Big price paid for Ngapara bull

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Ngapara beef stud breeders Neil and Rose Sanderson can lay claim to being the owners of the most expensive bull in New Zealand so far this year, says Tangihau Angus manager Dean McHardy.

The Sandersons are still coming to grips with the fact that their 2-year-old bull, Fossil Creek Hero H6, sold for $55,000 at the bull sale in Ngapara on Thursday.

Rose Sanderson said she was overwhelmed.

“We are just absolutely taken aback by the price the bull went for. Still coming to terms with it and how much it sold for. That’s a lot of money.”

The bull fitted a lot of the required criteria and was not only a healthy animal, but one of top quality.

“It was a good all round bull, which rated highly in a number of categories, so that was pleasing,” Mr Sanderson said.

At the sale, 43 beef stud breed bulls sold for an average of $7128 each, while 12 sharaway bulls were sold for an average of $4250 each.

Mr Sanderson said they were pretty pleased with those results.

“The sales didn’t do too bad and the big sale of $55,000 helped a bit, but didn’t take all the glory. We were happy with the outcome of the others.”

Commercial companies were after the bull, but Mr Sanderson was happy it went to a beef stud breeder, Tangihau Angus, from Gisborne.

Tangihau Angus manager Dean McHardy said the bull was a fantastic pick-up.

“It was a great pick. The bull scored really highly in a lot of areas so we knew it was definitely worth spending some money on making sure we got him.”

Mr McHardy didn’t feel he overpaid to get the bull.

“There were some commercial people after the bull also, so we made an offer we thought it was worth and they took it.”

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY