In what was one of the first New Zealand bull sales for the season, the 8th South Island Limousin Bull Trial Sale held last Monday (23 March) attracted strong interest from both commercial and stud buyers. There was a total clearance of the 22 lots catalogued.
Top price of $7,500 for Lot 3 went to a bull bred by Riverheights Limousin [Don & Delma Robertson] from Hinds. It was a fitting way for the Robertsonsto end their 30 years’ involvement with the Limousin breed as they have recently sold their stud. The successful buyers werestud breeders Warrick & Cece James from Benmore Graziers. The bull’s pedigree included Wilodge Tonka, Ionesco, Highlander and Dauphin.
Top price lot, Riverheights Keeper.
The Robertsons also achieved second top price of $6,000 for their other entrant Lot 11. The buyer was commercial breeder T Prattley from Geraldine. The bull’s pedigree was stacked with European bloodlines including Ionesco and Ideal (Denmark).
Two bulls sold for $5,500.
The first was Lot 2, a black and polled Vision Y329 son bred by Gary Kennett & Marilyn Montgomery and purchased for stud use by John & Jean Mawle from the Pinedale Stud.
The other was Lot 7, a Wulfs Xtractor son bred by Tim Grant and purchased for commercial use by Hukerere Station.
In all bulls sold to an average $4750.
There was also a small offering of Limousin stud heifers which also attracted strong interest. Top price of $3,200 went to an 18 months old heifer bred by Gary Kennett & Marilyn Montgomery which sold to Stu Hill from Takaka.
Overall the sale was the most successful since its inception and indicates the strength of the beef industry in New Zealand at the moment. Commercial buyers in attendance were interested in running Limousin bulls over their mainly black cows to add some hybrid vigour and greater muscling into the progeny. This is a very encouraging sign for New Zealand breeders.