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International buyers strong at Autumn Harvest Sale

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The Autumn Harvest sale gave many of New Zealand’s young breeders the opportunity to be involved.

New Zealand is well and truly on the world map for registered cattle and multi-breed appeal after the Autumn Harvest Sale at the Cambridge Raceway on April 22.

Of the 60 lots, the top price was $12,500, with an average across all breeds of $6013. More than 400 people attended the evening event.

Notably 10% of the sale sold to international buyers from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia.

Sale organiser Dean Malcolm, of Bluechip Marketing, said the result [and the wash-up] proved they had the mix right.

“We had a huge crowd and a lot of buzz, which was extremely positive for the industry,” Dean said. “We had international enquiry before the sale, and to get six sold that way proves to me we had the product people wanted.”


Top price $12,500


He said the top price of $12,500 for the Ayrshire which sold at Lot 1, Kiteroa Cream Burdette, gave the sale a strong start. She was bought by Peter, Heather, and Jamie Baxter, from Tirau.

“With that top price and the final average made it a solid sale from start to finish for me.” Dean said. “There was still good buying for people as well.

“I think we broke down the breed barriers a lot for New Zealand in this sale. There was a lot of multi-breed bidding, a lot of young people bidding, and there was also a lot of online interest.

“We had about 150 bids that came through the two online selling platforms, in addition to our livestream video.”

The top Holstein price was paid for lot 6, Pincots Doorman Angel-Imp-ET-EXC. She sold for $11,000 to well-known Jersey breeders, Ferdon Genetics, from Otorohanga.


International buyers add hype


Frank and Diane Borba, from the United States, paid the second top price overall and the top price in the Jersey offering [$12,000] for Lot 4 – Fynreath Joel Dutchess-Imp-ET, in partnership with Bluechip Marketing. She will continue to be housed with her breeders at Fynreath Genetics.

“Frank and Diane are one of the biggest names in the world for registered cattle, and they are one of the most exciting buyers you can get,” Dean said.

The sole Milking Shorthorn to sell, Westell Supreme Abbie, sold for $4500 to Julie and Brian Pirie, from Thames.

The top Brown Swiss lot was lot 35, Topline Cadence Siena, offered by Topline Genetics. She was bought by Susie Woodward, of Woodward Farms, Otorohanga.

The top-priced embryo package, which was offered by Australian Declan Patten, included five Peak Jagger embryos from Murribrook Doorman Candace EX93. They sold for $1900 per embryo [$9500] to Bellbrook Farming’s Robbie Wakelin, in Canterbury.

The balance of the international buyers included Paul and Vicki Timbs, from NSW. They bought Ayrshire Glenalla Kingsire Delilah at Lot 3 for $6000. Delilah will continue to reside at her breeders, Glenalla and Snowfed Farms, at Ashburton, in Canterbury. The Jaspers Brush couple also bought Lot 25, an Ayrshire embryo package, which was offered by fellow Australian Munden Farms.

Lot 13, Arran Vitali Gracie, was bought for $5000 by UK Syndicate “The 3 Amigos”, which includes Alan Timbrell, Blaise Tomlinson and Lisa Window-Walker. Another UK buyer, Simon Gaskin, bought lot 53, Ferdon Chrom Brighteyes for $5250. She will be managed by Ferdon Genetics on behalf of her buyer.

A UK buyer bought Lot 30 – which included five embryos offered by a New Zealand couple who are now living in the UK – Brent and Ann Crothers, of Toi Toi Genetics. The embryo package – sired by sexed Sidekick from Knowlesmere Crush Diamond – sold to Robert Cowgill, of Lancashire.

An Australian buyer, Brett Hayter, was the last man standing on Lot 36, which was a package of five Brown Swiss embryos offered by arguably Australia’s most successful Swiss breeder, Tandara Farms. The OMalley embryos from Tandara Etvie Heidi sold for $1600 per embryo [$8000].


Finish on a high


Dean said it was pleasing to see the final live lot Tahora Pharo Lorraine, make $8500 for her sellers, Tahora Farms, from Tai Tapu, Canterbury.

“Duncan [Pipe, fellow sale organiser] and I put a fair bit of thought into the structure of the sale and what comprised the top 10 lots, what was mid-range, and what lots were going to finish,” Dean said.

“It was great to end on a great price, because that was a bit of the plan all the way through. It made sense to finish with Tahora because they have such a great name, and an extremely loyal following. So, we knew people would support that last lot, and that’s what happened.

“All our sale crew did a really nice job, and I was proud of the animals when they hit the ring. It helped that the vendors had done a nice job on-farm, and hopefully we finished it off for them.

“Everyone has been asking if we’d do one next year. But, my feeling at the moment is that this sort of sale is a biannual thing, if you want to sustain it long-term. We can’t thank everyone enough for their interest and support.”


