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HISTORY MADE AT RANGATIRA ANGUS STUD BULL SALE!

History was made this morning at Charles and Susan Dowding's, Rangatira Angus Stud bull sale in Muriwai, Gisborne.  Rangatira 13-38 (Lot 18), the Angus bull born 14/08/2013 and sired by Mt Mable Thor 660, has sold for a whopping $100,000!

This is a first in New Zealand, as no bull of any breed has ever sold for such a price at an on-farm sale. The sale auctioneer was Bruce Orr, Genetics Manager at PGG Wrighston Ltd.

Five bulls reached auction prices of over $37,000 and all 61 of the bulls offered were sold, reaching an average price of $10,969.

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*MEADOWSLEA ANGUS BULL SALE POSTPONED!*

Due to heavy snow, the Meadowslea Angus Bull Sale will now be held on Friday 26th June. They hope to see you all there once the snow has melted.


A CUT ABOVE COOKING WITH ANGUSPURE - JUDGED BEST IN THE WORLD

New Zealand book writers/publishers, Gerhard & Henri Egger have received the Best Meat Cookbook in the World Award, at the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
 
They accepted the award in Yantai, China on Tuesday night for their lasted book A Cut Above cooking with AngusPure.

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ZOETIS - HD 50K

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A new genomic test from Zoetis enables producers to more affordably and accurately predict genetic merit of registered Angus animals.

The new test, named i50K™, leverages historic adoption of HD 50K and the latest advances in cutting-edge genotyping and imputation (i) technology. The i50K test delivers effectively the same improvements in the accuracy of GE-EPDs as that inform a variety of selection, mating and marketing decisions as HD 50K.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE ONLINE

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2015 BREEDER SALE RESULTS ONLINE NOW

Click on this link to see the sale results, which are updates weekly.

http://www.angusnz.com/page.php?page=Breeder+Sale+Results

Or visit the Angus New Zealand Facebook page for daily updates


BEEF EXPO A BLACK OUT!!

Te Pari Beef Expo 2015 has been a fantastic time for Angus! As a breed, we have done extremely well in the show ring, in the sale ring and on the plates, with Forbes & Angus Cameron from Ashhurst (Angus) taking away the Grand Champion prize at the 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin Awards on Monday night.
Te Mania Jonah 13588, an Angus bull bred by the Wilding family of Parnassus, took out the breed's Supreme Champion award and then went on to be judged as Champion of Champions on Tuesday. This outstanding animal, which has been grazing at the Angus Bull Unit in Feilding since late 2014, then went on to fetch a sale price of $35,000 in the auction ring.
We had a number of other bulls fetching five-figure price tags, an encouraging outcome for all registered Angus breeders.
A more detailed account of the results is outlined below.

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NZ’S TOP STEAK – ANGUS FARMERS TAKE THE TITLE

The winners of the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin competition, have been announced. 

Forbes and Angus Cameron have made history – they are the first entrants to take out both this competition and the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards (Glammies), in 2008.

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*STEAK OF ORIGIN 2015 - SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED*

The 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin competition charges ahead with today’s announcement of the successful semi-finalists.  

The competition, sponsored by Zoetis, seeks to find the nation’s most tender and tasty sirloin steak – and the Grand Champion title is hotly contested by farmers.  

Carne Technologies has now completed scientific testing of all entries for tenderness and colour. The top 20 per cent now go through to the semi-final at Auckland University of Technology on Friday 1 May, where they will be tasted by a panel of chefs and foodwriters. 

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NEW ZEALAND ANGUS SELECTION INDEXES

 

There are currently two different selection indexes calculated for New Zealand Angus animals. These are the Self Replacing Index and the AngusPure Index. Each selection index describes a different production/market scenario and relates to a typical commercial herd in New Zealand that is targeting the following specifications. 

 

Self Replacing Index - Estimates the genetic differences between animals in net profitability per cow joined for a self replacing commercial herd, targeting the production of grass finished steers. Steers are assumed marketed at 525 kg live weight (280 kg carcase weight and 10 mm fat depth) at 16 months of age. 

AngusPure Index - Estimates the genetic differences between animals in net profitability per cow joined for a self replacing commercial Angus herd, targeting the production of grass finished steers for the AngusPure programme. Steers are assumed marketed at 525 kg live weight (280 kg carcase weight and 10 mm fat depth) at 18 months of age with a significant premium paid for marbling.

