The 21st Annual Snake Gully Sale was held last Tuesday at Maungakaramea, Northland (NZ). Held for the first time on the home farm of Natalie & David Roberts rather at the local saleyards, visitors were hosted in the new covered selling facility completed only the previous day.
The large gallery of buyers appreciated the quality of the 17 bulls on offer with all but one selling under the hammer. Evident were the number of loyal commercial buyers attending who regularly return to purchase Snake Gully bulls.
Top price of $10,500 went to Lot 5, a French Pure, sired by Bolide (UK) and out of a dam awarded elite status by Limousin NZ. The successful buyer was Mangatawhiri Limousin (H & D Kroef) for use in this French Pure stud. The bull was keenly sought after due to his excellent disposition, structure and capacity.
Second highest price went to Lot 4 at $9,000. This impressive bull caught the eye of a number of prospective buyers for his genuine thickness and size. He was purchased by the Glencairn stud (R & J Johnstone) at Outram. The bull’s bloodlines include Wulfs Xcellsior (sire) and Premier Dauphin (maternal grand-sire).
$7,500 was paid for Lot 12 by a local commercial buyer. This bull was sired by Snake Gully Expensive, a bull imported from Australia a few years ago as a yearling [according to Dannie he was aptly named!]. Expensive is from Premier bloodlines with the maternal grand-sire of Lot 12 being Highlander.
In all the bull sale averaged a very pleasing $4600. The interest of buyers is indicative of the strong beef market in New Zealand at present.
The sale also included 13 females, mainly mated heifers, and interest was strong for these will a full clearance and a strong average of around $2,400.
Top price of $4,200 went to Lot 18, an impressive ROMN Tow Truck daughter and out of a dam sired by Wilodge Tonka. This heifer had been mated to Greensons Howlett, a new AI sire privately imported by the O’Sheas.
Second highest price of $3,050 went to the same buyer for a Bolide daughter (s: Ionesco). This heifer had been mated to Froghollow X-Man.
The large gallery enjoyed the customary hospitality of the Roberts & O’Sheas with Limousin steak and shellfish patties being cooked over a very large BBQ. It was a very positive sale and suggests Limousin is starting to regain its rightful position in the NZ meat industry.