“We had a total clearance, except one, of our 28 venison high-BV animals and it was a strong part of the sale,” Porter said.
“In the velvet and trophy side some of the heads were outstanding but we’re still not well known for this. Next year, as part of our promotion, we’ll be targeting buyers looking for velvet and big trophy heads.”
Nationally deer sale results were on a par with last year.
“Overall it’s been a good result and most of the animals at the higher-quality end sold well,” PGG Wrightson deer stud coordinator Graham Kinsman said.
The total Red deer offering was down slightly because of the dispersal of a couple of studs, and the top prices were for animals with both velvet and excellent trophy head potential, he said.
Of the almost 700 Red stags offered at PGW deer sales 80% sold and the average price was $5174.
Canes Deer, Stanfields Red Deer, Deer Genetics and Brock Deer had particularly strong sales, achieving average prices of $8500-12,000-plus. Canes Deer also achieved the season’s top price, of $62,000, for a three-year-old by Odysseus, which was sold to Foveran Deer.
At the seven Wapiti bull sales there was almost a total clearance of the 199 on offer and they sold at an average price of $4253. In a repeat of last year Tikana made the top price of $22,000, for a three-year-old by Kobe, which was sold to Raincliff Station.