The 20th Snake Gully Limousin Bull Sale was held in appallingly wet conditions on Tuesday at Maungakaramea, New Zealand. Flooding had made travelling difficult for some buyers (even the invited auctioneer didn’t make it!) and the smaller attendance created some pre-sale anxious moments for vendors, Dannie & Bethley O’Shea, & Natalie & David Roberts.
On offer for the first time in New Zealand were progeny from three new UK bloodlines. Progeny from other sires included RUNL Stetson, Kensal Back in Black and Snake Gully Expensive which was imported from Australia.
After some fierce bidding the top price was a very pleasing $8,700 for Snake Gully Harry, a full French bull sired by Milbrook Alistair. He was jointly purchased by Stephen & Belinda Clearwater & Colin & Jennifer Phillips from Southland for stud use.
The Snake Gully Sale underway in very wet conditions with Danny O’Shea standing next to the selling rostrum
Second highest was Snake Gully Hank which sold for $7,400. Again full French and sired by Bolide, Hank was purchased by Robert Buhler from North Canterbury for stud use.
Snake Gully Hero by another sire from the UK, Ampertaine Commander, sold for $5,700 to be used in a commercial breeding programme.
Some of the Snake Gully bulls being offered in the very wet conditions
Of the 17 bulls on offer, 16 sold on sale day for a very respectable average of $4,230.
A full clearance of the five females on offer completed a very successful sale. The three in-calf cows averaged $1,800 with the two unjoined heifers averaging $1,450.
As always the Snake Gully team presented the animals in excellent condition on sale day. They have established a loyal and growing following over the 20 years from buyers who keep coming back. Repeat buying is testament to the high standards set by the stud manager/s during the breeding and selection program.
Both vendors and buyers appeared to be very happy with the sale. The legendary Snake Gully sandwiches and a little ‘lemonade’ afterwards added to the occasion!