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Holme Station Sale Yards - 1st February 2008

 On wet sale days tractors would tow loaded sheep trucks out of the mud. Trucks loading miday 28 Jan. 2005. Photo taken by Pam Gibson.

On a February 1st at 10: 30 am with a large crowd present the opening speeches were held to mark the end of another rural institution. At 11 am saw the start and the end of an annual event, the Holme Station Sheep Sale.  The yards with the old boards, rusty nails and baling twine held together for this the last sale, the centennial sale. Due to economics to carry on was out of the question. The yards have served three generations and have been not only been supported by stock and station firms, clients, buyers, sellers, farmers and but by their wives over the last century. The sale always had "a community feel" and it was always great to see the same people each year.  It was the women of the district who were the catering team, they were volunteers, and enjoyed the day as much as anyone working together in the small corrugated tin shed and catching up on the social chatter. They always pulled together to put on the morning tea with fruit cakes and sandwiches. 

The sale yards are situated on the corner of the Pareora River Road and Holme Station Road about 2½ km west of the Southburn School/hall/church cross roads, at the Holme Station Corner. Trucks would often park in the triangle. Map

The Catering Team - getting together for a common cause.

We provided corned beef, cheese and pineapple, egg, tomato and salmon sandwiches, plus scones and fruit cake. $3.00 purchased three sandwiches and a cup of tea or coffee; fruit cake and scones were 50c a piece. We have had it at that price for about 10 years - could have put it up, but felt that it was better kept down to entice the buyers in!! The helpers - Sue Scott, Barbara Scott, Ngadia Manchester, Lovaine Wingrove and Lynda Crossen all donate a filling and margarine, while I provided the fruit cake, tea, coffee, milk and sugar. The cost of the bread comes out of the profit. This year Barbara and I donated scones - and raspberry jam and whipped cream was available for those who wanted that on top! I was at the sale yards before 8 am and filled the copper, then set and lit the fire. It takes about 1½ to 1¾ hours for the water to boil - if I keep the wood up to it. We women enjoy the day and the chance to natter as we make the sandwiches. After the sale finished many folk stood round yarning while having a cup of tea or coffee and sandwiches. Scones and fruit cake were also available. We closed the door about 1.15pm when all the food was sold.  - wrote Pam Gibson the catering convenor for the last twenty years.

Miss Marjorie Caird was head of the catering team in the 1970s - she always knew how much bread to order. 
 "It depended on the number of stock in the sale - and she allowed two loaves of bread for every 1000 head of stock."

"26 dollars, at 26 dollars"

Because of the dry weather, and coupled with poor returns for meat and wool and the number of farms converting to dairying or dairy support, the stock numbers are predicted to be way, way down. So chances of a spectacular sale are minimal. "There was only a small yarding of sheep - 3628 on the sale schedule - and not all were sold at auction. The actual sale lasted only about twenty minutes, a far cry from the days when there were 10,000 to 13000 + stock entered. They were big days then. The last two pens sold were of donated ewes and lambs - these were auctioned by two retired stock agents - Jim Scott and John Munro. This was an exciting few minutes - and I think the pens probably topped the sale prices for the day! The Red Cross will benefit from the sale of those two pens - to the tune of over $2000 I suspect. What a splendid way to mark the end of an era!"  - wrote Pam Gibson. "The yardings have always been a reflection of the current state of the industry. There have been years with huge yardings and other years when there has been a low number, " said Chris Elworthy, former Gordon's Valley farmer.


Timaru Herald 2 February 2008
For Pryce Parry, 94, the trip to the yards was an annual trip. "I think I've been coming here for about 71 years. I've seen a lot of sales," he said, with a smile. The sprightly man's family farm had been in Holme Station since 1896. He remembered the sale's heyday in the 1950s and 1960s. "Not being a farmer now I am not too upset about the sale finishing but I do remember the good old days of farming here." He also remembered driving to town in a horse and gig, and when the main street of Timaru had water troughs. Alec Darling has been going to the sale for many years. For 81-year-old Mr Darling the day was also about sharing stories. "I've missed a few sales because I now live in Geraldine. "My father bought a farm in 1939 near here (Holme Station) and I used to come here every second week for a stock sale." He recalled at one sale in the late 1940s when pigs had been part of the items up for auction.

John Munro. The final pen. Photo taken 1st Feb. 2008 by Pam Gibson.

Holme Station Sale schedule 2008 - and breeds sold were Romney, Perendale, Border Romney, Corriedale, Romney X, Highlander, Romney/Coopworth x, and Half Bred ewes and Romdale 1st x ewe lambs. The Highlander is a cross between Romney, Finn and Texel breeds. There were 690 3/4/5sh Highlander ewes in the sale - capital stock as a result of a farm at Hunter converting to dairying or dairy support. The quantity of stock depended on the climate and availability of feed. If there was a dry season with less feed around more stock would be sold. Sheep numbers:
1999 - 4303 sold
2000 - 8500 sold
2001 - 7000 sold
2002 - 5280 sold

Pen # 7 - 193  3-shear corriedales, and they were capital stock, which probably indicates a change in farming - or perhaps the dry weather forcing downsizing of the total flock. Over the past ten years the number of sheep put up for sale has been declining. There has been a 'stampede' out of sheep farming and into dairy farming. The Firms: PGG combined with Wrightsons in 2005 - National Mortgage, Dalgetys, Wright Stevensons and Canterbury Farmers (CFCA) and Pyne Gould Guinness are now merged into one company. Its just a sign of the times.

