High country Angus bull fetches $88k

15 June 2021

The first on-farm bull auction for Mt Possession Angus recorded an amazing price of $88,000 for lot 3, bull Q53, paid by Max Tweedie of Hallmark Angus, Tutira, Hawke’s Bay.

The six-year-old Mt Possession Angus stud sold bulls in the paddock until this year, when 20 were offered on the day and 19 sold, with an average of $11,200.

The Mid Canterbury high country station at Ashburton Gorge was battered by the May 31 storm, suffering bridge, house, road, track and fencing damage.

A big crowd of farmers attended the June 14 sale and three bulls sold on the bidr platform.

For the Whyte Farming Company – joint owners Donald and Leigh Whyte, and sheep and beef farm manager Ryan Hussey and his wife Sarah – the extraordinary price paid for Mt Possession Q53 was a huge tonic after the flood.

Hussey says Q53 has a great combination of performance figures, including two indexes in the top 1% for the breed, being the self-replacing index and the AngusPure index.

He is a home-bred bull sired by Mt Possession M13.

The Mt Possession stud was begun by the Whytes and the Husseys in 2015 with cattle from the Goldwyn dispersal in Te Anau and now has a herd of almost 100 cows and heifers to calve this year.

Meanwhile, Hawke’s Bay Angus breeder Max Tweedie, after paying the top price of the bull sale season so far, achieved a meritorious $48,000 at his own Hallmark stud sale at Tutira.

Hallmark had a full clearance of 33 bulls and made an average price of $9772.

The top price was paid for Hallmark Stirling Q016, by Australian sire Millah Murrah which has not been widely used here.

Tweedie described Stirling as a fit, moderately sized bull, very mobile and with an excellent data sheet.

Guest vendor Matai Mara sold one bull at $8500.

Sudeley Angus, Irwell, Canterbury, had a top price of $33,000 paid by Tarangower Angus, sold 44 of 46 offered and averaged $8953.

Dandaleith Angus, Dannevirke, sold 24 of 30 offered, averaging $8000 and a top price of $20,000 paid by Merchiston Angus and Atahua Angus.

Brookwood Angus, Takapau, had a full clearance of 26 bulls averaging $7846 and a top price of $13,000 paid by Orere Angus.

Down the road at Elsthorpe, Elgin Angus sold 25 of 26, averaged $8200 and had a top of $15,000.

District neighbour Rolling Rock Angus cleared their 20 bulls offered, averaging $8187, including a top price of $17,000 paid by a commercial farmer.

Atahua Angus, Kiwitea, also had a full clearance of $33,000, an excellent average of $11,924 and a top price of $19,500.

Mt Mable Angus, Woodville, sold 42 out of 43 offered, averaged $10,809 and had a top price of $18,000 paid by Kauhoura Station.

Pine Park Angus, Marton, sold all 31 bulls offered and averaged $7400 with a top price of $12,000.

Te Whanga Angus, Masterton, sold 19 of 23, averaged $8100 and made a top price of $12,000 twice.

Riverlands J Angus had a full clearance of 14, averaged $8095, achieving a top of $10,000 twice.

Earnscleugh Station, Alexandra, sold 82 bulls in total, being Angus, Hereford and composite. The sale average was $6950 and the top price was an Angus for $16,000.

Marton Farming at Wakefield, Nelson, sold all 28 Angus bulls with an average of $7303 and a top of $13,000 paid by Argyle Station. Nine of 10 Herefords were sold for $7610 average and $14,000 paid by Matariki Herefords.