2023 Bull Sale

What a tumultuous year it has been with the cyclones affecting many farmers in the north and east, some of our clients included. We’ve never had so much grass but unfortunately going into the winter with no cows to speak of to clean it all up. How bizarre is that, just when the value of the cow comes into her own.

This year’s team of bulls which will be trimmed down to about the mid thirties are in forward condition and I think reflect the direction that the Merchiston program is heading. We are now finishing clients’ cattle through the Alliance Hand Picked program and are seeing the results of our breeding program. There are tweaks to be made for sure, but the breeding program going forward will reflect the cattle that we need to be able to finish, on time, and up to a weight of at least 320kg on the hooks.

We have noticed an upswing of demand for Mecrchiston bred weaners at Feilding, because the finishers know that they will perform for them. This has been reflected in the prices for these cattle reaching $1300 for 290kg weaners and multiple lots making $1200 to $1300 for 270kg to 290kg weaners. This is a real testament to the type of cattle we have bred over many years.

This year we introduce 2 Baldridge sires to our breeding program, both out of the same cow family. Always, the females are key to the success of any program, and I think especially that Baldridge Goalkeeper could well be a sensation. The progeny by this bull are unbelievable both bulls and heifers and are complemented by a trait leading +42 EBV for docility. Time will tell, but I would predict that he will outperform his quarter brother Baldridge Beast Mode.

We welcome you through our gates to this years sale.



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