Sunday, August 14, 2022

Bull sales end with real momentum

Matariki Holiday at Fairlie, South Canterbury, saw the highest price of the 2022 two-year bull sale season – $92,500 for the Angus bull Meadowslea R705.

The star of the catalogue was sold by the Giddings family to the Kjestrup family of Wairarapa.

Three other stud transfers were lot 1 to Red Oak Angus for $19,500, lot 4 to Jade Park Angus in Australia for $23,500 and lot 54 to Willowstone Angus for $9000.

Meadowslea sold 62 out of 71 offered and averaged $9800, which was $500 more than last year.

The previous day Stern Angus at Pleasant Point sold 94 out of 96 offered, averaged $11,300 and grossed just over $1 million for the second time.

The top-priced bull was Stern 20258, which sold to the Dandaleith Stud.

Stern principal James Fraser said there was very strong support from new and existing customers around the country and the volume buyers were Lamb Hill Station and Black Rock Station taking home four each.

Te Mania Angus, Parnassus, sold 116 out of 126 offered and the average was $10,150, nearly $2000 up on 2021.

Top price for Te Mania was $54,000 paid for R300 by a collaboration of three breeders; Fossil Creek, Stokman and Ardrossan of Australia.

Will Wilding said the Te Mania crew were very happy with the auction outcome and the second-highest price for that stud.

Staying in the region, Taimate Angus at Ward had a complete clearance of 78 bulls and averaged $11,833, also $2000 higher than last year.

Shian Angus from central North Island paid the top price of $52,000 for Taimate R14.

Seven Hills Angus, Eketahuna, sold 41 out of 61, had an average of $7195 and a top of $12,500.

Ratanui Angus, Wairoa, kicked off the East Coast bull sales by achieving a full clearance of 28, averaging $11,678, nearly $2000 up on last year, and a top price of $20,000 paid by Turiroa Angus.

Turiroa Angus, Wairoa, peaked at $50,000 paid for Turiroa 20R439 by Grampians Angus and $40,000 paid for 20R430 by Ratanui Angus.

The Turiroa average was $11,307 across a full clearance of 52 bulls sold.

Orere Angus, Gisborne, had a full clearance of 12, averaged a very creditable $15,583 and sold at $65,000 to Kenhardt Angus.

Kenhart also teamed up with Hallmark Angus to pay $62,000 for R49 at the Turihaua Angus sale of the Williams family, believed to be somewhere close to the one-hundredth auction on the iconic property.

Top price for the afternoon was $72,000 paid by Oregon Angus for lot 3, R27.

Turihaua sold all 69 bulls offered and averaged $13,376, which was well ahead of last year’s $9285.

On Monday of the East Coast sale week Tangihau Angus had a sell-out of 41 bulls, averaging $14,463 and consistency showed when only seven bulls didn’t make $10,000.

A black Angus bull in a field.
Young stud masters Tom Sanson and Andrew Cribb have topped the East Coast Angus bull sales this year with $92,000 paid for Whangara 330.

Top price was $72,000 for Tangihau R205, by Stern 15815, and the purchaser was Cricklewood Angus.

Lot 3 sold for $45,000 to Brookwood Station and the last lot of the sale went for $11,500, donated by Tangihau to the Surfing for Farmers programme.

Kaharau Angus followed with 62 sold from 64 offered and an average of $12,500.

The comparison with last year was down $3000 because of the record-breaking $105,000 bull sold in 2021.

To mark 65 years of breeding their top price this year was $65,000 paid by Ratanui Angus for Kaharau R359, by Turihaua Legion M228.

Whangara Angus had a sale out of the box by achieving $92,000 for Whangara 330, paid by Blair Crawshaw at Tawa Hills Angus, Motu.

Therefore the sale average was $10,714 over 28 bulls sold, which was $3000 up on last year.

Kenhardt Angus sold 45 out of 46 and averaged $9400 with a top price of $15,000 paid twice.

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