Positives all round. An Autumn like never before, stock prices like never before, and a really positive outlook for farming, all makes it easy to be in a good frame of mind.
It would be easy to sit here and say how badly off we've been dealt with by droughts and in particular earthquakes, but although they have impacted on us significantly I prefer to look upon them as yet another challenge to overcome. Yes, we still get a good shake a couple times a week, but as I keep telling the kids “its character building”.
I wrote last year that I believed we had just weaned our best ever crop of calves, and it is with great pleasure that I say that they have carried themselves though to R2’s and I still feel the same way about them- even more so in fact. The team of bulls this year, as well as the R2 heifers are a great example of what we are trying to breed here. Lovely to handle, deep, thickset carcasses and with excellent, very balanced EBV’s.
We have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years investing in top genetics, bulls, semen, A.I programmes, that investment is paying dividends in the quality of stock you will see on display.
Taimate bred calves continue to rock the sale yards. The recent Marlborough High Country Calf Sale was topped by Taimate client Mt Carmel with $1280 for 276kg steers. Almost $100/hd better than other Angus steers of the same weight. Finishers are clearly prepared to pay extra for quality that’s infront of them- not just what the paperwork says.
I hope that the next 12 months is enjoyable and rewarding for you all in your farming endeavours. Kick it off by coming along to Taimate on June 19th, not to buy a bull, but to have a bloody good day out.
Look forward to seeing you here.