Regular buyer Whāngāra Angus from the east coast travelled north to the Bay of Islands and paid the top price of the two-year-old beef bull sales season so far, $65,000 for Waitangi S257.
Vendor John Bayly said that was a record price for Waitangi Angus, and S257 had excellent calving ease EBVs along with exceptional growth characteristics.
Waitangi’s annual auction resulted in 44 bulls sold out of 53 offered and an average price paid of $9022.
There were post-sale stud transfers to Puketi, Glenwood, Village Farms and Cleardale.
Silverstream Charolais at Lincoln near Christchurch also achieved $65,000 this year, paid for Silverstream Spectra S184 by a trio of Charolais breeders – Hemingford and Twin River in the South Island and Palgrove in Queensland, Australia.
Vendors Brent and Anna Fisher said the second top price was $39,000 for Silverstream Springston S143 sold to Topaki Charolais.
A full clearance of 54 Charolais bulls averaged $11,768 and 12 out of 16 Hereford bulls averaged $7166 with a top of $12,500 paid by Davco Farming.
Also in Canterbury, Sudeley Angus at Leeston made a top price of $50,000 for lot 27, Sudeley S172.
It was purchased by Tangihau Angus, Gisborne.
There were good prices made throughout the catalogue, including $21,000 and three at $20,000, resulting in one of the highest averages of the season so far at $11,946 for 48 sold out of 50 offered.
Elgin Angus at Elsthorpe in Hawke’s Bay also had a high average of $10,210 for 19 bulls sold out of 21 in the catalogue, including a top price of $16,000 and another at $15,500.
Twin Oaks Angus at Te Akau, Waikato, made a top price of $27,000 this year, backed up by several sales in the range $15,000 to $20,000 and achieved an average of $10,833 across 57 sold out of 59 offered.
Nearby Rolling Rock Angus, Te Akau, had a top price of $15,500 and sold 22 out of 23 with an average of $9340.
Dandaleith Angus, Dannevirke, sold 25 out of 29 and averaged $10,140 with a top of $17,000 and several around $15,000 and $14,000.
In Amberley in North Canterbury the Beechwood, Richon and Woodburn Hereford studs combined to sell 23 of 28 and average $7520 with a top price of $18,000 paid for Beechwood Last Stand 210010.
Mokairau Hereford , Gisborne, sold 19 out of 23, averaged 7568 and had a top price of $11,000 paid by Pukeroa Station.
Ōrari Gorge Hereford, Ōrari, sold 19 out of 27, averaged $7083 and had a top price of $13,500.
Hinewaka Shorthorns at Masterton made a top price for $15,500 to Hinewaka Anzac 21/21 and sold 14 out of 18 with an average of $6180.
Up the road at Waipukurau, Glen Anthony Simmentals made a top price of $14,500 twice while selling 19 out of 20 and averaging $7658. The top prices were paid by Waikite Simmentals, Rotorua, and a commercial buyer at Taumarunui.
Ranui Angus at Kai Iwi, near Whanganui, made a top price of $21,000 and sold 30 out of 39, averaging $7850.
Mt Mable Angus, Kumeroa, sold 27 out of 30 offered, averaged $10,200 and topped at $21,000 of Mt Mable 2128.
Mt Possession Angus, Mt Somers, had a full clearance of 19 bulls, averaged $7700 and had a top price paid of $11,500.
Martin Farming Angus and Hereford, at Wakefield, Nelson, had a top price of $20,000 for Angus bull Aswan 2991 and sold 32 of 33 offered with an average of $8375.
Cleardale Angus, Rakaia Gorge, sold 23 out of 29, averaged $7652 and had a top of $14,500.
Riverlands J Angus, at Cheviot, sold 14 out of 19, averaged $7570 and made $11,000 twice.
Grassmere Hereford sold 11 out of 15, averaged $6818 and had a high price of $9500.
Maungahina Hereford and Speckle Park, Masterton, sold 29 of the 31 Herefords, averaged $9658 and the top price of $23,000 for Fandango 210048 was paid by Roundaway Station.
In the Speckle Park bulls a full clearance of 13 averaged $8115 and the top price of $18,000 was paid by Ben Murphy and Tony Trainor. Ten three-year-old in-calf SP heifers were also sold and averaged $6590 with a top of $8200.
Ipurua South Devons, Te Kūiti, sold 12 of 25 with a top of $7500 and an average of $4500.
Stokman Angus, Waikite Valley, sold eight of 16, averaged $5325 and had a top of $7000 twice.
Glen R Angus, Darfield, sold 18 of 27, averaged $6250 and topped out at $9000 three times.
Brookwood Angus, Takapau, sold 9 of 20, averaged $7611 and had a top of $10,000.
Snake Gully Limousins, Northland, had a full clearance of 18 bulls, averaged $5533 and had a top of $9000.
Correction: An earlier version of this article indicated that Silverstream Spectra S184 was bought by a trio of Australian businesses. This was incorrect.