First cat­tle fetch­ing sound prices


It was pretty much a sea of black at the first Dan­nevirke Cat­tle Fair of the sea­son on Novem­ber 8.

A to­tal of 709 cat­tle went un­der the ham­mer, reach­ing sound prices on a par with other re­cent sales.

PGG Wrightson Man­ager and auc­tion­eer Bjorn An­der­son said top cat­tle were pre­sented which made good money and the rest were nicely bred. They were pre­dom­i­nantly An­gus and An­gus/Here­ford X with some top Red Devon steers and heifers and a few Charo­lais and Sim­men­tal.

Buy­ing for the year­ling steers came pre­dom­i­nantly from Tararua farm­ers with Manawatu¯ and Wairarapa tak­ing the ma­jor­ity of two-year-old steers. Bjorn says farm­ers are cau­tious about buy­ing with the pos­si­bil­ity of drought loom­ing.

Th­ese Te Tumu Sta­tion Red Devon year­ling steers from Aki­tio reached the top price of $1210/head.

Year­ling heifers like th­ese were less in de­mand but the top price reached $1115/head.

Th­ese other year­ling steers av­er­aged out at $1100/head.

An im­pres­sive lineup of two-year-old steers av­er­aged $1550/head.

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