New Zealand Herefords president Gray Pannett and his wife Robyn at Limehills Stud, Roxburgh, have again set the early-season price summit with $42,000 paid for Limehills Blast 200468.
The top price was paid by Earnscleugh Station, at nearby Alexandra, and the Limehills average was $10,240 over 59 bulls sold out of 64 offered.
That compared favourably with last year’s $9950 average.
Just $1000 more than they achieved in the 2021 bull selling season, it looks like again being the highest price of the season for a Hereford bull.
Limehills Blast 200468 was bred within the stud and sired by Dynamite 180042 out of Limehills cow 180004.
He had great EBV figures right across the table, topping the carcase characteristics, intramuscular fat and growth rates on a moderate frame.
Lot 19 was sold to Hawkridge Run for $38,000.
In the first of the biggest Angus bull sales of the central North Island, Storth Oaks at Otorohanga sold 69 of 86 offered and averaged $8746, a useful advance on last season’s $7500.
Top price was $22,000 paid by Waiwhero Angus for Storth Oaks R44, followed by $21,000 for Storth Oaks R33, paid by Ruaoki Station.
Stud principal Tim Brittain said competition was strong in the mid-teens price range and three bulls will be registration transferred at $15,000 to $17,000.
On the same day and nearby the Jolly family at Hingaia Angus at Te Awamutu made a top price of $14,000 three times and sold 37 of 43 offered for an average of $7364.
Umbrella Range Angus, at Waikaia, made a top price of $19,000 for UR 20421, sold another bull at $18,000 and two more at $17,000.
Across the full clearance of 28 bulls this gave them a meritorious average of $11,535, substantially more than last year’s average $7027.
Potawa Simmentals sold a bull for $8500 to Te Hape Station and two more for $8000, resulting in the average of $5840 across 15 sold.
Kia Toa Charolais, at Te Kuiti, had a top price of $12,500 paid by the Coogan Family Trust and from a full clearance of 29 the average was $5272.
Peters Angus at Clutha Downs topped the sale with $12,000 twice and had a full clearance of 29 bulls, averaging $7010.
Tarangower Angus at Mahoenui had a top price of $14,500 paid twice and generated an average of $8214
Glenside Simmentals, Lawrence, sold 16 of 28 offered, with a highest price of $12,000 and an average of $6387.
Stoneburn Herefords, Palmerston, sold 24 of 26 offered for an average of $7647 with a top price of $14,000.
At the same sale Waimara Angus sold 25 of 26 offered, averaged $7980 and topped with $18,000 to Pukeatua Station.
Flagstaff Herefords sold 11 of 16 offered, averaged $7181 and had a top of $16,000 paid by Oatley Hill.
Bannockburn Angus sold 11 of 12 with an average of $6569 and a top of $9000 to a commercial farmer.
Beresford Simmentals, Owaka, sold 14 of 17 offered, averaged $6535 and had a top of $10,000 paid by Opawa Simmentals.
Colvend Angus and Shorthorn at Ongarue sold 21 of 25 offered with an average across both breeds of $6042 and a highest price of $11,500 for Angus bull Colvend Big Sky 181.
The combined vendor Hauroko Valley sale resulted in 42 bulls being sold from 49 offered.
Pikoburn Angus, Tuatapere, averaged $8070 with a top price of $13,500.
In the same sale Waiau Herefords averaged of $5550, Pourakino Herefords averaged $6780 and Wainuka South Devons sold a bull at $12,200.