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HD50K FOR ANGUS RECALIBRATION

The HD50K for Angus product (HD50K) that is commercially available from Zoetis has been recalibrated with an improved product set to be launched in early March 2015. This fact sheet provides technical details regarding the new HD50K product and the associated modifications that will be made to the incorporation of HD50K genomic predictions into Angus BREEDPLAN.

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JOB VACANCY - SCOTLAND

We are looking to recruit someone to work alongside one other member of farm staff but with an emphasis on developing the Moncur Herd of 30+ Pedigree Aberdeen Angus Cows, with the ability to bring out cattle for show and sales to a high standard, but due to the existing size of our herd this would not be a full time job. Therefore the person employed would have to multi-task and be competent with tractor and fork lift work to carry out for example baling, driving off grain and tractor work associated with looking after the cattle and other tasks involved with the daily running of the farm.

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SOUTH ISLAND BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED
 
South Island Board Election for 2015 has now closed and the ballot papers have been counted by independent personnel.  The two South Island representatives of the Angus New Zealand Board are Clarence Timperley and John Cochrane.
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NEW GENERAL MANAGER APPOINTED AT ANGUS NEW ZEALAND

Angus New Zealand President Joe Fouhy is delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Cook as the new General Manager. "Alan is coming to us after a stellar career in the rural banking sector and has a thorough knowledge of cattle and Breedplan, through his own personal farming experience. He was also a recipient of the prestigious Kellogg Rural Leadership Award in 2014", says Joe.

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ANGUS NZ GENETIC EVALUATION REPORT 2015

The latest Angus New Zealand Breedplan Sire Summary, based on the January 2015 analysis is available for download.

http://angusnz.com/docs/GER/Angus_Sire_Summary-Sire-Listings-JAN2015.pdf

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2015 FBNZ HOOF AND HOOK

FBNZ Hoof and Hook is being held from the 8th-10th May 2015 at Manfeild Stadium, Feilding.  Steers are brought to the event and judged on the “hoof” and after the event they are slaughtered and judged on the “hook”.  

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2015 TRANS-TASMAN SCHOLARSHIP EXCHANGE WINNER

Generation Angus is excited to introduce Allen Gregory, the 2015 Trans-tasman exchange winner. Allen is a 3rd year Ag Science student at Lincoln University. Innaugural winner of the Mt Linton Genetics internship and chairman of the Lincoln Young farmers club, Allen has a strong background in the sheep and beef sector and an absolute commitment to the breed.

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TURIHAUA YEARLING SALE A STUNNER!

The 4th Yearling Bull Sale at Turihaua has proven a great success, selling all 30 of the Angus yearling bulls they had on offer, and at premium prices.

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A CUT ABOVE - COOKING WITH ANGUSPURE

Review of A Cut Above, the new hard-covered recipe book by Gerhard Egger, a book solely dedicated to cooking with AngusPure.  The book is a photographic and written journey, introducing you to not only great beef recipes, but also to the beef breeders who have dedicated their lives to the product you’re cooking with.

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BLG PROGENY TEST PROGRAMME

BLG would like to invite Angus breeders to nominate Angus bulls for use in a progeny test programme.  To participate, each breeder would need to supply up to 55 straws of semen per bull.  The semen will be put into several different commercial herds throughout New Zealand, and the progeny will be recorded for a wide variety of traits.

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SELAKS NEW ZEALAND ROAST DAY

The fifth annual Selaks New Zealand Roast Day is now firmly entrenched in the annual winter culinary calendar.  AngusPure was a new campaign partner, providing the event with AngusPure vouchers and product for media goody bags, as well as vouchers for consumer giveaways.

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ANGUS TO THE FORE

1500 cattle and $1.5m gross return.  That was the result of a recent Wairoa Cattle fair that featured almost all Angus or Angus/Hereford cross animals.

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ANGUS NZ REDUCES NUMBER OF DIRECTORS

The results of the recent Postal Vote on the proposed change to the Constitution of Angus New Zealand have shown that, as in accordance with clause 18.1, a majority of no less than two-thirds voted in favour of change. 

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DAN MOSER TO LEAD ANGUS GENETICS INC.

Angus announces new AGI president and director of performance programs.

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