Twenty bulls were presented for sale at the 18th Annual North Island Bull Sale near Morrinsville (NZ) on Tuesday 5 June. 26 bulls entered the North Island bull evaluation trial last October and the vigorous testing regime reduced this number to 20 by sale time. Despite adverse weather, a pleasing number of stud and commercial buyers attended. The umbrellas and wet weather gear did not prevent buyers from pulling their hands out of their pockets to bid.
Top price of $8000 was paid for Lot 2, an apricot son of Mandayen Vision Y329 bred by Daryl & Jan Bott and purchased by Stephen & Belinda Clearwater for stud use. This bull had exceptional length with a very nice top line and was supported by an impressive set of EBVs.
Second highest price at $7200 was Lot 8, bred by Kevin & Marion Wickens and purchased by repeat commercial buyer G Crombie (photo above). This bull was assessed 1st place in the trial and impressed with his thickness and nice top line. Both his sire and dam are from Snake Gully bloodlines.
Kevin & Marion Wickens then paid the third top price of $4800 for Lot 12. Bred by Erik & Lyn van der Velden (Ag Farming Ltd) this bull impressed with his softness and easy calving shoulders. He was sired by Mandayen Guardian A488.
Overall 17 bulls sold for an average price of $3438 with the organisers declaring it a success.
Special thanks must go to James & Leigh Needham who hosted and managed the trial on their beautiful property for the first time, and also to Liz Maslin who worked so hard as Convenor.