Consistently high quality
A six-year-old Taimate angus Piko Burn bull fetched the top price of $9500 at yesterday's bull sale at the Taimate property near Ward.
The bull went to a farm in Palmerston, in the Waitaki District, and was one of 38 sold at the afternoon auction.
PGG Wrightson livestock manager Peter Barnes said the average price of the 38 bulls that sold from the 41 on offer was $4300 .
Richard and Arnold van Asch, of Burtergill Stud, sold five south devons at an average price of $4100, with a top price of $7500.
Mr Barnes said he was happy with the clearance rate, which was slightly better than average.
"Taimate had a very good clearance of bulls to a large gallery of buyers from throughout the South Island," he said.
The 49th annual bull sale took place at Riverlands in Blenheim earlier in the day, with an angus bull bred by Brackenfield Stud selling for the top price of $7500 to Richmond Brook Station, in Seddon. The bull, bred by Dashwood couple Andy and Michelle Peter, was one of 10 Brackenfield bulls sold at yesterday's auction, with an average return of $5160.
A total of 18 bulls were sold at the Blenheim sale, including six Waterfall angus bulls bred by Charles and Clare Waddy, of Seddon, and two Blacknight angus bulls by new vendors Ben and Nadine Maisey, of Rai Valley.
The Waterfall angus ranged in price from $3500 to $5700, with an average return of $4400, while the Blacknight Stud sold two for $4000 and $3700.
Mr Barnes said all the animals were sold to well established farms throughout the Marlborough region.
"We are very happy with the quality of the bulls on sale.
"It was a consistent high quality right through the catalogue," he said.
The Marlborough Express