The South Island Limousin Bull Trial Sale was held 21 May and is one of the first sales of the season in New Zealand. Despite a good gallery in number, bidding was slow, with eight of the thirteen bulls sold under the hammer to an average $4625. Recent concerns around the recent outbreak of the disease Micoplasma Bovis may have made buyers cautious despite all bulls being tested prior to sale.
Top price of $6500 went to Glencairn Marshall, an impressive son by Meriden Poll Heavyduty, and bred by Rob and Jean Johnstone from Outram. The successful bidder was Greg Metherall from the Waitaki Valley.
Next highest at $5500 was Black Creek Musa, bred by Stephen and Belinda Clearwater from Lumsden, and sold to Mike Thompson from Southland, a regular supporter of the trial. The bull scanned with an EMA of 134 and has ROMN Tow Truck in the background.
Two females were offered and averaged $3000. Top price of $3500 went to Piwakawaka Hine, a R6 Full French cow and in-calf to Birubi Jupita. She sold to Robert Buhler to expand his commercial herd of pure Limousins