17 bulls and 8 females were presented for sale at the 18th Snake Gully Limousin Sale at the Maungakaramea Sale Yards (NZ) on Tuesday 12 June. The vendors (Dannie & Bethley O’Shea and Natalie & David Roberts) had done a superb job in preparing them for sale day. A good crowd and a pleasant winter’s day set the scene for what was a successful sale.
The top price of $12000 was paid for Lot 3 Snake Gully Forge, an apricot son of Wilodge Tonka out of a dam with an Ionesco and Highlander background, and purchased by Tim Grant of Temoananui Limousin (Milton) for stud use. Rarely has such an impressive young bull been offered for sale within NZ in recent years and the price reflected the quality of this animal. A growthy type bull, Forge was balanced and structurally correct, with good length and width along the topline, and supported by an impressive set of growth EBVs.
Second highest price at $6500 was Lot 7 Snake Gully Fleetwood, another impressive bull sired by Wilodge Tonka, and purchased by commercial buyers Kohete Trusts Partners (Inglewood).
Lot 2 Snake Gully Fergus was third highest price at $5200 and purchased by Colin & Jennifer Phillips (Tuatapere). Sired by ROMN Tow Truck, Fergus had scanned with the highest EMA.
Repeat buyers Murray Child, Phil Gaudin, the Liberty Fishing Company and Mangatawhiri Limousin Stud headed a strong competition for the remaining lots of a very even line of bulls from some bloodlines not commonly available in New Zealand. Apart from ROMN Tow Truck and Wilodge Tonka other sires included Sauvignon, Vigot, On-Dit and Premier Dauphin D27.
Overall 16 bulls sold for an average price of $4237.
Three mixed age cows were presented and sold with an average price of $1633. Top price of $2000 was paid for Lot 21, an Ionesco daughter, and purchased by Ag Farming Ltd (Erik & Lyn van der Velden) of Mangatara Limousin (Whangarei).
Four of the five heifers sold with an average price of $1975. Top price of $3100 was paid for Lot 22, an impressive Mandayen Guardian A488 daughter, and purchased by Peta Lean & Murray Kivell of Kivlean Limousin (Hamilton).
The vendors provided scanning information for all lots and had DNA tested for proto status and F94L. This information was appreciated by the buyers present.