Interest keen in first sale of season

JILL GALLOWAY
Last updated 12:00 23/07/2013
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The first dairy calf sale for the season at Manfeild Park in Feilding was strong, with a bench of buyers chasing calves and paying more for them than in previous years.

New Zealand farmers have become more confident in their industry, buoyed by the extra need for animal protein from a growing world population.

Elders Livestock Feilding-based agent Darrin Holm said Monday's sale was the first of the season. It attracted 200 calves, with calving in full swing on many Manawatu dairy farms. Calf sales go until October.

Buyers paid $170 to $210 to get early season bull calves and beef calves were in demand, with one making $245.

Mr Holm said there was a good bench of buyers. "I expect more calves and more buyers next week as farmers get into calving," he said.

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- Manawatu Standard

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