Gisborne bull sells for record $100,000KATE TAYLORJune 24 2015Rangatira Angus Stud's "lot 18" that has been sold for an on-farm New Zealand record price of $100,000.A Gisborne bull has entered the six figure mark for the first time at a New Zealand farm sale after making $100,000.History was made at Charles and Susan Dowding's, Rangatira Angus Stud bull sale in Muriwai, Gisborne, when Rangatira 13-38 generated feverish bidding and was eventually sold to the Bayly family of Cricklewood Angus, Wairoa.The rising two year old angus bull - born August 14, 2013 - was lot 18 on the catalogue and was sired by Mt Mable Thor 660 who is a son of the stud's well known Fat Boy, who is still going strong as a nine-year-old.The difference between Facts (reality) and Fiction (assumed figures)27 April 2016 – 10 Mt Mable steers killed at Silver Fern Farms. Average live weight of 534.10 kg. Average carcase weight of 290.5 kg. All 10 steers graded within the Silver Fern Farm’s Master Grade as per their EQ system – it is a rarity for a mob of animals to achieve a 100% inclusion rate – the national average for New Zealand is apparently 29%. So rare apparently that Kevin White, the local Silver Fern Farm’s buyer did not initially send the kill sheets through – he wanted to check with the processing plant that all 10 had in fact been accepted into the EQ Master grade. All of these animals were steered because they were the poorest bull calves at weaning time – effectively cull animals – they had only ever received grass or silage and were given no special treatment. Their average Angus Pure index was $80 against the breed average of $116 and their Carcase weight EBV was an average of +26 against the breed average of +54 – again strongly suggesting that the Australasian Group Breedplan does not reflect Mt Mable cattle fairly or adequately. In a recent newspaper article a prominent South Island breeder, breeding solely for carcase data (estimated) stated that fodder beet is the answer to consistently marble New Zealand beef – based on the above we strongly disagree and suggest that while it may be the case for the genetics imported from feed lot finishing countries – it is not our experience of our New Zealand bred cattle .................... obviously.29th April 2015 – 8 Mt Mable Angus steers killed at Silver Fern Farms. Average live weight of 564.52 kg. Average carcase weight of 305.18. 7 out of the 8 steers graded within the Silver Fern Farm’s Master Grade as per the recently implemented EQ system – one steer did not – this animal developed temperament issues – despite a past President of the NZ Angus Assn advising us in 2010 that quiet animals graded terribly at the works, seemingly the ones that are anxious grade even worse.These steers had an average Angus Pure index of a measly $87 – the breed average as at 29th April 2015 is $115 – so according to Breedplan these animals, where seven out of eight graded Master Grade, were more than $28 below breed average?
2013 Sale - Mt Mable Totara 748 (Herd Book No 12188011748). He was bought by Penvose Angus, Wedderburn and Delmont Angus, Clinton for $11,000.
We have been a repeat buyer at Mt Mable for 10 years because we find the bulls have very good temperment, structural soundness and do well on our high country farm and leave good fattening and breeding prodigy.Alan Roberts - Timahanga Station (Client for 10 years)When purchasing a bull we look for the following:
- Excellent confirmation
- Quiet temperament
- Ease of Handling
Mt Mable Angus Bulls display all these qualities without a doubt.We have been purchasing bulls from Mt Mable over many years and followed Kevin & Megan to Pukerimu Station sales because we consider their bulls just that good.Any follow up dealings with Kevin & Megan have been handled extremely professionally and friendly.Geoff Jarvis - Taumarunui (Client for approx 30 years)As a neighbour of the Mt Mable stud 25 years ago, I observed strong, honest hill country cattle. I began purchasing their bulls and have done so ever since. I have found them to be inherently easy calving and quiet cattle, that finish easily to good weights.The bulls have been reliable and sire well as older bulls.Richard Neeson - Taumarunui (Client for 23 years)We purchased our first Mt Mable Angus Bull in 1990. We have had twenty two of their bulls in total. We have found them to have excellent temperament, good fertility and sound feet – very good hill country bulls. Have made our herd into a top quality and performing herd with very good weights and ease to handle and calving.We have been buying Angus Bulls since 1958. Mt Mable Bulls have been the best.Hope & Moya Gower - Ruapehu (Client 22 years)We run a very steep hill country property west of Kaikohe, Northland and have purchased Mt Mable Angus bulls for the past seven years.The No.1 attribute is their outstanding temperament and constitution. Have calved the heifers, autumn as 2½ year olds unassisted.The conformation of the progeny goes hand in hand with the rest of the makeup of our animals.Our progeny are sort after when they are sold by repeat buyers.We can thoroughly recommend Mt Mable’s Angus bulls for any situation. They are very adaptable.Grant & Alexa Acteson - Northland (Client 7 years)
Steers from Mt Mable bulls sold to Acteson’s repeat client. They are in drought in Northland and these steers are living on silage. These photos were taken in 2013.
click on photos to enlargeWe farm 420 Angus cows on the South Head Kaipara peninsula. This ischallenging steep, sand based coastal country.
Over the last 10 years we have purchased 16 bulls from Mt Mable Angus Stud. We have been impressed with the progeny from Mt Mable bulls. We have noticed an improvement in temperament in the herd and are very pleased with the early maturing of young stock.We will continue to support Mt Mable Angus with our annual bull purchases.Ken P. Bayer - Kaipara (Client 10 years)Mt Mable Bulls sold to other Stud Breeders
click on photos to enlarge2012 Sales:Mt Mable Viking 693 for $20,000
Sold to Pikoburn Angus - Tuatapere
Herd book 12188 0 10693Mt Mable Thor 660
Sold to Kaharau Angus - Gisborne
Herd book 12188 0 10660At right is a photo of Mt Mable Thor 660 - taken at Coventry Station in Gisborne yesterday (1 Feb 2015) – the bull is now r5 - click on him to enlarge and see how he has continued to grow out.Mt Mable Norse 640
Also sold to Kaharau - Gisborne
Herd book 12188 0 10640Mt Mable 425 DOB 1989 sold to Tarangower Angus at home for $7,300Mt Mable Legend 630 DOB 1993 sold to Pinepark Partnership (also Dandeloo Stud) at National Show and Sale 1995 $14,000Mt Mable 274 DOB 2005 sold to Oak View and Twin Oaks Studs at home 2007 $18,000 *Mt Mable 324 DOB 2005 sold to Mangapapa Angus at home 2007 $12,500Mt Mable 289 DOB 2005 sold to Puketoi Angus at home 2007 $8,000Mt Mable Summit 393 DOB 2006 sold to Tarangower Angus at home 2008 $9,500Mt Mable Big A 415 DOB 2007 sold to Tarangower Angus at home 2009 $10,000 ** Full BrothersMt Mable Thor 660 DOB 2010 sold to Kaharau Angus at home 2012 $11,000
Mt Mable Viking 693 DOB 2010 sold to Pikoburn Angus at home 2012 $20,000
Bull 460 sold at 2009 sale to the Bremner family near Wairoa (photos supplied)