Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | May 20, 2010

Beef Expo-ing

Returning from a day at the Beef Expo has meant many photos to download and lots of stories to write.

This week they’re for a Dominion Post rural feature publishing next week – one page-ish apiece for Young Farmer Contest, Farm Environment Awards, bulls, Angus bulls and Mt Mable Angus.

Let’s start with Mt Mable Angus. They sold a bull at Expo for $25,000 to the oldest stud in the country, Turihaua from Gisborne.  Well done Megan and Kevin. I think I mentioned them in a small world blog a month or so ago – I was sent their information by the Dom for the feature, organised to phone them for an interview, then rocked up to a woolshed party at their place with hubby, not realising they were one and the same! D’oh.

So this week was great for them (completely ignoring the fact that another bull came along 10 minutes later and sold for $1000 more, robbing them of the top-selling-bull tag). 

Then today I interview Peter Matthews from Otoka Angus at Flemington, who together with Charlie Pattison from Waiwhero Angus, bought the Champion Angus at the Expo (for a mere $14,000). Driving up the road a few kilometres, Hiwiroa Shorthorns were next – the Symes family won Champion Shorthorn and got the top Shorthorn price of $11,000. Well done!

So here I am at home, writing lots of stories. Criss crossing between young farmers, environmental people and lots of photos of bulls.  Just now I have interviewed a man from Chef’s Choice and Lindsay and Maria Johnstone from Ranui Angus in Wanganui about Steak of Origin and the Future Beef Hoof and Hook competition. Have I got some work to do tonight? Yes I have.  🙂

Here are some of my pics from Feilding:

me not getting the right settings on the camera for a pic of Tony Thompson from Waipukurau with his champion Simmental (but I thought it looked kinda cool!)

Simon Collin, centre, from Rauriki Charolais deep in thought!

and Hamish Williams from Turihaua Angus near Gisborne

Friend of mine, Sue Wylie, with another of Tony's simmentals

What is this - the TT Simmental show? This one also features my friend Sue's daughter Amy though!


Here you go, a Hereford.

and here's Master, of $25,000 fame, at his former home at Mt Mable Angus in Norsewood


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