Bull sales ready to generate beefy prices

More than $3 million could change in forthcoming sales.

More than $3 million could change in forthcoming sales.

BIG BULL WEEK: Excitement is building in the cattle fraternity with Bull Week set to start on Monday — three days of Angus sales on-farm and at the Matawhero saleyards. This chap will be among the offering from Tangihau Angus at Rere. “I rate this bull. He has plenty of growth and is very sound. He would offer a lot in a stud herd,” said Tangihau studmaster Dean McHardy. Picture supplied

MORE than $3 million should change hands in the Gisborne district next week as the region’s Angus studs and a couple of the Hereford breeders put up their young bulls for sale over four days.

There will be 365 rising two-year-old Angus bulls and 56 Herefords in the line-up this year.

Across all studs and across all breeds the bull sale season injects $3.5 million into the Gisborne and Wairoa economies.

Kerrah Simmentals at Whakaki got the sales season in this region off to a flying start in late May when the stud sold 80 of the 81 animals on offer, for a good average and a top price of $17,500.

Hain Herefords at Pehiri followed with a solid sale on June 5, a top price of $9200 and an average close to par with last year.

The autumn season has been described as “as good an autumn as we have ever had” and the bulls have flourished in the excellent feed conditions.

“There has been grass for miles,” is the way Turihaua’s Hamish Williams put it.

Auctioneer Bruce Orr believes this will be another very good sales season for Gisborne breeders.

“It has always been an exciting week to be part of and the feed conditions in April and May will have given the bulls a good lift.

“I can now see averages rising here this season because of the better results achieved at bull sales elsewhere.

“Averages have always been good here because East Coast cattle are so sought-after.

“This year they could be even better. Particularly when it comes to the 300-plus commercial bulls on offer, which are the bread and butter as opposed to the bulls sold to stud.”

The sales week attracted a massive turnout from visiting buyers last year and the same can be anticipated this year.

The top price paid last season for a bull from Gisborne was $30,000 for an animal from Rangatira Angus at Muriwai, which sold a record-priced animal for $100,000 the year before.

“Once again there will be a bull for everyone next week, even for those buyers who do not have a lot to spend,” said Neville Clark from EJ Gordon Livestock.

“That is something that local breeders take pride in.

“Along with the fact that buyers keep coming back because of the high bull breeding standards set in this district.”

The Angus sales season starts at the Matawhero saleyards on Monday when the offering from Ratanui Stud at Tolaga Bay goes to auction.

Kaharau Angus sell theirs that afternoon and evening on the farm in Goodwin Road, with the Whangara and Turihaua Angus studs to sell on-farm on Tuesday, then a combined Angus sale at Matawhero next Wednesday.

Mokairau and Wilcencote Herefords sell theirs next Thursday on-farm.

MORE than $3 million should change hands in the Gisborne district next week as the region’s Angus studs and a couple of the Hereford breeders put up their young bulls for sale over four days.

There will be 365 rising two-year-old Angus bulls and 56 Herefords in the line-up this year.

Across all studs and across all breeds the bull sale season injects $3.5 million into the Gisborne and Wairoa economies.

Kerrah Simmentals at Whakaki got the sales season in this region off to a flying start in late May when the stud sold 80 of the 81 animals on offer, for a good average and a top price of $17,500.

Hain Herefords at Pehiri followed with a solid sale on June 5, a top price of $9200 and an average close to par with last year.

The autumn season has been described as “as good an autumn as we have ever had” and the bulls have flourished in the excellent feed conditions.

“There has been grass for miles,” is the way Turihaua’s Hamish Williams put it.

Auctioneer Bruce Orr believes this will be another very good sales season for Gisborne breeders.

“It has always been an exciting week to be part of and the feed conditions in April and May will have given the bulls a good lift.

“I can now see averages rising here this season because of the better results achieved at bull sales elsewhere.

“Averages have always been good here because East Coast cattle are so sought-after.

“This year they could be even better. Particularly when it comes to the 300-plus commercial bulls on offer, which are the bread and butter as opposed to the bulls sold to stud.”

The sales week attracted a massive turnout from visiting buyers last year and the same can be anticipated this year.

The top price paid last season for a bull from Gisborne was $30,000 for an animal from Rangatira Angus at Muriwai, which sold a record-priced animal for $100,000 the year before.

“Once again there will be a bull for everyone next week, even for those buyers who do not have a lot to spend,” said Neville Clark from EJ Gordon Livestock.

“That is something that local breeders take pride in.

“Along with the fact that buyers keep coming back because of the high bull breeding standards set in this district.”

The Angus sales season starts at the Matawhero saleyards on Monday when the offering from Ratanui Stud at Tolaga Bay goes to auction.

Kaharau Angus sell theirs that afternoon and evening on the farm in Goodwin Road, with the Whangara and Turihaua Angus studs to sell on-farm on Tuesday, then a combined Angus sale at Matawhero next Wednesday.

Mokairau and Wilcencote Herefords sell theirs next Thursday on-farm.

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