Heightened interest in beef and particularly the “natural” growth promotant, Limousin, were reflected in a very successful North Island Limousin Breeders’ Bull Trial Sale. Not only were there more people at the 22nd annual bull trial sale but there were also more buyers. The weather was fine and hospitality top rate.
Top price $7,200 was achieved by a Huntlands bred polled Wulfs Excellsior son, Huntlands Knock Out. Weighing in at 756kg on the day, Knock Out was purchased by John Arthur (Grandeview), a long time Hamilton Limousin breeder.
Top price bull Huntlands Knock Out.
Southland’s, Colin Phillips, accompanied by his son, certainly enjoyed their North Island visit, taking home a couple of holiday souvenirs. Colin purchased the heaviest bull (808kg) on sale for $5,200, Huntlands King Hit. King Hit was a Wulfs Xtractor son. Colin also purchased the bull judged the best bull, Ngarimu Kinglsey, for $4,500. Ngarimu Kingsley also shared top weight gain for the trial time along with Mangatawhiri King.
Ngarimu Kingsley, judged best bull.
The average price for the sale was $4,180 and all bulls have been sold.
The trial was supported this year by six North Island Limousin breeders, Huntlands, Ngarimu, Mangatawhiri, Grayleen, Limax and Kivlean. 14 bulls arrived at the bull trial farm near the end of August 2015. They were weighed each month and continuously assessed for temperament. A public viewing day was held in December. The final 11 bulls were scanned in April and presented for sale in June.