NZ Herefords at Beef Expo 2012
First time Expo exhibitors Wayne and Maggie Williams from the southern West Coast Glacier Horned Hereford Stud took out the coveted PGG Wrightson Champion of Champions title at the 2012 Beef & Lamb NZ Beef Expo.
Maggie and Wayne entered two Hereford bulls with Glacier Top 367 taking the Champion title. Glacier Top went on to sell for $14,000 to Maungahina Hereford Stud, Masterton.
A very exciting day for the newcomers to Beef Expo!
2012 Hereford Beef Expo Report
Fox Glacier Hereford breeders, Wayne and Maggie Williams, made their debut at the 2012 Beef & Lamb Beef Expo in a manner many can only dream of – their bull Glacier Top was judged the PGG Wrightson Champion of Champions.
The bull was one of two entries the Williams travelled north with from their property at the foot of Fox Glacier on the West Coast.
The horned bull then went on to sell for $14,000 to the Maungahina stud near Masterton.
The Champion of Champions win marked the beginning of a very successful Beef Expo for NZ Herefords.
The breed went on to earn the highest price tags of the event with a bull selling for $28,000 and another bull selling for $26,000.
The hammer fell on the top price of $28,000 for sire Hukaroa Item, catalogued as Lot 26 and offered by the Hansen family of Te Kauwhata. He was purchased by fellow Hereford breeder Alistair Campbell of Earnscleugh Station, Alexandra.
Hukaroa Item not only caught the eye of Alistair but also the judges and was placed first in the Tru-Test Super Sires class.
The second top price of the event was also fetched by a Hereford, this time offered by the Otapawa Stud of the Robbie Family, Tiraumea in North Wairarapa. Otapawa Ignite (Lot 43) sold to Philip Atkins of the Okupata Stud in the Waikato. Ignite was judged third in the Honda Motorcycles Impact Sires led class.
These top prices contributed to a rising two year old bull average price of $8413 up on the 2011 average of $6895. The four females sold averaged $2600.
The Hereford sale was punctuated with solid price tags with five bulls selling for $10,000 or more.
Other price highlights included sire Glacier John, Lot 44 also from the Glacier stud, Glacier selling for $11,000 to the syndicate of Nga Puteputi and Alton Vale studs both located near Gisborne.
Okawa Panda, offered by David and Rosemary Morrow of Ashburton sold for $10,000 to Taranaki Hereford breeders Colin and Carol King of the Bexley Stud.
In the show ring the Glacier stud dominated taking out the title of Supreme Champion Hereford. They also took home the silverware for the best two entries exhibited by one vendor. Reserve champion Hereford was exhibited by Ian and Petula Mathieson of the Stoney Creek stud, Morrinsville. It was their second time exhibiting at Beef Expo.
The winning sire from the Tru Test Super Sires class was Lot 26, Hukaroa Item, the top priced Hereford. Second place went to first time exhibitor and vendor Peter Davies with Lot 28, Charwell Nugget. This sire went on to sell for $5700. Third place in the Super Sires was Okawa Panda.
In the Honda Motorcycles unled Impact Sires class Stoney Creek Greek was judged first before selling for $7500 to Northland Hereford breeder Cam Gerrard. Second place in the unled Honda class was take home by Wisbaridge Standout offered by Keely and Peter Wisnewski from Taranaki. Standout sold for $4700. Long time Expo supporters Kevin and Jane McDonald’s bull Kairuru Haddon was judged third and sold to Auckland stud Kokonga Herefords for $8500.
The Honda Motorcycles led Impact sires class was won by Glacier Top. Second in the class was a bull from another long time supporter of Expo. Te Taumata Bonanza was placed second and sold for $6500 to the Westhold stud of the Kane family in Tapanui. Otapawa Ignite was placed third and caught the eye of the buying bench then going on to sell for the second to highest price of beef Expo - $26,000.
In the female show ring, Northland breeders the Clements family dominated with in-calf heifer, Matapouri Lydia taking top honours. The heifer went on to sell for $2700. The Keelryn stud of John and Bernice Loveridge, Taranaki had two in calf heifers that earnt second and third place. Keelryn Leonora 305 was placed second and sold for $2200 and Keelryn Leslie was third and sold for $2100.
The heifer sale averaged $2600.
John Loveridge was also judged the most competent Hereford herdsperson, the first time John has won the award.
More details from Expo to follow in the June RedRag.