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The first Helmsman auction used for a Southland
deer sale has been heralded a success.
The auction system, which sees bids continually
updated on a whiteboard, was debuted at David
and Lynley Stevens’ Netherdale Red Deer Stud
sale at Balfour last week.
After a slow start, buyers got the hang of things
and interest soon grew as people could see the
prices rising for various animals and either stick
with their first choice or start bidding on another.
Buyers wrote their bid and the lot number on
a card and the prices were updated on the
whiteboard as the bids came in, enabling all lots
to be bid on simultaneously.
One observer noted 28 bids on one lot –
something that was unlikely to happen during a
Mr Stevens, who offered a mix of trophy and
velvet genetics in the 26 stags on offer, had
no previous experience with the Helmsman
system and said he didn’t know what to expect
going into the sale but he was pleased with the
“I think the top end was good considering where
the velvet market is at the moment,” Mr Stevens
Netherdale’s 22nd annual sale – the 12th
purpose-built on-farm arena, attracted buyers
from throughout New Zealand. Fifteen stags,
including all of the velveters, sold along with all
of the hinds on offer. The top price of $16,500
was paid by M J Rupert of the Waikato, with
three other stags fetching around $10,000.
Commercial stags sold for $2050 and $2100
while the 18-month hinds were $2000 to $425.
PGG Wrightson deer representative Brian
Duggan attended four other red deer sales
around Southland during the past week and
said, while there were limited passings at some,
all were good, successful sales.
“As a company we were absolutely delighted
with the prices we got given the number of
farms converted to dairying and the slow sale of
velvet,” he said.
Netherdale and Queenstown’s Remarkables
Park were the only farms to adopt the Helmsman
auction system and it had worked well for them.
“With Helmsman you don’t sell quite as many
but you seem to get more money for the ones
you do sell,” Mr Duggan said.
At the completion of the sale the Stevens’ turned
on the hospitality, providing a barbecue for all
who attended which Mr Stevens said was a key
component of the event.
By Chris Carran
The annual Lochinvar Wapiti
sale was held on Sunday
January 18. There were 32
animals on offer – 26 were
sold and six passed in.
The average price was just
under $3900. The top price
paid was $6600.
Animals sold spread from
North Canterbury to Te Anau.
The yarding was handled by
local members of the Deer
Farmers Association and the
bar was done by the Te Anau
The barbecue was handled by
Brian Risk who, once again, did
a marvellous job.
Thanks guys, we appreciate
Community Shears, held at
Castlerock last weekend, was
another resounding success.
President Ian Grant said diminishing
sheep numbers showed no impact
on the calibre of shearers who
turned up from all over the country
to contest the New Zealand Long
Long Range, the property managed
by Mr Grant, has been supplying
sheep for the event for about 12
years but this was only the second
time the entire event had been held
The open title went to the
reigning Golden Shears champion
John Kirkpatrick, of Napier but
Southlanders featured prominently
in the top placings.
The Northern Southland event last
Friday was part of a busy weekend
on the competitive shearing circuit,
with speed shears held at the
Otautau Hotel the night before and
at the Winton Hotel that evening
and the New Zealand crossbred
lamb shearing championships at the
Winton A and P Show the following
Mr Grant said hosting the shearing
competition was a community-wide
effort and although the organising
committee was small, they were
fortunate to have an army of helpers
prepared to pitch in on the day. He
paid special tribute to secretary
Patsy Shirley and treasurer Jenny
Campbell for their outstanding
efforts over a long period of time.
However, he urged sheep farmers to
take more of an interest in the event
if they wanted to promote quality
shearing into the future.
“There’s a great turnout today but it
has declined a bit. Getting personnel
to organise and run it is the biggest
problem,” he said.
“Wool’s not worth anything at the
moment, if it was sheep farmers
would take an interest... we really
need them to help run it.
“I think it’s a bloody good event and
we’ve got to keep young shearers
coming on... there will always be
sheep about even if there’s less of
them,” Mr Grant said.
Open shearing final: John Kirkpatrick
(Napier) 1, Nathan Stratford (Invercargill) 2,
Alton Devery (Tuatapere) 3, Cam Ferguson
(Waipawa) 4, James Fagan (Te Kuiti) 5, Troy
Pyper (Invercargill) 6.
Senior shearing final: Floyd Haare (Ohai) 1,
Maaka Rangiwai (Mataura) 2, Rob Mainland
(Invercargill) 3, Kelvin Mainland (Invercargill)
4, Scott Welsh (Thornbury) 5, Mathew Neal 6.
Intermediate shearing final: Cain Kahukura
(Omakau) 1, Micheal Weatherburn (Gore) 2,
Jimmy-Joe Elers (Mataura ) 3, Mason Adams
(Lumsden) 4, Willie Hewitson (Woodlands) 5,
Brook Todd (Dipton) 6.
Junior shearing final: Jake Rangiwai (Mataura)
1, Chris Morris (Otautau) 2, Shane Ross
(Gore) 3, Linton Palmer (Dipton) 4, Patrick
O’Donovan (Ireland) 5, Rangi Manahi 6.
Open woolhandling: Joel Henare 1, Gina
Nathan 2, Keryn Herbert 3.
Senior woolhandling: April Flagstaff 1, Candy
Hiri 2, Roberta Haare 3.
Junior woolhandling: Amy Ruki 1, Kate Hurley
2, Syl Sefefano 3.
PGG Wrightson agent Brian Newell updating the
whiteboard with the latest bids during the Netherdale
Red Deer Stud sale last week, the first Helmsman
auction held at a Southland deer sale.
Auction debut success
Top wapiti fetches $6600 at Lochinvar
Mason Adams, of Lumsden, on his way to fourth place in the intermediate final at
the Northern Southland Community
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