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2 April 2021

Rangatira Angus dispersal gains extra momentum with bidr®

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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After COVID affected some of the earlier scheduled weaner sales, the lift in restrictions saw them back in full swing across the North Island.

Due to Auckland border restrictions the team in South Auckland relocated their sale from Tuakau to Frankton and with the assistance of bidr®, they live streamed the sale resulting in a total of 969 bids being taken across 85 lots. A solid sale and a great effort to achieve this at short notice.

While an element of caution prevailed over the earlier fairs, largely due to climate and outlook, the market settled well, with solid buying support throughout the North Island. Due to the COVID lockdown 12 months ago, no comparisons can be made to 2020, though referenced back to schedule, the steer market has found a level corresponding to 2019. Recent rain across some regions built confidence. As expected, in most areas the average weights on traditional lines are up by an average of 20 kilograms.

Earlier fairs saw weaner heifer values vary across regions, largely dependent on type, quality and buyer motivation. The heifers have now found a level to satisfy both vendor and purchaser and still represent some good shopping with the view of some purchasers having more than one option at the other end.

Sale entries have been solid across the North Island, in some instances exceeding 2018/19 tallies.

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Matt Langtry, PGG Wrightson North Island Livestock Manager

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