Meat & Livestock News

New Zealand Beef Excels in the International Market

TL;DR: Australian and Scottish buyers acquired top New Zealand beef and lamb genetics, with record prices achieved at sales near Christchurch and Manawatū, highlighting international demand for premium livestock.

Australian Buyers Show Interest

Australian buyers from four states successfully bid on 10 lots of Silverstream Charolais genetics. The sale took place this month near Christchurch.

Record Prices Achieved

Silverstream Suze M5, an eight-year-old cow, fetched the top price of $16,000. The buyers were Myona Charolais in New South Wales and Winkel Park Charolais in Victoria.

Heifers Also in Demand

The highest-priced heifer calf, Silverstream Chander U137, sold for $10,000. She went to Bardoo Charolais and Pasture Seeds in Western Australia. Silverstream Angelica T151, a two-year-old heifer, garnered $14,000, purchased by Charnelle Charolais and Black Duck Charolais in Queensland.

Full Clearance Reported

Brent and Anna Fisher, the vendors, expressed satisfaction with the sale results. They sold older and younger females and six packages of 10 semen straws.

Australian Plans

The cows and heifers bought will remain in New Zealand for the current calving season. Afterward, they will undergo embryo transfers.

Large Purchases

Rowen Sandford of Topaki Charolais in Hawke’s Bay was the volume purchaser.

Global Interest

The Atahua Angus female dispersal also saw international success. Buyers from Australia and Scotland acquired several lots. The top price at this sale was $18,000 for Atahua Kawa 630-19.

Scottish Participation

Scottish breeder Wanda Hobbs made significant purchases, including Atahua Perdita 729-20 for $13,000. She collaborated with Kenhardt Angus from Hawke’s Bay for this acquisition.