A packed gallery of buyers from mostly Canterbury, Otago and Southland stations bid aggressively for 94 bulls offered at the Stern Angus stud annual auction.
The top-priced bull, Stern 15, was bought last week by Turihaua stud Gisborne for $16,000 and a record 92 bulls sold for an average of $7700. Prices ranged from $3500 to $14,000 for top commercial bulls.
Sale day judge Brent Fisher, of Silverstream Charolais, said he was impressed with the strength of the cattle offered and the evenness throughout the catalogue.
His first-placed bull sold for $14,000 to John and Jos Bayly, from Waitangi Angus stud in Northland.
Stud principal James Fraser said he was humbled by the support from regular and new clients
"I was happy with the volume, bone and fleshing of the bulls and I'm very pleased with the result," he said. "The bulls have gone to an impressive range of properties and stations. We look forward to seeing their progeny come through the calf sales and fattening programmes."
Three bulls tied for the top price of $12,500 at the Woodbank Angus bull sale in the Clarence Valley.
Stud owner John Murray said the three-way tie was the highlight of a successful bull sale last week, particularly as they were sold to high-profile studs.
The same price of $12,500 was paid for Woodbank 2115 by James Fraser, of Stern Angus stud in South Canterbury, and other Woodbank bulls in this category went to Grant Crawshaw, of Kenhart Angus from Wairoa, and Dan Ramsden, of Moanaroa Angus from Hawke's Bay.
The sale ended with 58 bulls sold and five passed in for a $6357 average price.
Local support was evident with only five bulls sold outside of the Marlborough and North Canterbury area.
Murray said the main buyers were Bluff Station, from Kekerengu, and Willesden, on Banks Peninsula, which bought four bulls and Dave Mckenzie, of Montrose from Culverden, took home three bulls.
Strong bidding resulted in a record average price of $6050 for 52 hill country angus bulls at the Meadowslea Angus bull sale in Fairlie.
Of the four stud bulls sold, the bull commanding the top price of $13,000 went to Glanworth Angus Stud in Wairarapa and others to Hillcroft stud Waikato and Puke-Nui Stud in Taumarunui and Piko-Burn stud in Tuatapere.
Stud owner David Giddings said a record crowd attended, with widespread interest from both stud and commercial buyers.
He said the big high country stations competed strongly with North Island buyers for the "thick meaty" commercial bulls.
The bulk of the buyers were from the Mackenzie country, with competition from Banks Peninsula, Otago and Southland.
- The Press