Averages by breed:

Holstein: $6338

Jersey: $5571

Ayrshire: $6062

Brown Swiss: $4312

Milking Shorthorn: $4500

Annual Conference Sale Results 2021

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The NZ Milking Shorthorn Association held it’s Annual Conference on the 12-14 April.

As part of the conference, Link Livestock hosted the Milking Shorthorn sale which saw some great prices across the board.


  • R2’s – $2,273.53
  • R1’s – $1,405.56
  • Males – $1,000.00

Top Seller :  Lot 10  ~  KYRH-19-190  ~  Brecon Po Mystique P. Sold for $4,550.00. Congratulations Red Cow Farms Ltd, M & J McDonald.

NZ Dairy Event 2021

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HELD: 27th – 28th January, Manfeild – Feilding


Combined Breeds Dry Stock Section

Class Place Animal Owner
Junior Heifer Calf 1st Westell Supreme Abbie Westell Properties
Junior Heifer Calf 2nd Oliver Woods O Erina Oliver Woods
Junior Heifer Calf 3rd Northbrook Highway Northbrook Enterprises Limited
Senior Heifer Calf 1st Westell Supreme Nikki Molly Fletcher
Senior Heifer Calf 3rd Northbrook White Mello Northbrook Enterprises Limited
Junior Yearling Heifer 2nd Waiwera Elliot S1S Four Ways Farm LTD
Junior Yearling Heifer 3rd Waiwera Oliver Trixie Four Ways Farm LTD
Senior Yearling Heifer 1st Westell Jedi Saddie S1S Ella Pirie

Combined Breeds Intermediate In-Milk Section

Class Place Animal Owner
2 Year Old In-Milk 3rd Northbrook CR Tinsel Northbrook Enterprises Limited
3 Year Old In-Milk 2nd Northbrook Open Northbrook Enterprises Limited

Intermediate In-Milk Combine Breeds Reserve Champion

Northbrook Open – Northbrook Enterprises Limited

Combined Breeds Senior In-Milk Section

Class Place Animal Owner
4 Year Old In-Milk 1st Bekay Plato Marley-ET Northbrook Enterprises LTD
4 Year Old In-Milk 2nd Oliver Woods Pett Oliver Woods
4 Year Old In-Milk 3rd Oliver Woods Effie Oliver Woods
5 & 6 Years Old In-Milk 1st Westell Carbo Sami S0S Westell Properties
5 & 6 Years Old In-Milk 2nd Northbrook Whirlwind Northbrook Enterprises Limited
5 & 6 Years Old In-Milk 3rd Kowhai Lucy Kowhai
7 Years Old & Over In-Milk 2nd Northbrook Way Northbrook Enterprises Limited

Combined Breeds Best Uddered Senior Cow, Combined Breeds Senior In-Milk Champion, and Combined Breeds Supreme Champion:

Westell Carbo Sami SOS – Westell Properties

North Island Championship – Waikato A&P Show

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1st place HEIFER IN MILK, 2 years old

Ella Pirie, Northbrook C Margo

1st place COW IN MILK, 3 years old

Westell Properties, Westell Angelo Freya S1S

1st place COW IN MILK, 4 years old
Ella Pirie, Westell Pingerly Fleur S1S

1st place COW IN MILK, 7 years and over
Tauhei Farms Ltd, Kaiheree Ping Gwen

1st place COW IN MILK, 5 & 6 years old

Westell Properties, Westell Carbo Sami S0S


Westell Properties, Westell Carbo Sami S0S

Ella Pirie, Laurendale Jazz Oakley

Westell Properties, Westell Supreme Nikki SOS


Ella Pirie, Westell Jedi Saddie S1S

South Island Championship – South Otago A&P 2020

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Senior Champion: Burness EMP Phil  (12 yrs old Cow) Logan & Nicky Kelly (Photograph above) Phil, was also the All breeds Champion & Ravensdown Supreme Animal of the Show.

Reserve Champion: Burness EMP Maid  (Cow is on right in photo, with Stewart Kelly on halter, logan 1st cousin)

Logan & Phil leading the Grand Parade

All Breeds Judges Kate Cummings & Ray Dickie Judging with Logan & Phil in the background

Reserve Junior Champion: Lowburn Supreme Bear  (Simmons Family) Jack Simmons on halter

Junior Champion: Lowburn Supreme Sprinkles (Simmons Family) Kimberly Simmons on halter

(Photograph of Junior Champ)

The Shorthorn Calf Class had 9 Entries.

Waikato Branch Field Day

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The Waikato Milking Shorthorn Branch invite you to their spring fielday and prize giving.

