Good Here­fords for sale

Bush Telegraph - - Bull Sales 2018 - By STEVE CARLE´

Koanui Polled Here­fords are de­lighted with the of­fer­ing they have for sale this year.

They are pleased with the strength of the bulls, con­sis­tency from top to bot­tom and bal­anced per­for­mance.

“There is a very strong data set to go with them which is en­cour­ag­ing. It’s the ge­net­ics that make up the pedi­gree of the an­i­mals from good per­form­ing blood lines across all traits. There’s a bal­anced set of per­for­mance data,” says Chris Ch­ester­man who op­er­ates the stud along with his wife, Jen­nifer, and fa­ther Fred.

From Have­lock North, the Ch­ester­mans (the fourth gen­er­a­tion) have been breeding Here­ford cat­tle about 45 years. With 750 breeding cows, it’s one of the largest recorded herds of all breeds in New Zealand.

The show­piece of the year is their an­nual bull sale of 2-year-old bulls on June 14. It’s one of the big­gest Here­ford sales in New Zealand and some­thing they spe­cialise in.

“With the num­ber of breeding cows it gives us tremen­dous depth of se­lec­tion,” says Chris. “Our sales are mainly trans­fers to other pure-bred breed­ers and com­mer­cial breed­ers who are re­peat buy­ers.

“We bought the top-priced bull at the na­tional bull sale last year — that’s not a one-off at all. We had the third high­est priced bull in New Zealand at our own sale.” With 60 bulls on of­fer, buy­ers from all around New Zealand are given a tremen­dous se­lec­tion.

Koanui sale lot 3 up for auc­tion last year.

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