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6 October 2021

Yearling Bull sales season starts well

Exceptional clearances, good online engagement and premiums for particular genetics characterise early season sales

Despite some disruption and delays due to the nationwide lock down, the 2021 yearling bull sales season is progressing positively.

Covid pushed a few sales back at the start of the season, though that provided some unexpected benefits, giving those offering bulls more time to maximise presentation. As a result buyers are liking the look of what is available, driving clearance rates early in the season to approximately 99 per cent. Both dairy and beef farmers are chasing bulls with genetic traits around lower birth weight and calving ease.

New Zealand’s virtual saleyard bidr continues to excel, enabling those unable to leave restricted localities, not comfortable to attend the sales, or too busy with opportunities to watch or participate in sales. While the majority of buyers turn up on farm, the technology is gaining traction.

Among the outstanding early sales, Riverton Herefords, Fordell, Whanganui put up 102 yearling bulls, which sold at an average of $3700; Twin Oaks Angus, Te Akau offered 50 bulls, averaging $5210 and achieving a $12,000 top priced lot; Te Atarangi Angus, Dargaville offered 106 bulls for a $3630 average price; and Craigmore Polled Herefords, Ohaupo, Waikato sold 103 bulls, averaging $3178, with a $16,500 bull topping their sale.

Quality has been the key at all these sales, where the buyers are motivated to commit when a good article is on offer. However, bull numbers are growing meaning competition and quality will continue to escalate.

Callum Stewart, PGG Wrightson Livestock National Genetics Manager

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Reduced numbers and encouraging meat schedules mean prices should firm

Dairy beef sales are about to kick off, with the first North Island sale mid-October. Regular sales at all the main saleyards will progress from there, particularly in greater Waikato and Northland, where calving occurs earlier. South Island dairy beef sales will commence in mid-November. Specific dairy beef weaner sales will be held each week in Waikato and Bay of Plenty and fortnightly in Taranaki, Manawatu and Tararua.

Big calf numbers are expected at Frankton and Feilding saleyards, also Stratford and Bay of Plenty. In the South Island the main sales are at Temuka and Lorneville, which will have the critical mass to send strong signals to the rest of the market.

Based on the reduced numbers that have been reared and encouraging meat schedules, prices should be firm on last year, though it is still early to accurately predict that. 

Keep an eye on AgOnline for all the upcoming sales. If you want to gauge the overall state of dairy beef prior to either buying or selling, follow a livestreamed sale or two via bidr, which will help you better understand how the market is faring.

Jamie Cunninghame, PGG Wrightson National Dairy Livestock Manager

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PGG Wrightson’s finest set to take on best of the rest at tenth annual Heartland Bank Young Auctioneers Competition in November

Some of PGG Wrightson’s sharpest young rural professionals will go up against the best of the rest of the country in a few weeks at the tenth annual Heartland Bank Young Auctioneers Competition, in Canterbury on 2 November.

Earlier this year the company implemented an auctioneers strategy, which helps identify and train promising auctioneers with a bright future. Several of the company’s best will have the opportunity to take on elite young auctioneers from other companies, testing their skills and showing their ability in a contest for professionals under the age of 30.

Conducting auctions is an essential part of PGG Wrightson’s identity, and has always been a key role in the rural economy. Despite the potential that online platforms like bidr offer, the livestock auction will continue to be central to our business.

We look forward to seeing how some of our most promising up and comers perform on the national stage.

Callum Stewart, PGG Wrightson Livestock National Genetics Manager 

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Listen now. The Country’s Jamie Mackay is joined by PGG Wrightson’s National Dairy Sales Manager, Jamie Cunninghame, to talk about New Zealand’s livestock market.

Mackay jokes that Fielding-Manawatu is the farming capital of New Zealand. Cunninghame agrees as he is based there.

Spring is in full force in the greater Manawatu region. Cunninghame notes that feed is growing well but the wet weather continues to be of concern.

Mackay questions the nationwide demand around milking cows, and if there will be a ‘Dairy Boom’ coming.  Cunninghame answers that there are a lot of enquiries happening at the moment, and there have been a large number of clearing sales coming from Taranaki and the greater Waikato region.

These sales have been ranging from the early $2000 to the early $3000, and there have been issues with supply and demand, particularly through late autumn and winter.

The Dairy-Beef sales have started in Waikato despite being in Level 3 lockdown. Cunninghame adds that despite the levels, sales are going ahead on the auction platform Bidr.

Mackay asks what “Defer a Bull” is. Cunninghame explains that it is a service provided by PGG which assists farmers in their need for bull livestock.

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