Two new Beltex breed records in New Zealand were set at the Gallagher family’s second sale, held in mid-Canterbury, earlier this month when a ram lamb sold for NZ$22,000.
The day’s top call was knocked down to Sterl Roadley, Mautgaturoto, Northland.
Close behind at NZ$21,000 was another ram lamb, selling this time to the Robinson family, Wyndham, Southland.
Both sale leaders were the result of embryos exported from Andrew Baillie’s Lanarkshire based Callacrag flock and also achieved the highest prices paid for ram lambs in New Zealand for some 20 years.
Mr Baillie exported more than 100 embryos and 200 straws of semen last year.
The sale also included the first New Zealand sale of Beltex cross two-tooth ewes and ewe lambs.
With many returning buyers from last year’s sale plus strong interest from new buyers reported, Beltex New Zealand say farmers have built up confidence in the breed and stock is now travelling throughout the country from Northland to Bluff in the south.
Averages: Pure-bred ram lambs, NZ$8,500; Cross-bred lambs, NZ$2,050.