Bull Week worth $4.4 million

‘Almost certainly a record season here’

‘Almost certainly a record season here’

A WONDER BULL SALE: The 2017 bull sales season in the Gisborne-Wairoa districts has probably poured more money into the regional economy than ever before. Tangihau Angus at Rere produced one of the highlights when it set a New Zealand-high average at the combined sale at the Matawhero saleyards. Lot 5 (above) won the stud the Wonder Cup for the bull judged best in the sale. Picture by Paul Rickard

THE annual bull sales season generated close to $4.4 million for the Gisborne-Wairoa district economies this year as studs recorded better averages and some had their best top prices for years.

“The result is believed to be almost certainly a record season here,” said long-time auctioneer Bruce Orr.

Rangatira Stud on Coventry Station at Muriwai sold the top-priced bull in New Zealand this season at $50,000 and Tangihau Stud at Rere produced the highest sale average in the country at $15,475.

Angus studs in the Gisborne district — Rangatira, Turihaua, Kaharau, Whangara, Ratanui, Tangihau and Alpine — generated a total $3.6 million from the sale of just over 300 young bulls.

The three Hereford studs in Gisborne sold 60 bulls for a total of about $396,000.

Turiroa Angus (44 bulls sold), Cricklewood Angus (5) and Kenhardt Angus (22) near Wairoa and Kerrah Simmentals (80 bulls sold) at Whakaki chimed in with the rest of the $4.4 million total.

Mr Orr, from PGG Wrightson, said the season started so well with the Kerrah Simmental sale in late May.

“That was New Zealand’s best Simmental sale this season. “The Angus sales in Gisborne all achieved a total clearance and better averages in keeping with how the commercial and store cattle market has been throughout New Zealand this year.”

Mr Orr said the top-end bulls on offer once again appealed to Angus stud breeders from throughout New Zealand.

Studmaster Hamish Williams from Turihaua Stud said it had been an outstanding week for East Coast Angus.

“We need years like this and, like last year, to reward breeders for all the work they put into their cattle.

“The highlight for me was to see several studs breaking the $10,000-plus average mark.

“That is quite spectacular and has not been done for an awfully long time.”

The sales in the Gisborne district were again extremely well supported this season by dozens of buyers from throughout the country.

Mr Orr said the stud breeders in this region maintained their position as the leading area in the country for cattle with structural strength and integrity.

“Buyers come here because the Eact Coast is renowned for breeding sound, strong and correct bulls,” Mr Orr said.

“It has certainly been one of the best seasons I have ever seen in this district.

“Congratulations to all the East Coast breeders.”

Neville Clarke from E.J Gordon Livestock, who also carried out auction duties, summed things up when he opened the final sale of the week at Wilencote Herefords at Ngatapa.

“It has been a fabulous week here in paradise and there has been a bull for everyone.

“The week put the East Coast cattle industry on display and our breeders showed off their diversity, strength and belief in their goals . . . and it has been obvious the rest of New Zealand share their wisdom.

“It is easy to buy good cattle off good people.”

THE annual bull sales season generated close to $4.4 million for the Gisborne-Wairoa district economies this year as studs recorded better averages and some had their best top prices for years.

“The result is believed to be almost certainly a record season here,” said long-time auctioneer Bruce Orr.

Rangatira Stud on Coventry Station at Muriwai sold the top-priced bull in New Zealand this season at $50,000 and Tangihau Stud at Rere produced the highest sale average in the country at $15,475.

Angus studs in the Gisborne district — Rangatira, Turihaua, Kaharau, Whangara, Ratanui, Tangihau and Alpine — generated a total $3.6 million from the sale of just over 300 young bulls.

The three Hereford studs in Gisborne sold 60 bulls for a total of about $396,000.

Turiroa Angus (44 bulls sold), Cricklewood Angus (5) and Kenhardt Angus (22) near Wairoa and Kerrah Simmentals (80 bulls sold) at Whakaki chimed in with the rest of the $4.4 million total.

Mr Orr, from PGG Wrightson, said the season started so well with the Kerrah Simmental sale in late May.

“That was New Zealand’s best Simmental sale this season. “The Angus sales in Gisborne all achieved a total clearance and better averages in keeping with how the commercial and store cattle market has been throughout New Zealand this year.”

Mr Orr said the top-end bulls on offer once again appealed to Angus stud breeders from throughout New Zealand.

Studmaster Hamish Williams from Turihaua Stud said it had been an outstanding week for East Coast Angus.

“We need years like this and, like last year, to reward breeders for all the work they put into their cattle.

“The highlight for me was to see several studs breaking the $10,000-plus average mark.

“That is quite spectacular and has not been done for an awfully long time.”

The sales in the Gisborne district were again extremely well supported this season by dozens of buyers from throughout the country.

Mr Orr said the stud breeders in this region maintained their position as the leading area in the country for cattle with structural strength and integrity.

“Buyers come here because the Eact Coast is renowned for breeding sound, strong and correct bulls,” Mr Orr said.

“It has certainly been one of the best seasons I have ever seen in this district.

“Congratulations to all the East Coast breeders.”

Neville Clarke from E.J Gordon Livestock, who also carried out auction duties, summed things up when he opened the final sale of the week at Wilencote Herefords at Ngatapa.

“It has been a fabulous week here in paradise and there has been a bull for everyone.

“The week put the East Coast cattle industry on display and our breeders showed off their diversity, strength and belief in their goals . . . and it has been obvious the rest of New Zealand share their wisdom.

“It is easy to buy good cattle off good people.”

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