Ratanui gets sales week off to a start

Top priced animal went for $16,000 and 10 others sold for $10,000 or more.

Top priced animal went for $16,000 and 10 others sold for $10,000 or more.

TOP PRICE: The 30 young bulls sold by Ratanui Angus from Tolaga Bay got Bull Week off to a healthy start yesterday in the rostrum at the Matawhero saleyards. This guy sold for the top price of $16,000 to the Willis Family Trust from Ngapuke Station. "A lovely looking bull this fellow. Look at the meat on him, he's thick, an easy doing bull with a kind eye," as auctioneer Bruce Orr put it. Picture by Paul Rickard

RATANUI Angus stud on the Tauwhareparae Road inland from Tolaga Bay got Bull Week off to a great start yesterday at the Matawhero saleyards with a total clearance and a higher average than the stud achieved last year.

Mel and Nicky Story sold all 30 of the rising two-year-old bulls they put up for an average price of $9333, which is another healthy jump in the stud’s average for the second year in a row.

“That is a great start to the week. You could not have it much better than that,” auctioneer Bruce Orr said afterwards.

“Mel and Nicky have set the bar for the week and well done to them.”

The top priced animal(Lot 4) went for $16,000, bought by the Willis Family Trust of Ngapuke Station, Gisborne, and 10 others sold for $10,000 or more.

Mr Orr said there was strong local support for cattle that were very, very well presented.

“We are very pleased to see our average up again on last year,” Mr Story said.

“Most of the bull sales round the country have gone that way this season, which is great and it certainly feels good to have such a positive result.”

Mr Story said the continuing support the stud received was gratifying.

“Our bulls are obviously doing the job for our clients that we want them to.

“The total clearance is also very pleasing and Nicky and I are very happy with how its turned out.”

Mr Orr said in his welcome to open the first sale of the week that Gisborne-East Coast was a special part of the country for Angus bull sales.

“No disrepect to the other districts but we have probably saved the best till last.

“Congratulations to Mel and Nicky for the line of cattle they have brought forward for this sale.

“They are a real testimony to the quality of East Coast Angus.”

Sale details: Willis Family Trust, $16,000; Iwinui Station, $15,000; Mangatawhiti Station, $14,500, $12,000; Sunworth Ltd, $11,500, $11,500; G and R Riddell, $11,000; Tauwhareparae Station, $10,500, $9,500; Roucher Livestock, $10,000, $6000, $7000, $7500, $7500, $7000, $5500, $7000; Tutumatai Station, $6500; Marewa Station, $10,000; Ascot Station, $9500, $9500; Okare Station, $9500; Papatu Station, $9000; G and D Smith Partnership, $5500; Panikau Station, $7500; Monte Farm and Forestry, $7500: PGG Wrightson as agents, $9000, $10,000, $9000, $8000.

RATANUI Angus stud on the Tauwhareparae Road inland from Tolaga Bay got Bull Week off to a great start yesterday at the Matawhero saleyards with a total clearance and a higher average than the stud achieved last year.

Mel and Nicky Story sold all 30 of the rising two-year-old bulls they put up for an average price of $9333, which is another healthy jump in the stud’s average for the second year in a row.

“That is a great start to the week. You could not have it much better than that,” auctioneer Bruce Orr said afterwards.

“Mel and Nicky have set the bar for the week and well done to them.”

The top priced animal(Lot 4) went for $16,000, bought by the Willis Family Trust of Ngapuke Station, Gisborne, and 10 others sold for $10,000 or more.

Mr Orr said there was strong local support for cattle that were very, very well presented.

“We are very pleased to see our average up again on last year,” Mr Story said.

“Most of the bull sales round the country have gone that way this season, which is great and it certainly feels good to have such a positive result.”

Mr Story said the continuing support the stud received was gratifying.

“Our bulls are obviously doing the job for our clients that we want them to.

“The total clearance is also very pleasing and Nicky and I are very happy with how its turned out.”

Mr Orr said in his welcome to open the first sale of the week that Gisborne-East Coast was a special part of the country for Angus bull sales.

“No disrepect to the other districts but we have probably saved the best till last.

“Congratulations to Mel and Nicky for the line of cattle they have brought forward for this sale.

“They are a real testimony to the quality of East Coast Angus.”

Sale details: Willis Family Trust, $16,000; Iwinui Station, $15,000; Mangatawhiti Station, $14,500, $12,000; Sunworth Ltd, $11,500, $11,500; G and R Riddell, $11,000; Tauwhareparae Station, $10,500, $9,500; Roucher Livestock, $10,000, $6000, $7000, $7500, $7500, $7000, $5500, $7000; Tutumatai Station, $6500; Marewa Station, $10,000; Ascot Station, $9500, $9500; Okare Station, $9500; Papatu Station, $9000; G and D Smith Partnership, $5500; Panikau Station, $7500; Monte Farm and Forestry, $7500: PGG Wrightson as agents, $9000, $10,000, $9000, $8000.

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