Rangatira sells priciest NZ bull

Packed gallery greets 54 young bulls up for auction in the Coventry Station rostrum yesterday.

Packed gallery greets 54 young bulls up for auction in the Coventry Station rostrum yesterday.

TOP NZ PRICE: Lot 4 (pictured) at the Rangatira Angus bull sale yesterday on Coventry Station at Muriwai sold for $50,000.
It was the highest price paid for any bull of any breed in New Zealand this bull sales season. He is off to stud in southern Hawke’s Bay. Picture by Paul Rickard

RANGATIRA Angus sold the top priced bull of any breed sold in New Zealand this rising two-year-old bull sale season yesterday at $50,000 and studmaster Charlie Dowding was thrilled about it.

A packed gallery greeted the 54 young bulls up for auction in the Coventry Station rostrum yesterday morning.

They were treated to quick-fire high stakes and thrilling bidding across not just the top-priced animal (Lot 4) but also across two others (Lots 2 and 13) that got up to $47,000 each.

Another top bull (Lot 3) went out the door for $38,000.

The $50,000 auction was won by Friel Farms, the Mount Mable Stud from Kumeroa south of Dannevirke.

Stud owner Kevin Friel said he thought the bull was the best one in the Rangatira lineup.

“He had the best Angus type, plenty of meat, beautiful feet and sound temperament.

“We had a really good sale ourselves two weeks ago so we were keen to reinvest here in Gisborne today.”

In all eight Rangatira bulls were sold to stud.

“We would like to thank everyone for their spirited bidding right through the sale today and for their support,” said Rangatira studmaster Charlie Dowding afterwards.

“It has been an overwhelming and amazing sale for us.”

The stud sold all 54 bulls in the catalogue for an average of $12,740, which was higher than that achieved by the stud over the past two years.

“I am relieved we have it all behind us now. It is always somewhat of a nerve wracking experience,” Mr Dowding said.

“We have aimed for meat and weight at this age for our bulls, and the buyers are looking for the same things.”

Auctioneer Bruce Orr said he struggled to find the right superlatives to describe a fantastic sale.

“Today we saw the pinnacle of breeding black cattle nationally. A lovely line of cattle confirmed by the interest, support and prices achieved.”

Of the total line up 28 made five figures, down the catelogue as far as Lot 52 that sold for $10,500.

“The strength of this catalogue stands out,” said co-auctioneer Neville Clark.

“The sale was as strong at the back as it was at the front.”

As Mr Orr said after the last bull was sold, “Sadly, that’s it. We have come to the end of a great sale of quality, quality cattle!!”

Sale details

Friel Farms, $50,000: Brookwood Station Ltd, $47,000: I.D and K Borck partnership, $47,000; Cricklewood Station, $38,000; Tauwhareparae Station, $11,500, $10,000, $12,000, $10,000, $9000: G.M Shannon partnership, $13,000, $14,000; Ricky Alabaster Family, $9000; Te Uranga B2 Inc, $13,500; Quinn and Sons Ltd, $12,000; Tahu-nui Ltd, $10,000, $10,500; S.M Duncan partnership, $13,000; Kereru Station, $10,000; Arawood Farm Ltd, $13,500; G.R McIntyre, $8000, $8000;Rissetto Station, $12,500, $15,000, $8500, $9000, $9000, $10,500, $7500; Mangaheia Station, $7500, $9000, $10,000, $8500; Mangatawhiti Station, $14,500; R.P Purdy, $12,000; Toromiro Station, $9000, $8000; KML Trust, $14,000; Ingleby Co Ltd, $10,000, $14,000; T.A.H Jowsey, $14,000; Tuahu Station, $11,000; Rural Livestock Ltd, $7000, $6000; Leros Lands Ltd, $9000; Monte Farm and Forestry, $7500, $9000; M.J and J Charteris, $8500; Belfast Grazing Co Ltd, $9500;
Tawhara Farm, $7000; Fernyhurst Farm, $9000; Paparatu Station, $8000; PGG Wrightson as agents, $8000; Hereheretau Station, $8000.

RANGATIRA Angus sold the top priced bull of any breed sold in New Zealand this rising two-year-old bull sale season yesterday at $50,000 and studmaster Charlie Dowding was thrilled about it.

A packed gallery greeted the 54 young bulls up for auction in the Coventry Station rostrum yesterday morning.

They were treated to quick-fire high stakes and thrilling bidding across not just the top-priced animal (Lot 4) but also across two others (Lots 2 and 13) that got up to $47,000 each.

Another top bull (Lot 3) went out the door for $38,000.

The $50,000 auction was won by Friel Farms, the Mount Mable Stud from Kumeroa south of Dannevirke.

Stud owner Kevin Friel said he thought the bull was the best one in the Rangatira lineup.

“He had the best Angus type, plenty of meat, beautiful feet and sound temperament.

“We had a really good sale ourselves two weeks ago so we were keen to reinvest here in Gisborne today.”

In all eight Rangatira bulls were sold to stud.

“We would like to thank everyone for their spirited bidding right through the sale today and for their support,” said Rangatira studmaster Charlie Dowding afterwards.

“It has been an overwhelming and amazing sale for us.”

The stud sold all 54 bulls in the catalogue for an average of $12,740, which was higher than that achieved by the stud over the past two years.

“I am relieved we have it all behind us now. It is always somewhat of a nerve wracking experience,” Mr Dowding said.

“We have aimed for meat and weight at this age for our bulls, and the buyers are looking for the same things.”

Auctioneer Bruce Orr said he struggled to find the right superlatives to describe a fantastic sale.

“Today we saw the pinnacle of breeding black cattle nationally. A lovely line of cattle confirmed by the interest, support and prices achieved.”

Of the total line up 28 made five figures, down the catelogue as far as Lot 52 that sold for $10,500.

“The strength of this catalogue stands out,” said co-auctioneer Neville Clark.

“The sale was as strong at the back as it was at the front.”

As Mr Orr said after the last bull was sold, “Sadly, that’s it. We have come to the end of a great sale of quality, quality cattle!!”

Sale details

Friel Farms, $50,000: Brookwood Station Ltd, $47,000: I.D and K Borck partnership, $47,000; Cricklewood Station, $38,000; Tauwhareparae Station, $11,500, $10,000, $12,000, $10,000, $9000: G.M Shannon partnership, $13,000, $14,000; Ricky Alabaster Family, $9000; Te Uranga B2 Inc, $13,500; Quinn and Sons Ltd, $12,000; Tahu-nui Ltd, $10,000, $10,500; S.M Duncan partnership, $13,000; Kereru Station, $10,000; Arawood Farm Ltd, $13,500; G.R McIntyre, $8000, $8000;Rissetto Station, $12,500, $15,000, $8500, $9000, $9000, $10,500, $7500; Mangaheia Station, $7500, $9000, $10,000, $8500; Mangatawhiti Station, $14,500; R.P Purdy, $12,000; Toromiro Station, $9000, $8000; KML Trust, $14,000; Ingleby Co Ltd, $10,000, $14,000; T.A.H Jowsey, $14,000; Tuahu Station, $11,000; Rural Livestock Ltd, $7000, $6000; Leros Lands Ltd, $9000; Monte Farm and Forestry, $7500, $9000; M.J and J Charteris, $8500; Belfast Grazing Co Ltd, $9500;
Tawhara Farm, $7000; Fernyhurst Farm, $9000; Paparatu Station, $8000; PGG Wrightson as agents, $8000; Hereheretau Station, $8000.

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