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High steaks . . . Potential buyers survey the calves on offer. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

A calf auction at the Waiareka saleyards raised about $20,000 for the IHC on Monday.

Under the rafters . . . All ages turned up for the annual sale. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

The annual event is the first in a national series called the IHC Calf & Rural Scheme. Farmers donate a weaned animal to be sold by PGG Wrightson, with all proceeds going to support families affected by intellectual disabilities.

Sixty people attended Monday’s sale, many bidding on the 50 calves. The prices ranged from $305 to $570 a head.

The calf sales have been on the calendar for 30 years, raising more than $25 million through the donation of some 128,000 animals.

Pensive . . . The audience contemplates the price of cattle at the annual IHC calf sale at the Waiareka saleyards. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER