Stock prices soar for earthquake recovery


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.

It’s still raining


We’ve now had about 180 mls of rain  in the last couple of days, considerably more than we’d had in total since  the start of the year as this Otago Regional Council graph shows:

State Highway 1 closed from the north yesterday morning. The radio told us it had closed from the south too, but it was open until late afternoon.

I had to go into Oamaru yesterday morning and on the way home stopped in Enfield to pick up a Road Closed  sign which had blown over. While I was doing that a car stopped and the driver asked for directions to Christchurch.

They were Australian tourists. Their map had only main roads so I brought them home to print some Google maps for them. My farmer rang Rural Transport because truck firms usually have the most reliable information on roads. Rex told us the only way to get north from here was the very long way – inland to Omarama then north via Tekapo, Fairlie and Geraldine.

I managed to get in to town to MC  the Enterprising Rural Women Awards last night and the road was still open when I came home.

It’s still raining but my farmer has just phoned from the top of the farm. He says there’s no snow on the Kakanui Mountains and he can see a break in the weather to the south.

As timing goes it could be worse – cows are being dried off and no-one’s lambing or calving.

However hundreds of people will be trying to shift home because the current dairy season ends on Monday and this is when sharemilkers, dairy farm managers, staff and stock move farms in large numbers.

Roads closed throughout Canterbury and Otago will make that difficult.

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