Early Tararua bull sale re­ports good prices

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Farming - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

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.

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