Waikaka Skytower 1289, who sold for $33,000 at the national
Hereford sale. Photo by Anna Fisher.
Selling a bull for $33,000 at the national Hereford sale
at AgInnovation was an ''amazing highlight'' for the Paterson
family from Greenvale, near Gore.
Waikaka Skytower 1289 was bought by Peter Reeves, from
Mokairau Station at Gisborne - the third-highest-priced
Hereford bull at the sale.
The Paterson family, from Waikaka Station, have been breeding
Herefords since 1954 and it was the highest price they have
While Laurie Paterson knew it was a good bull, he said you
never knew what the mood of the sale was going to be.
However, it proved to be a strong sale for the Herefords,
with the overall top-priced bull at the sale, Okahu Sonny
Bill, offered by Kelly O'Neill, of the Okahu Trust, near
Raetihi, selling for $40,000.
Okahu Sonny Bill, who also won the PGG Wrightson champion of
champions title, was bought by the Robbie family, of Otapawa
Herefords at Tiraumea.
Mr Paterson believed Waikaka Skytower had a bit more bone,
thickness and outlook than a lot of other bulls at the sale.
He was very sound and had a ''perfect'' set of estimated
breeding values (EBVs) across 16 traits.
Mr Paterson was confident the bull, which the Patersons had
already used, would breed well and he was looking forward to
seeing his progeny.
The bull was sired by Monymusk Eiffel Tower, whom the
Patersons bought from Chris and Jayne Douglas, of Te Anau, at
the national sale in 2011 for $12,000.
They had already retained another son by Monymusk Eiffel
Tower - Waikaka Skytower 1210, who won supreme champion
Hereford, along with the Junior Meat and Wool Cup, at the
Canterbury A&P Show last year.
Mr Paterson liked Herefords because of their temperament and
ability to finish early.
''They're like an all-rounder, really, good right across the
board,'' he said.
Other southern Hereford breeders also did well at the sale,
with Duncraigen Farm (Wyndham) and the Kane family (West
Otago) both selling bulls for $10,000.
A Simmental heifer from Glenside Simmentals, at Waitahuna,
was second in the Queen of Hearts all-breeds heifer calf show
and went on to top the sale, purchased by Everd and Marie
Strauss, from North Taieri, for $5000.
Earnscleugh Station, in Central Otago, bought the top-priced
Gelbvieh bull, offered by Maungaraki Cattle Co, for $8500.