The 6th Annual South Island Limousin Bull Sale was held on Monday 19 May in pleasant conditions. Even the North Islanders in attendance had their Swanndris off and their shirt sleeves rolled up!
Sale day was the culmination of nine months assessment of the bulls which were first brought into the bull trial as yearlings back in August.
Given the buyer interest prior to the sale, there was an optimistic feeling leading into the sale. Buyer comment was that this group of bulls was the most even line yet with quality and temperament of a very high standard.
The top price was a pleasing $4700 for Lot 3 [Glencairn Haast] by AI sire On-Dit and purchased back by Rob & Jean Johnstone for stud use. He is an outcross to many bloodlines currently available.
Next highest at $4500 was Lot 5 [Riverheights Hoss], a thick-set earlier maturing type that scanned very well with an EMA of 127 and IMF of 3.5. He was purchased by Greg Metherall of Kenmore Station, Waitaki Valley, who has used Limousins for many years in a commercial cross-breeding programme. The successful vendor was Don & Delma Robertson.
Third highest at $3500 was Lot 8 [Loch Head Hossack] which sold to C & A Thacker from Okains Bay, Banks Peninsula. They purchased two Limousin cows at last year’s sale to test the breed’s ability to handle their tough hill country. Obviously they were happy with what they saw. The successful vendors were Judy Miller & Clark Scott.
In all 8 of the 11 bull lots sold either under the hammer or afterwards. The significant decline in beef breeding cows in the South Island has certainly had an impact of the demand for quality service bulls. The main reason for this has been the proliferation of dairy support into areas traditionally used for sheep and beef farming.
This year there was less interest for females with only 2 of the 5 lots finding new homes. However, the semen packages on offer saw more demand with 8 being sold. It was pleasing to see a couple of breeders who don’t normally undertake AI being successful in their bids.
Overall demand was softer than in some previous years but breeders have resolved to continue with the trial next season and to undertake more effective promotion during the year.