South Canterbury herefords score highly at Beef Expo
South Canterbury herefords were on the money at the Beef Expo with several studs featuring in awards and sales.
Matatoki Hereford Stud's Matatoki Oklahoma 1529 was judged to be supreme hereford bull and sold for $17,000 to Capethorn Hereford.
Merrylea Hereford sold Merrylea Flash to Haldon Station for $20,000. Orari Gorge Hereford and Okawa Hereford also sold bulls for good money.
Matatoki Hereford Stud owners Paul and Fiona Scott said they were thrilled with the win and the price paid for their bull.
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"We chose to enter this bull because his sire is Monymusk Grenade which we introduced into the herd five years ago. The animal displays all the attributes I think the beef industry should be looking for. Good structure for on-farm performance, good carcass traits with positive fat, reasonable marbling and good growth.
"We put a lot of store on [estimated breeding values (EBVs)]. When you are in the stud game you can't ignore either the EBVs or the physical appearance of the bull. Everything has to line up to get the progress that you want."
Matatoki Stud was initiated by the Scotts in 2006. They moved from the North Island to South Canterbury in 2008, bringing the stud with them and a small number of cows. They have since increased cow numbers to 110.
The Scotts have an online bull sale via the PGG Wrightson's Agonline online auction on May 30.
"We have some good genetics coming through as we have invested heavily in some industry leading bulls," Paul said. "We have weaner calves on the ground by Monymusk Gallant and Waikaka Skytower, both very prominent bulls in the hereford industry.
"We are trying something a bit different with the selling method. At this stage, we aren't big enough for our own farm sale. We are trying to find a niche with a helmsman auction that can deliver really good value to the buyer. In our mind, if people are happy to do a bit of research prior to sale day they can save themselves a lot of money, especially the commercial farmer."
The highest price at the Beef Expo went to Chris and Amanda Jeffries from Cheviot, who sold Grassmere Gallant 152 for $40,000 to Koanui Polled Hereford Stud in Hawke's Bay. Gallant's sire was Monymusk Gallant bought for $71,000, initially in a syndicate in 2013 from the Douglas family at Te Anau.
"It was the highest-priced bull for that season," said Chris Jeffries. "Last year was the first year we had Gallant progeny to sell and we sold one for $42,000 which was the highest price across all the breeds. We'll see if $40,000 will stay the top for this season."
The average price for hereford bulls at the expo was $14,083 but the sale list included sizeable price tags. Otapawa Admiral was sold by the Robbie family for $32,000 to the Glenbrae Hereford Stud. Okahu X Factor was sold to Matthew and Luke Swann for $30,000. Monymusk Knight was sold to Murray and Fiona Curtis for $26,000 and Merrylea Flash was sold by the McKerchar family to Haldon Station for $20,000.
The New Zealand Hereford Association was thrilled with the sale, general manager Posy Moody said.
"We had a high average last year ($11,900) and it was higher again this year."