Herefords will have their day at next Bull Week

RED CATTLE DAY: Two of the region’s Hereford studs will present their 2018 crop of R2 bulls for sale next Thursday. Mokairau (pictured above) and Wilencote (left/right) will put up 66 between them. The Hain family got the Hereford stud bull sales off to a positive start earlier this month with a near-sellout and a better average than last year. Pictures supplied
Wilencote

The red cattle have their day in Bull Week next Thursday when Wilencote and Mokairau Hereford studs put up their crop of rising-two-year-old bulls for sales in on-farm auctions.

Each of the studs will present 33 young bulls for sale next week.

“This has been one of the better seasons we have had for a while. It has been amazing up to now,” said Peter Humphreys from Wilencote.

“I think we have one of our strongest line ups of commercially focused bulls. “They hit the core values of cattle breeding, where functionality is the big driver to adding value to clients who know the up side to quiet, sound, fertile animals that are well balanced in those desirable traits and will add money to their bottom line.”

Wilencote cattle have always been bred and run entirely on medium hill country.

“Our feature sire is Okawa Panda, who although he is no longer with us, has done a great job in helping us meet some of these targets,” Peter said.

“He is a trait for milk and scrotal size, with well above average growth figures.

“There is no doubt he has left cattle that are not only well figured but are strong and solid with plenty of grunt for East Coast hill county.”

Peter and Susie look forward to welcoming everyone on sale day next Thursday afternoon.

“Fingers crossed for an improvement in the weather but for that there are no guarantees.”

The team at Mokairau Stud at Whangara have likewise been well pleased with the way their lineup have come through to the sales season.

“We’ve had the grass for them, and are very happy with how they have come through,” said studmaster Peter Reeves.

Mokairau Farm Ltd showed itself off brilliantly during the Hill Country Farmer of the Year field day last month.

It was hit by the Queens Birthday weekend flood event but the bulls have come through that OK.

“Of course, they are hardy Herefords.”

“There’s a bit of silt lying in their paddock and they have loved playing in it,” Christine Reeves said.

The stud’s cattle are selected on structural soundness, easy finishing and other breed attributes like temperament fertility, longevity and eye appeal.

Breed plan estimated breeding values (EBVs) and fertility data provides them with an objective measurement of and a guide to commercially important traits.

Peter and Christine and their family will sell their lineup from 10.30am next Thursday morning on their on-farm rostrum.

The red cattle have their day in Bull Week next Thursday when Wilencote and Mokairau Hereford studs put up their crop of rising-two-year-old bulls for sales in on-farm auctions.

Each of the studs will present 33 young bulls for sale next week.

“This has been one of the better seasons we have had for a while. It has been amazing up to now,” said Peter Humphreys from Wilencote.

“I think we have one of our strongest line ups of commercially focused bulls. “They hit the core values of cattle breeding, where functionality is the big driver to adding value to clients who know the up side to quiet, sound, fertile animals that are well balanced in those desirable traits and will add money to their bottom line.”

Wilencote cattle have always been bred and run entirely on medium hill country.

“Our feature sire is Okawa Panda, who although he is no longer with us, has done a great job in helping us meet some of these targets,” Peter said.

“He is a trait for milk and scrotal size, with well above average growth figures.

“There is no doubt he has left cattle that are not only well figured but are strong and solid with plenty of grunt for East Coast hill county.”

Peter and Susie look forward to welcoming everyone on sale day next Thursday afternoon.

“Fingers crossed for an improvement in the weather but for that there are no guarantees.”

The team at Mokairau Stud at Whangara have likewise been well pleased with the way their lineup have come through to the sales season.

“We’ve had the grass for them, and are very happy with how they have come through,” said studmaster Peter Reeves.

Mokairau Farm Ltd showed itself off brilliantly during the Hill Country Farmer of the Year field day last month.

It was hit by the Queens Birthday weekend flood event but the bulls have come through that OK.

“Of course, they are hardy Herefords.”

“There’s a bit of silt lying in their paddock and they have loved playing in it,” Christine Reeves said.

The stud’s cattle are selected on structural soundness, easy finishing and other breed attributes like temperament fertility, longevity and eye appeal.

Breed plan estimated breeding values (EBVs) and fertility data provides them with an objective measurement of and a guide to commercially important traits.

Peter and Christine and their family will sell their lineup from 10.30am next Thursday morning on their on-farm rostrum.

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