A case of love at first sight

The top price was paid for the catalogue’s cover girl – Tahora Octane Love at Lot 4.


Tahora Farm’s highly anticipated Holstein dairy sale averaged $9486 with a top price of $30,000 at the Tai Tapu Hotel on April 29.

A crowd of more than 400 squeezed into the Canterbury hotel to watch the action under Australian auctioneer Brian Leslie.

The top price was paid for the catalogue’s cover girl – Tahora Octane Love at Lot 4. She was bought by Karen Fitzgerald, of Feilding. Fitzgerald’s 15-year-old daughter, Zara Williams, was at the sale in her mother’s stead and said she had travelled to the sale with Fitzgerald’s partner, Selwyn Donald, hoping Love would be joining their herd.

Love hit the sale ring with runs on the board. The four-year-old had been Intermediate Champion and All Breeds Champion at the 2021 Christchurch Show, along with All Breeds Champion at the Ellesmere Show in 2021.

“When we saw her at the Christchurch Show, we just fell in love with her,” Williams said. “Mum was the main reason we bought her, and she was pretty determined to get her.”

She said they were excited to be planning to take her home, and they hoped to return her to the show ring.

“I’m happy and excited, honestly. We’ve been watching her for ages, and she’s gorgeous. Mum was crying on the phone because she was excited, and then Selwyn came over to me, and he had tears in his eyes too.”

The second top price was paid by the Fullerton family, of Hamilton for lot 12, Tahora Mogul Paris. She sold for $28,000.

The third top price also went to the North Island to the well-known jersey herd of Ferdon Genetics, at Otorohanga.

They had to wait for the very last animal to secure their piece of Tahora.

They paid $25,000 for lot 70, Tahora Tatoo Brittany.

The sale kept up a solid pace throughout, with 19-head sold online through selling platform Bidr.

Volume buyers included Newlands Whytock (Te Awamutu, seven head), Eades (Gore, five head) and Jo Dorn (Stratford, three head).

There was one speckle park February-born heifer calf included at Lot 69.

She sold for $13,000 to Paisley Price Farm Ltd, at Brookside.

– By Pat Deavoll