Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Waipiri cows go nationwide

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The Fullerton family at Waipiri Holsteins in Waikato sold 85 dairy cattle, with leading genetics to all parts of New Zealand to reset the business to the next generation.
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The average price made at the June 17 auction was $7400, across cows, in-calf heifers, young heifers and some embryos.

David and Pip are making way for their sons Alex and Dean on the 300ha Ngahinapouri farm, milking 650 cows, which has been Fullerton family-owned since 1903.

After multiple wins in the past four years, it seemed the right time to market most of their show team.

Top price was $27,000, paid by Waikato breeder Andrew Dreadon, Valendale, for rising five-year Waipiri Mogul Kristy, at the end of her third lactation and in calf to Moovin.

She did 9875 litres and 750kg milksolids over 289 days in the most recent lactation and was described in the Waipiri catalogue as perhaps the hottest cow in the country.

Next highest was $23,500, paid by Mark Rowlands, Taranaki, for Waipiri Shottle Finsco, a two-year-old heifer due to calve in mid-July to Stanton’s Chief.

Third highest was $21,000 for Waipiri Sidekick Suri, a two-year-old heifer, also carrying a Stanton’s Chief calf, sold to Canterbury.

David said the highlights of the sale included the $10,200 average paid for the 28 in-calf heifers sold, including Finsco and Suri, as buyers chased the cattle closest to profit.

Buyers came from all over the country, most combining a trip to the National Fieldays, and Fullerton estimated there were 300-400 in attendance.

All of the cattle sold to South Island farmers have been trucked south already and the remainder are booked to go to all parts of the North Island.

Guest vendors Warren and Michelle Ferguson averaged $5417 for their six Ferdon Jersey lots, with a top of $7500 paid for the Ferdon Apple Verbena heifer.

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