Angus stud breeders, Donald and Leigh Whyte and Ryan and Sarah Hussey, of Mt Possession Angus, have sold a rising two-year-old bull for an impressive $88,000.
The bull, called Mt Possession Q53, was sold at the on-farm sale at the Mt Possession Angus stud at Hakatere Station on June 14. The price set a new South Island record.
‘‘I knew he was a good bull. I wasn’t anticipating that sort of money though,’’ Mr Hussey said.
‘‘He’s just a really, complete package. Great phenotype, the data on him is just outstanding right across the board and fantastic temperament.’’
Mt Possession Q53, was born on Hakatere Station on October 3, 2019.
He had good breed plan data, growth, fertility, carcass traits, pedigree and phenotype (the physical attributes) ‘‘He looks good and is well put together,’’ Mr Hussey said.
‘‘The really pleasing thing about him is he actually by a bull that we bred as part of the stud, out of a cow that we bred as well.’’
The sire’s name is Mt Possession M13; he was born in 2016.
The couples have a 50/50 partnership in the stud, which is run at Hakatere Station, owned by the Whyte’s in the Mid Canterbury high country.
Mr Hussey, who is also the manager of the sheep and beef side of the station’s operation, said the auction – which was their first on-farm bull sale – had been quite a success with 19 bulls sold out of the 20 up for sale.