Anyone who wants coloured wool - or to breed interesting
sheep - should mark January 25 as a red-letter day.
That's when the Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders Association
of New Zealand is holding its annual South Island sale. It
has been held at the Waimate Showgrounds since the turn of
the millennium - a central location with facilities ideally
suited to the event.
Convener Reg Partridge said he would like to see lots of
buyers take advantage of the stock on offer.
''There is quite a demand for different colours of wool,
especially for handcrafts.''
Lifestyle block owners were another target market, he said.
The association would also be selling copies of a book - The
World of Coloured Sheep - by Roger Lundie and Elspeth
''It contains papers by 80 New Zealand and international
contributors covering breeding and handcrafts and it's a
valuable resource for anyone interested in the subject,'' Mr
Vendors were likely to come from all over the South Island
for January's sale.
This year's sale was notable for a record price. A registered
Romney ram bred by P.C. and M.J. Gould, of Pleasant Point,
attracted fierce bidding before the auctioneer's hammer fell
The successful bidders were Kate and Bruce McLachlan, of
Clarendon, near Lake Waihola, south of Dunedin. Mrs McLachlan
said she selected the ram for the ''handle'' of his fleece.
Vendor Peter Gould was chuffed with the sale. He and the
McLachlans had similar goals with their breeding programmes
and often favoured the same sheep at sales.
Mr Gould sold another registered Romney for $200, had one
passed in at $150 and achieved $160 for an unregistered
Altogether the sale offered 28 animals: two ewe lambs, 11
two-tooth ewes, six adult ewes and nine two-tooth rams.