltd, $10,000, $6000; EJ Gordon Livestock Ltd, $4500, $5000, $5000; Marika Station, $11,000, $11,000; Monte Farm and Forestry, $5000, $8000, $5500; I.C Rissetto, $11,000; Tauwhareparae Station, $7500, $5500; Mangaheia Station, $8500, $7000; Ngati Pahauwera, $7500; Mangatareta Station, $7000, $6500; Tuahu Station, $8000; Rimunui Station, $7000, $5500; Hereheretau Station. $9000; Papatu Station, $9200; M.J.Charteris, $8000; Ponpori Farms. $6000; A.J.Jennings, $7200; M.J.Stevens partnership, $7500; Okare Station, $6000; Patemaru Station, $6000, $5000; Linburn partnership, $5500; Hillersden Trust, $5800, PGG Wrightson as agents, $12,000.

KAHARAU Stud had a complete sellout of the rising two-year-old bulls presented before a packed rostrum last night and they sold for a higher average price than last year.

The stud on Rimunui Station in Godowin Road celebrated its 60th year in fine style with a top price of $16,000 and an average across the 51 animals sold of $8288.

Fourteen bulls realised between $10,000 and the top price.

It was a special night for the stud as it marked 60 years since Colin Williams got the stud started in Ruatoria.

As auctioneer Bruce Orr put it in his opening remarks - “Seldom do you get to see a stud sale where the originator of that stud is there to mark such a long period of time.

“We salute you Colin. The cattle industry of New Zealand owes you a debt!”

Colin Williams said afterwards he was very humbled by the remarks.

“It was a very good sale. They all sold, which was fantastic. We had a bit of a struggle at times during the season, but on the whole it went very well.”

In her welcome studmaster and Colin’s daughter Penny Hoogerbrug thanked all those who had contributed to the Kaharau story over its 60 years.

“Tonight we celebrate the long and successful career of Colin and Jackie.

“Kaharau has been dad’s interest, his passion and his life’s work.”

Her remarks drew a solid round of applause.

She paid particular tribute to the part 50-year Kaharau employee Prince Rickard had played in the stud’s development, working alongside her father.

Penny also made special mention of Selwyn Skudder, who was with the stud for 50 years.

“Absolutely, Kaharau has only been as successful as all of you, our clients!”

She also thanked auctioneer Bruce Orr from PGG Wrightson for his “wonderful auctioneering” over many years.

“We were so pleased to see so many people here tonight to celebrate with us and are so pleased to get a total clearance in a good commercial bull sale that has produced a higher average than 2016,” she said.

Bruce Orr said the auction drew a large gallery of interested, mainly commercial buyers.

“They supported the stud very well to achieve a very realistic total clearance.

“The bulls were very buyable. Those buyer with lesser budgets would have gone home happy with strong, capable cattle.”

Sale details: Kahuranaki Station,$6500; Alabaster Trust, $14,000, $11,000; H. O”Grady, $13,000; C.N.A Marr, $10,000, $9000, $8000, $9500; P.C Raikes Ltd, $9500, $11,500; K and P Shea, $16,000; Quailburn Downs, $15,000; Waihina Station, $10,000; Taumata Station, $7000; Marewa Station, $12,000; Mangahanea Farms, $5000; Hawkdun Pastoral, $8000; Sunworth Ltd, $10,000, $6000; EJ Gordon Livestock Ltd, $4500, $5000, $5000; Marika Station, $11,000, $11,000; Monte Farm and Forestry, $5000, $8000, $5500; I.C Rissetto, $11,000; Tauwhareparae Station, $7500, $5500; Mangaheia Station, $8500, $7000; Ngati Pahauwera, $7500; Mangatareta Station, $7000, $6500; Tuahu Station, $8000; Rimunui Station, $7000, $5500; Hereheretau Station. $9000; Papatu Station, $9200; M.J.Charteris, $8000; Ponpori Farms. $6000; A.J.Jennings, $7200; M.J.Stevens partnership, $7500; Okare Station, $6000; Patemaru Station, $6000, $5000; Linburn partnership, $5500; Hillersden Trust, $5800, PGG Wrightson as agents, $12,000.

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