Prices at stag sale ‘pretty fair money’

Bidders showed plenty of interest at the Rothesay stag sale yesterday afternoon.
Photos Colin Williscroft

Around 50 people braved yesterday’s wet weather to attend Rothesay Deer’s annual stag sale.

Top price of the day was $15,000, which was achieved for two separate lots at the sale, held on the property just out of Methven.

Auctioneer Neville Clark was pleased with the interest shown by bidders and the prices paid.

“It was a pretty good clearance. I thought the prices were good without being over the top,” he said.

“It was pretty fair money all the way through.”

Clark said the deer industry was in a good place right now, which was reflected by interest shown at a number of recent stag sales in the North Island.

“Velvet’s going good, venison is excellent and the trophy market is pretty good as well.

“It’s a credit to the breeders and the gains they’ve made in the last 15 years or so.”

Rothesay owner Donald Greig was happy with the money that changed hands and believed buyers would be happy with their purchases.

He said many of those at the sale were regulars who had bought off him before, so they had a good idea of what they would be getting. It was the fourth stag sale in the central and lower South Island this week, following other events Rupert Red Deer and Deer Genetics New Zealand, both Geraldine, and Foveran Deer Park at Kurow.

Today is the turn of Southland’s Netherdale Red Deer Stud, while other upcoming sales include Black Forest Park at Outram (Saturday), Connemara Wapiti at Manapouri (Sunday) and Wilkins Farming in Southland on Monday.

A full report on this week’s sales will appear in Tuesday’s issue of Guardian Farming

– By Colin Williscroft