Sheep farming in crisis
The Timaru Herald Friday, 21 December 2007

Sheep farming now is worse than it was in the crash of the mid-1980s and the exodus from the industry will force meatworks closures, say South Canterbury farmers. Whether Smithfield or Pareora will be affected remains to be seen but with ewe numbers as much as 20 per cent down by next winter the local lamb crop is set to plummet, they predict. Then, the removal of subsidies and an economic downturn was compounded by drought and over twenty local farmers took grants to leave the industry. Now it is a third season of poor prices, climbing costs, and demand for dairying or dairy support land that is driving farmers from the sector. "Suddenly the works are going to think their throats are cut because there won't be any lambs to kill." Meat and Wool New Zealand forecasts the South Island lamb kill will drop from 14.2 million to 13.6 million in 2008/9, but fears that figure is conservative. "I've got six neighbours and five are changing (to dairy or dairy support): only one is staying in sheep." "It isn't a trickle: it's a stampede and the only thing stopping more changing is the lack of builders and cows." Ultimately meatworks will have to close. I think plants will close but whereabouts and when I don't know. This downturn isn't just affecting farmers: it's going to affect meatworkers, drafters on the roads, everybody in the industry; that's why we need to look at this together and address it. The Meat and Wool New Zealand's forecast of a one million drop in sheep and lamb kill in 2009. In November PPCS announced the closure of a venison processing facility and lambskin manufacturing plant and said that the plant closures were part of the company's strategic change process for 2008 which would "align the company's processing capacity to the current livestock profile and exit non-core businesses."

There were drinks and a BBQ afterwards, so the number attending for old time sake was sufficient to make the day memorable.

Those January / February sales will be missed by the locals for the camaraderie, the noise, the dogs barking, the farmers cursing at the dogs, the sheep crates rattling, the cursing, fruit cake, sandwiches, the cup of tea or beer, the heat, dust and mud said a director. Russell Leech  was the secretary for the Saleyards Board of Directors. The Sale yards Directors provided a BBQ and drinks for the agents and clientele - and the celebrations continued in the marquee at the sale yards until nearly dark, and continued in various homes until much later in the evening!

The Weather and the Cherries

We had all four seasons during the day - starting off with the early morning coolness and becoming very warm and sunny, then a norwester blew up for about 10 minutes or so, the sky clouded over and the atmosphere was much more pleasant for everyone. A southerly blew up about 2pm, and the temperature dropped dramatically - and it started raining about 4 pm. One couple who previously farmed at Maungati, and now have semi retired to Rosebrook Road, Hadlow, came along with cherries for sale. They were large, juicy and very tasty fruit.

A Century of Sales

A book is going to be published in March 2008 about the sale, the stock and the day and - and no doubt some memories from older farmers of happenings of the days gone by. A Century of Sales -  Alan Annett- the book coordinator. About 80 pages. Pictures from the 100th sale also will be included in the book. On sale for $20. The book will feature contributions, photos, newspaper clippings, copies of old minutes and humour anecdotes.

Photo taken 1st Feb. 2008 by Pam Gibbons. Colin Clemens  (white beard)
"The number game brings the closure" said Colin Clemens - the Sale Committee Chairman.


Otago Witness 5 February 1908, Page 53
The Pareora Home Station Saleyards will hold their first sale on February 11. This company has made good progress in a short time, and a good sale is advertised for the above date.

The first meeting of directors of the Holme Station Saleyards Company was held in Mr Robert Leslie Orbell's office in Timaru on Nov. 30 1907. A lease for five acres was accepted from Mr Elworthy at a peppercorn rental. The yards were built of posts, rails, wire and netting with day labour in time for the first sale at 12.30pm on Tuesday February 11, 1908 and that sales be held on the second Tuesday of every month thereafter. During the first year four sales were year with about 8934 sheep passed through the yards. At a meeting on May 26th, 1938, it was proposed a copper for boiling the water for the refreshment room be purchased. When received the building of a lean-to on the shelter shed to house the copper was arranged. A letter from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was read requesting that all stock left in the yards on the afternoon following the sale be impounded. this was approved. At a meeting on May 14, 1948, the rising popularity of transporting stock by road transport was discussed. In the 1940s the stock sale here was every second week and even at one sale in the late 1940s pigs were put up for auction. The sale's heyday in the 1950s and 1960s.

Holme Station was one of the few remaining local saleyards in the South Island - now days stock is trucked hundreds of kilometres to the big sales in Temuka, Christchurch and Dunedin. Today farmers usually send the first draft of lambs to the works, the Pareora or Smithfield Freezing Works. Another big draft is the weaning one, docking (taking the tails off), earmarking, drenching, castrating the male lambs (turning them into wether lambs) and weaning the lambs off the mothers (separating them into different paddocks). Farmers aim for lambs 16.5 kg on the hook, the heavier ones, 18.6 kg - 25kg are better at the sale in Temuka to be bought by the local (butcher) trade.

