Prices at the weekly Waiareka stock sale soared as buyers bid high to support North Otago Young Farmers earthquake recovery fundraiser.
The call for stock over the weekend resulted in the donation of 240 sheep and 72 cattle which went under the hammer yesterday.
North Otago District chairman Greig Moore said:
“I came into this thinking we’d make about $10,000 – not quite half way through it I started to think we were going to blow it out of the water.”
And blow it out of the water they did. Over $68,000 was raised with every cent to go straight to the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Fund.
Greig said that a lot of people turned out for the sale and the stock went for much higher than the usual sale price. Prime ewes sold for $184, prime lambs went for $180 and prime cattle averaged at a price of $944.77.
“One person ended up selling an angus steer for over $1300 alone.”
Greig says that thanks must be made to those that donated and bought stock and also to several trucking companies: North Otago Transport, Rural Transport, Mainland Agri Transport, Waimate Transport and Bennett Transport all donated their cartage for free.
Stock agents also gave their services for free: PGG Wrightson and Whitestone Livestock stock agents waived their commissions for the sale.
My farmer has been going to that sale for more than 40 years and said this was the first time he didn’t mind paying well above market price for stock.
Sally Rae reports on the sale in the ODT.
UPDATE: While on the subject of fundraisers, if they’re felling oak trees in Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens, why not offer them to woodturners and furniture makers? Either auction the timber or give the trees to craftspeople who are willing to donate what they make from it to be sold for the quake recovery.