WHEN: Saturday 21st November at 11am

HELD AT: Dibbles “Kaihere” Milking Shorthorn herd at 316 Eastport Road, Elstow. Supply# 76354 (Near Te Aroha)

Pleae Note: Main home now occupied by Farm Manager Brendon, his fiancee Tracey and Family

Meet at the dairy farm, after looking at the herd, we will move to 94 Ngutumanga Road, Waihou (Jim’s house) for a shared lunch, please bring a plate. After lunch we will inspect the young stock.

The dibble family will be celebrating 100 years of the “Kaihere” stud started in the 1920 by RR Dibble.


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The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the New Zealand Milking Shorthorn Assn (Inc) will now be held as follows:

Date – Friday 31 July 2020
Location – Willow Park Tavern, 820 Tremaine Avenue, Palmerston North

Members can arrive from 12pm and purchase a pub lunch before the meeting commences at 1.15 pm.  This meeting replaces the AGM that was originally scheduled for March 2020 and was postponed due to the Covid-19 global pandemic lockdown.  The agenda will remain the same as that contained in the Annual Report that was issued in early March.  A copy of this is attached, hard copies can be posted on request to the office and will be available at the meeting.

It would be helpful for meeting arrangements if you would notify the office by Wednesday 29 July if you are going to attend so that voting cards can be prepared.

This is an Annual General Meeting only to complete the constitutional requirements for the Association for the 2019 financial year.  There will be no Conference component.  Please feel free to contact Pam Goodin if you have any questions

NZMSA Photo Competition

Photo Competition 2020

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    • The competition to consist of the following classes:
      • (A)   Mature Cow, 4 years and over
      • (B)   Cow, 3 years old
      • (C)   Heifer, 2 years old
      • (D)   Heifer, 1 year old
      • (E)   Heifer Calf
      • (F)   Bull, one year or under
      • (G)   Bull, two years and over
      • (H)   Herd Scene
      • (I)   Special Class, for photographs depicting a Milking Shorthorn activity or personality (Novelty, fun or social)
    • The judge to be appointed by the organisers and may be a judge of any breed.
    • Animals in individual photographs to be registered or eligible for registration.
    • Photographs which have won first or second prize in a previous competition are ineligible for from further competition. A photograph of the same animal can be resubmitted if in a different photograph. Present season photographs are preferred.
    • The quality of the animal is to be judged as well as the whole photograph being taken into consideration.
    • Photographs submitted can be used for promotion by NZMSA.
    • Photographs are to be submitted electronically to or posted to NZ Milking Shorthorn Assn, 595 Ruakura Rd, R D 6 Hamilton 3296. All entries must be accompanied by the entry form.

Northbrook – Tender Sale 2020

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Pure and Blended Milking Shorthorn Sale

In conjunction with the PGG Wrightson

To be held via tender process:
David and Johanna Wood – “Northbrook”
806 Reid Line East, RD 11, Palmerston North 4481 (Dairy No. 44643)
Ph: (06) 329 2648
Cell: 0272 744 279


Offering 50 Head
50 Rising 2 Year old In-Calf Heifers
Heifers have been split into two (2) lines of twenty five (25) each
• Line A – 25 heifers to be offered via tender on individuals or on 1st pick of a number of animals.
• Line B – 25 heifers at $1750 each (for the line) with the ability to reject 3 heifers. If you wish to purchase Line B, please contact a PGG agent directly.

All cattle are E.B.L. Free – T.B status C10 Accreditation – Inoculated against Leptospirosis

Purchasers wishing to inspect stock prior to sale are welcome to do so, provided the Level 4 Alert is lifted and we move to an Alert Level that allows this. Please ring David on 0272 744 279 to arrange a time.

NZ Milking Shorthorn Sale

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Covid 19 Cancelled the Conference but not the Sale!

With the utilization of modern technology in the form of the Bidr On Line Auction Platform, Link Livestock Limited was able to hold the NZ Milking Shorthorn AGM Sale in spite of Covid 19 ,on Thursday 26th March at 8pm with a busy bench of registered buyers and watchers. A simple press on the mouse replaced a nod of the head or a wave of the catalogue resulting in a good clearance of the offering.

The audience was presented with a 3GP, photo/video and footnote of each animal as well as some herd information. A dummy lot was offered first to get buyers familiar with the process, then the real auction began of a well presented offering.

17 of the 20 incalf heifers sold at an average price of $1649-00, 1 pick of the herd $2500, 3 yearling heifers averaged $1183, 1 R2 Bull $2150 and 2 R1 Bulls at $550.

This is a relatively new sales concept particularly for stud dairy cattle but one which we believe will play an important part in future stock transactions. This is also an additional option to promote the Milking Shorthorn Breed to dairy farmers.

Link Livestock Ltd appreciates the opportunity given to us. Paddock or Auction we are here to help.

Ross Riddell – Link Livestock – 027 211 1112