Top line-up in bull sale

Bush Telegraph - - Seven Hills Angus -

Hinewaka will once again of­fer a top line-up of bulls for this year’s Shorthorn bull sale to be held on farm on Wed­nes­day 6 June at 3pm.

The sale is one of the high­lights on the shorthorn sale cal­en­dar as buy­ers from around the coun­try come to Hinewaka to bid on some of the best shorthorns in New Zealand.

This year’s sale bulls in­clude bulls sired by Aus­tralian sire Sprys Patent’s Ace, one of the high­est mus­cled bulls in the breed. Also fea­tur­ing are bulls sired by Sprys on Tar­get. Both bulls are hav­ing a real im­pact on the breed. David is ex­cited about the type of an­i­mals both Ace and Tar­get have sired. They are full of thick­ness and mus­cle, and are the easy-go­ing type suited to New Zealand hill coun­try prop­er­ties.

With the in­crease in dairy­ing and dairy sup­port on the bet­ter class of land in New Zealand, a lot of beef cat­tle breeding op­er­a­tions have been pushed to harder hill coun­try prop­er­ties, and the type of bulls needed for this class of coun­try has changed.

Gone are the big framed, later-ma­tur­ing cat­tle. An ef­fi­cient an­i­mal is mod­er­ate framed, with good early growth, able to fin­ish at 18 to 20 months. Fer­til­ity is the most im­por­tant trait de­ter­min­ing prof­itabil­ity in beef breeding op­er­a­tions.

Shorthorns are one of the best ma­ter­nal breeds of cat­tle and are an ideal breed in cross­breed­ing pro­grammes.

Hinewaka places huge em­pha­sis on the fe­male herd. All heifers have been calved as 2 year olds for the last 30 years. To­day the Hinewaka herd num­bers 150 cows and the best ge­net­ics are sourced from around the world.

David Black­wood uses a lot of Aus­tralian and Cana­dian ge­net­ics as the breed­ers from these coun­tries are very com­mer­cially fo­cused and pro­duce cat­tle sim­i­lar to the type we have in New Zealand.

There are 25 bulls in this year’s sale.

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