The second PGG Wrightson’s Pahīatua/Dannevirke Dairy Beef Sale at Dannevirke on November 22 did not quite reach the amazing prices of its first sale a fortnight earlier.
But prices were a pretty good reflection of stock quality, matching sales around the country.
Of the 250 Friesian weaner bulls, top-quality animals averaged $570/head, with the peak being the Sinclair Brothers calves which returned $635/head averaging 225kilos in weight. No other pen reached $600/head. Medium-weight weaners returned $545/head.
Most of the 50+ beef cross weaner bulls achieved good prices, with four of the pens exceeding $600/head, the top being eight white-faced weaners from Ataahua Partnership at $655/head.
Some very good pens of beef X heifers saw high prices averaging $586/head, the top being BF and FE Murdoch’s Charolais at $635/head.
The third sale on December 5 will be keenly anticipated.
Dave Murdoch is a part-time photo-journalist working for the Bush Telegraph and based at Dannevirke. He has covered any community story telling good news about the district for the past 10 years.