The 4th Annual South Island Bull and Invitational Female sale was held Monday 21 June. The bulls had all come through the ten month South Island bull evaluation trial. Breeders from throughout the country were well-represented at the sale. As expected there was strong interest for the higher performing animals.
The top price of $9000 went to Riverheights Fred, an impressive bull bred by Don & Delma Robertson, and purchased by Colin & Jennifer Phillips from Southland. $5700 was paid for Springcreek Friend, a very stylish bull bred by Bob & Grace Neill and purchased by commercial buyers Neville and Bernadette Leslie from Balclutha.
The average selling price for the bulls was $4128. Unfortunately the lack of commercial buyers at the sale meant a number of lots were passed in.
The invitational female sale that followed again proved its worth with all but one lot selling. Whilst prices were down on previous years it seems that breeders recognise this as an opportunity to obtain quality genetics.
Our special thanks must again go to Brian O’Connell who again did an outstanding job managing the bull trial this past season.