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Livestock Market Update Mar 21: East Coast Angus Dispersal Sale
3 March 2021

Livestock Market Update: East Coast Angus dispersal signals end of a 60 year era

Robust hill country genetics going under the hammer

Farmers will this month have a rare opportunity to acquire some of the North Island’s premium Angus genetics.

One of the East Coast’s most respected Angus studs is ending a 60 year era with an autumn dispersal sale. The Rangatira Angus Mixed Age Cow and Heifer and Bull Calf Dispersal, south of Gisborne, will take place on Monday 22 March. Approximately 250 cattle are for sale, selling in a series of separate lots.

Rangatira Angus stock are robust hill country cattle, renowned for their soundness and structure. All cows vetted in calf, and each animal has passed an AA inspection.

Hosted on farm from 11 am, with viewing the day prior from 1 to 4pm, the sale will also run on bidr, enabling buyers to take part in person or online.

Click here for a copy of the catalogue. Private viewings will also be available.

Emma Pollitt, PGG Wrightson East Coast Livestock Genetics Representative

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Feed and export prospects likely to set a positive market

After last year’s North Island weaner sales were initially overshadowed by drought, then almost completely wiped out by the first Covid lockdown, this year’s series, running from early March to mid-May, is starting in more promising circumstances.

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With good feed on the ground in most districts, and long-term confidence around export prospects, farmers are heading to the sales feeling much more positive. Due to the restrictions in the Auckland region in the first week of March, sales at Tuakau and Wellsford will be rescheduled, though the rest of the programme is set to roll out successfully, with livestock tallies solid and the prospect of good competition on the buying bench.

In the market for straight bred weaner heifers, purchasers may be conscious of opportunities around live exports later in the year, knowing that those animals will need to be on farm for at least six months, potentially stimulating demand in the early part of the sales season.

As critical market factors are so different to last year, solid pricing predictions this early in the season are difficult to make.

Matt Langtry, PGG Wrightson  North Island Livestock Manager

Livestock Market Update: What's the Beef - benefit from genetics

03 March 2021

Nationwide roadshow aiming to add value for commercial beef farmers

Maximising profit from beef is the aim for a nationwide roadshow running throughout New Zealand in March.

‘What's the Beef’ focusses on helping commercial beef farmers add value to their businesses by making the most of genetics.

A range of key speakers, including geneticists, chefs and processors, are presenting at the multi-dimensional workshops between Whangarei and Gore, which intend to educate producers about the added value and increased profitability that breeding quality beef can deliver to their businesses.

Topics include:

  • How you use genetics to grow profit;
  • Nutrition for meat quality and farm management;
  • What processors are looking for to serve the overseas market and how farmers can accommodate that; and
  • Why the restaurant trade is looking for quality and consistency from red meat and how this works for them.

'What's the Beef' events are free to attend, though registration via the roadshow’s website is requested.

Callum Stewart, PGG Wrightson Livestock National Genetics Manager

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