Hawke's Bay Today

Dannevirke News

Rain key to see weaner price equal last year’s

- Christine McKay

For some vendors, Tuesday’s Dannevirke/Pahiatua weaner sale was a nailbiter as they watched their calves go under the hammer.

The first pen of 20 outstandin­g autumn bull calves made $600 a head, with prices for other lines ranging from $595 down to the mid-$400s. Small pens of two or three calves failed to sell under the hammer at $270.

John and Pat Shannon of Woodville had a nervous wait for their line of 15 spring weaners to make it over their bottom line of $500.

“We’d told the stock agent we weren’t going to sell under $500, because with the ridiculous price of milkpowder, we would have made bugger all,” Pat told the Dannevirke News.

“It seems some vendors took a hammering, but we had our bottom line and we were sticking to it. Of course you want more because a lot of work goes into rearing calves and under $500 a head we would have lost money. We would have taken them home if they hadn’t made that price.”

The Shannons will have more calves in the next sale in a fortnight.

Some lines were passed in at the sale, with stock agents having to work with vendors and buyers to get their required price.

Twenty-five spring calves from a Norsewood vendor were passed in at $510 a head early in the sale, while 30 sold on behalf of Matthew Jackson of Woodville, described by the auctioneer as “absolute quality”, went for $520, while “a cracking pen of calves” from another Woodville vendor were passed in at $490, with the auctioneer adamant they weren’t going to be given away. A pen of 21 Speckled Park cross calves from A and D Capes of Eketahuna were described as “crackers” and sold for $595 a head. PGG Wrightson agent Tim Pickering said the sale was back (pricewise) on last year.

“Prices are behind all over the North Island and until there’s substantia­l rain . . . ” he said.

There were 692 calves in the sale, down on the 800 at this time last year and while the stock presented was very good, vendor expectatio­n of prices was high, agent Bjorn Anderson said.

Buying interest was mainly local, with some Hawke’s Bay purchasers in the market too.

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 ??  ?? Speckled Park cross bulls from A and D Capes of Eketahuna made $595 a head at the first Dannevirke/Pahiatua weaner sale of the season.
Speckled Park cross bulls from A and D Capes of Eketahuna made $595 a head at the first Dannevirke/Pahiatua weaner sale of the season.
 ?? Photos / Christine McKay ?? Five autumn born weaners made $555 a head for their Pongaroa vendor. Carrfields auctioneer­s knock down some of the 692 weaners up for sale in Dannevirke on Tuesday.
Photos / Christine McKay Five autumn born weaners made $555 a head for their Pongaroa vendor. Carrfields auctioneer­s knock down some of the 692 weaners up for sale in Dannevirke on Tuesday.
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