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Livestock Market Update Mar 21: Whats the Beef
3 March 2021

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

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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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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Rangatira Angus, among the East Coast’s most respected studs, is bringing a six decade era to a close. Its mixed age cow, heifer calf and bull calf dispersal sale on 22 March offered 244 lots for a full clearance through a six hour sale. 

Emma Pollitt, PGG Wrightson East Coast Livestock Genetics Representative, helped organise the sale with stud principals Charlie and Susie Dowding, while bidr®, New Zealand’s virtual saleyard, added nationwide competition, helping make the day a resounding success.

“We had 26 online registered buyers, from Mangakino to Clinton, alongside over 50 who bid in person at the sale. Almost half the offering received online bids, and bidr® participants purchased 14 per cent of the lots, including the top price of the day for a bull calf. 

“This sale was originally planned for this time last year, before Covid-19 disrupted the selling season. When the Rangatira Angus yearling and two year old heifer sale was held in September last year bidr® attended to cover all bases, and we stuck with that for this sale.

“Some online purchasers who had been at the September sale in person bid from home this time, showing confidence in the system and the stud. Having bidr® there, with a full online system, made bidding from home much easier, ensuring anyone online can stay in control,” she says.

With 111 cows offered, the average price was $4,775 and the top-priced cow sold for $12,000 to Rolling Rock Angus. In the heifer section 68 lots averaged $4,283 with the top-priced heifer calf purchased by Shamrock Angus for $10,500. Of 65 bull calves offered, selling on average for $3,933, as noted, the top priced bull calf was purchased online: with Black Ridge Angus buying him for $20,500 and Mt Mable Angus purchasing another bull calf at the sale for $17,500.

Emma Pollitt says it was always going to be a bittersweet day for the Dowding family.

“Charlie and Susie were as happy as could be in the circumstances. They were thrilled with the outcome of the sale, appreciated the value bidr® provides and will use bidr® again at their upcoming bull sale in June,” she says.

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