Bull Week 2019 record will take some beating

Great result: Tangihau Angus from Rere set a new Australasian record-high average in their electric on-farm sale on Monday, and Lot 1 (pictured here with studmaster Dean McHardy) set the ball rolling when he sold for $86,000 to Rangatira Stud on Coventry Station at Muriwai. Picture supplied

Tangihau Angus at Rere not only sold the top-priced bull in New Zealand this season to date on Monday, it also produced the best ever Australasian average for Angus cattle.

Rangatira Angus set the new top mark when it bought Lot 1 for $86,000 in Tangihau’s first on-farm sale.

The stud’s average of $20,900 across 23 bulls sold was stunning.

But it was hardly surprising when the stud sold the $86,000 bull, and others for $62,000, $42,000, $28,000 and $24,000.

“It’s great for the stud to achieve a record like this and have so many people buying into the Tangihau genetics,” studmaster Dean McHardy said.

There was real excitement when word of the new record-high average was confirmed later in the week.

“The only stud that will ever beat it is Tangihau,” was how another stud breeder put it.

The only other breed to beat the Tangihau Angus record involved a sale of some Brahman bulls in Australia, where the average was $26,000.

Otherwise, the Tangihau result would have been an Australasian all-breeds record as well.

Angus Bull Week itself was a resounding success.

Charlie Dowding from Rangatira Angus said there had been a lot of bulls to sell during the week.

“There was a lot for people to choose from and I think it has worked very well.”

Neville Clark, who auctioned off most of the 400-plus cattle to sell during the week, said, after the final bull sale at Wilencote Herefords on Thursday afternoon: “It’s been a great week . . . Red or black, we’re all here together.

“The week has had a really good impact on the Gisborne economy, the beef farmers and everyone involved.”

The Angus studs realised more than $4.16 million in total.

The Hereford studs chimed in with $694,000 and the Simmental stud with $581,000.

Combined, that gives a total R2 bull sale figure for the region this year of $5.435 million, up on 2018.

“A lot of people came from out of town this week and saw what makes Gisborne what it is,” Mr Clark said.

“The numbers sold, the top New Zealand price, the fantastic new record average at Tangihau and so on all speaks volumes for what we’re doing here with our cattle.”

Long-time former auctioneer and former PGG Wrightson national genetics manager Bruce Orr said the new sales format worked a treat.

“It worked seamlessly the way it was structured.

“I thought a couple of months ago that we might have too many bulls to sell, that the market might have softened a bit because of the numbers,” he said.

“But that did not come to fruition. What great results.

“It’s huge confirmation, a further tick of approval from the rest of New Zealand, for the continued quality of Gisborne beef genetics, irrespective of breeds,” Mr Orr said.

“That is clearly shown by the number of bulls sold to stud this week.”

Pat Watson from Waimata Angus came back into the bull sales scene this week after a break of eight years.

“It’s been great to be back because it’s not just about the cattle — it’s about meeting old friends, meeting people I haven’t seen for years. I’ve loved it.”

Last word on the week from one of the visiting Australian cattlemen, who put it perfectly when he said: “In Australia we have a saying, ‘Good people breed good cattle’. That’s what you’ve got here.”

Enough said.

Well done to everyone involved in Bull Week 2019.

Tangihau Angus at Rere not only sold the top-priced bull in New Zealand this season to date on Monday, it also produced the best ever Australasian average for Angus cattle.

Rangatira Angus set the new top mark when it bought Lot 1 for $86,000 in Tangihau’s first on-farm sale.

The stud’s average of $20,900 across 23 bulls sold was stunning.

But it was hardly surprising when the stud sold the $86,000 bull, and others for $62,000, $42,000, $28,000 and $24,000.

“It’s great for the stud to achieve a record like this and have so many people buying into the Tangihau genetics,” studmaster Dean McHardy said.

There was real excitement when word of the new record-high average was confirmed later in the week.

“The only stud that will ever beat it is Tangihau,” was how another stud breeder put it.

The only other breed to beat the Tangihau Angus record involved a sale of some Brahman bulls in Australia, where the average was $26,000.

Otherwise, the Tangihau result would have been an Australasian all-breeds record as well.

Angus Bull Week itself was a resounding success.

Charlie Dowding from Rangatira Angus said there had been a lot of bulls to sell during the week.

“There was a lot for people to choose from and I think it has worked very well.”

Neville Clark, who auctioned off most of the 400-plus cattle to sell during the week, said, after the final bull sale at Wilencote Herefords on Thursday afternoon: “It’s been a great week . . . Red or black, we’re all here together.

“The week has had a really good impact on the Gisborne economy, the beef farmers and everyone involved.”

The Angus studs realised more than $4.16 million in total.

The Hereford studs chimed in with $694,000 and the Simmental stud with $581,000.

Combined, that gives a total R2 bull sale figure for the region this year of $5.435 million, up on 2018.

“A lot of people came from out of town this week and saw what makes Gisborne what it is,” Mr Clark said.

“The numbers sold, the top New Zealand price, the fantastic new record average at Tangihau and so on all speaks volumes for what we’re doing here with our cattle.”

Long-time former auctioneer and former PGG Wrightson national genetics manager Bruce Orr said the new sales format worked a treat.

“It worked seamlessly the way it was structured.

“I thought a couple of months ago that we might have too many bulls to sell, that the market might have softened a bit because of the numbers,” he said.

“But that did not come to fruition. What great results.

“It’s huge confirmation, a further tick of approval from the rest of New Zealand, for the continued quality of Gisborne beef genetics, irrespective of breeds,” Mr Orr said.

“That is clearly shown by the number of bulls sold to stud this week.”

Pat Watson from Waimata Angus came back into the bull sales scene this week after a break of eight years.

“It’s been great to be back because it’s not just about the cattle — it’s about meeting old friends, meeting people I haven’t seen for years. I’ve loved it.”

Last word on the week from one of the visiting Australian cattlemen, who put it perfectly when he said: “In Australia we have a saying, ‘Good people breed good cattle’. That’s what you’ve got here.”

Enough said.

Well done to everyone involved in Bull Week 2019.

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