Marlborough stud breeders put their best angus bulls under the hammer at the Blenheim Bull sale.
PGG Wrightson Ltd auctioned 21 angus bulls at the 51st annual bull sale at the Marlborough Saleyards at Riverlands yesterday.
The studs were from three breeders: Andy and Michelle Peter of Brackenfield Angus Studs, Charles and Claire Waddy of Waterfall near Seddon and Ben and Nadine Maisey of Blacknight Angus on Opouri Rd, Rai Valley.
Nineteen of the 21 bulls sold with only two returning home unsold. The two highest bids were two $7000 sales for Brackenfield bulls.
Third-time vendors Ben and Nadine Maisey of Blacknight Angus had their best auction yet selling all six of their bulls.
Their top bull sold for $6500.
Nadine Maisey said raising bulls was a family business and having young children on the farm made their nature very important.
"Bulls can be very comical and strong willed. Our lot six, or bull 351 to us, is a good natured young bull and definitely one of my favourites," she said.
Their bulls are in paddocks together and if one had a problem, Maisey had a simple solution: "You're steak if you keep it up buddy."
She said it was great to have sold all their studs: "You bring all your best studs to sell and you can't help but feel despondent if they don't sell," she said.
Taimate Angus also had their annual Bull Sale yesterday just south of Seddon in their newly-built complex, with 39 bulls going under the hammer.
Stud breeder Paul Hickman said they were excited about this year's line up of bulls and were pleased to be hosting the sale in their new complex. They also had van Asch Buttergill South Devon bulls on auction.
- The Marlborough Express