Early Tararua bull sale reports good prices
One of the earliest Tararua bull sales of the season yielded some pretty fair prices for Hereford bulls from
Nga¯ kouka Stud on the Weber Road, Thursday May 31, according to Carrfields Livestock auctioneer Neville Clark.
Nga¯ kouka Hereford stud was established in
2000 by Bruce and Chrissina Donald — a relatively new operation and only hosting its second on-farm sale.
Already the quality of the breeding is becoming widely recognised with buyers attending from as far away as Gisborne and Martinborough. The genetics, temperament and strong hill country- bred nature of the bulls and heifers is consistently good and it showed in the prices, Mr Clark said. The 15 rising twoyear bulls sold at an average of $5500 with the most sought after bulls going for over $7000. The top bull sold for $8000.
One experienced farmer said there was a bull for every customer’s needs and bidding was strong for the favoured bulls.
A line of 10 rising two-year incalf heifers sold for an average of $1675 but there was not much of a demand. Most buyers were after bulls. A further six rising three-year heifers sold at an average $1866. Bull sales are occurring about the country throughout June.
This big fellow managed by farmer Bruce Donald sold for the top price of $8000.
A crowd of over 60 attended the auction at Mironui woolshed.
These two bulls do not look any different to the inexperienced eye but sold for $4200 and $7000.