Ma­jor price for stud here­ford from Okawa

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY - By GER­ALD PID­DOCK

It’s a record-priced bovine that is, in the words of its pur­chaser, ‘‘the com­plete bull’’.

Called Okawa Ma­jor, the here­ford bull was re­cently bought by Waikato stud breed­ers Bruce and Pip Robin­son for $55,000 from David Mor­row’s Okawa Stud in Mid Can­ter­bury in early June.

That price set a na­tional record for here­ford sales in 2014.

The Robin­sons will use the bull on their farm, the Kokonga Here­ford Stud for many years to come.

The Robin­sons bought the bull from David Mor­row’s Okawa Stud in Mid Can­ter­bury in June.

‘‘It’s got plenty of length and it will grow into a de­cent bull and it’s got car­cass as well.

‘‘He’s ev­ery­thing we want in a bull and ev­ery­thing we want to breed in a bull. Ev­ery time I see him, the more I like him,’’ Pip Robin­son said.

The fa­ther and son’s stud farm is in the Waikaretu Val­ley on the North Is­land’s west coast, west of Huntly. It is 1296 hectares and farms 3500 ewes, 1100 cat­tle along with their 130 cow breed­ing herd.

Its es­ti­mated breed­ing val­ues, which are used as a guide by farm­ers when they pur­chase a bull, were also out­stand­ing.

There was also a lot of in­ter­est in the bull among here­ford breed­ers ahead of its sale and bid­ding was com­pet­i­tive when it was put un­der the ham­mer, es­pe­cially from Hawke’s Bay here­ford stud, Glen­brae Farm.

‘‘I thought we might have knocked them out at $40,000 but they kept go­ing right up to $50,000. It was very keenly con­tested,’’ Robin­son said.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter it was bought, Robin­son had re­quests from other breed­ers to sell the bull’s se­men and Mor­row re­tained 100 se­men straws to use in his own herd.

It also had amaz­ing pedi­gree com­ing from, in Robin­son’s opinion, the best herd of here­ford cat­tle in New Zealand.

‘‘You buy with con­fi­dence from David Mor­row,’’ he said.

Mor­row’s ge­netic pre­fix (stud name) was in bulls all over the coun­try and in cow herds in the South Is­land.

‘‘He’s just a fan­tas­tic op­er­a­tor,’’ Robin­son said.

‘‘His phi­los­o­phy on cat­tle is what we want to mir­ror. He’s got a real fo­cus on his cow herd.’’

‘‘He’s got high milk­ing cows and high fer­til­ity.

‘‘It should rear great calves which turn into great bulls.

‘‘He’s do­ing that and he’s done it.’’ – Fair­fax NZ

Photo: SUP­PLIED

A LOT OF BULL: This here­ford bull, Okawa Ma­jor, was bought for $55,000 by Bruce and Pip Robin­son.

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