A copper in use. It takes about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours for the water to boil - if I keep the wood up to it.
The copper at Holme Station Sale Yards in use 1st Feb.  2007. Often the chimney of the copper had to be cleaned before each sale as swallows had built nests down the flue - this year was no different.

Disappointment at the Annual Ewe Fair
4 February 2006 Timaru Herald

The market was disappointing, with selling by the auctioneers at times difficult for the smaller yarding. Of 4137 head of two-tooths, mixed aged and annual draft ewes penned at the 98th annual Holme Station Ewe Fair.
With only 35 registered buyers among the small gallery that followed the sale, the yarding included strong, well grown and attractive pen lots of ewes -- a number having a high lambing percentage background.
But with only the local buyers and the lack of outside competition, some pens were felt not to have reached a reasonable price at the sale and were sent home again. The top price of the sale went to DJ and FE Bishop (Hadlow) with a pen of 54 well grown coopworth x two-tooth ewes that sold for $90 while the best price for the annual draft lines went to MD and MC Studholme (Waimate), where a pen of 191 attractive pre-lamb shorn perendale ewes made $72. Generally the range of prices were: Mixed aged and younger ewes, good $58 to $69; mediums $45 to $50 with lighter conditioned down to $39.
Annual draft lines, tops $54 to $60 with one sale at $72, while other good, mainly two-year mouths $45 to $50; good order but one-year mouths down to $40.
Following are the sales made, taken from the sale catalogue:
IG and JM Jefferis, 128 3/4 romney 1/4 east fre 2th ewes $72.50;
DR and CP Bishop, 54 coopworth x 2th ewes $90
G and S Harvey, 15 romney 2th $48
Pinegrove Farm, 79 m/a romdale ewes $64
PA and SM Grant, 125 m/a romney x ewes $64
Wellpark Farm, 55 3-4shr rom and rom x ewes $56, 51 3-4shr perendale ewes $69
Craigmore Farming Co, 170 3-4-5shr coopworth ewes $47
IS and KM Wallace, 145 5 and 6shr perendale ewes $60
MD and MC Studholme, 191 AD perendale ewes $72
KJ and M Boon, 247 5-6yr perendale ewes $50 and 160 at $40
Burnett Valley Trust, 250 5yr coopworth ewes $47
JM and CJ Gregan, 163 ad composite x ewes $50
Gordons Valley Station, 385 ad romney ewes $54
JM and CJ Gregan, 275 ad composite ewes $40
WK and SG Wright, 102 ad coopworth ewes $45
RW Birks, 162 ad romney ewes $47
Waitawa Farming Company, 73 ad coopworth ewes $46
MJ and LE Crossen, 69 ad romney ewes $46
Merrylea Farm, 70 ad border romney x ewes $50
Te Ngawai Cliffs, 70 ad composite ewes $42
CR Cawood, 44 ad coopworth x ewes $39
CJ and DM Waldron, 50 ad perendale ewes $46
MM Murdoch, 48 4-5yr romney ewes $60
PJ and HM Doudle, 36 ma coopworth x ewes $40
KJ Boon, 76 ad perendale $36
Pinegrove 33 ma border romney $59.

Business is officially over

High Country Herald  Feb. 10 2010
More than forty people gathers at the former Holme Station Saleyards where the commemorative plaque on a boulder was unveiled. The land has now been sold and a memorial was unveiled by Colin Clemens, chairman, with the help of Chis Elworthy, whose family has been involved with the Holme Station Saleyards since its inception "The move in the industry to centralise saleyards in recent years has made many countryside saleyards defunct." said Mr Elworthy. This unveiling is really the final act.  Jim Anderson's family has lived in the area for 130 years had memories of sale days from childhood. Social gatherings are among the many fond memories. John Jackson was a long time stalwart.

Tekapo in a by-gone era

Sheep sales use to be held at Fairlie, Pleasant Point, Tekapo even Burkes Pass.  The Tekapo Sheep Sale was a South Canterbury event for both the up country and down country farmers and usually only merinos were sold there not the corriedales. Farmers, went along to get an idea of the price to expect for their sheep. They would go along depending on what the were doing on the farm, if time would allow and if the weather was going to be good up country. It might be raining down country but over the "Pass" there was often fine weather and often hot and dusty. The farmer always wearing a hat, enjoyed chatting for hours. The Women's Division ladies would put on the lunch, a 'bob' [a shilling] for a hot meat pie with potatoes and gravy or stew. They did all the cooking in the sheepdog trail rooms - army huts, beside the sale yards. There was tea, coffee and beer to drink and lemonade for the children. The sale was often during the week but when it fell on a school holiday the farmers would bring their children and wives along and they all knew each other from school. The children played and ran around the sale yards and around the the stock trucks creating a life time of memories. Those transports were from as far away as Ranfurly, Alexandra, West Otago and even North Canterbury - Amberley. As for the trucks - we just refer to them as stock trucks. They are flat decked so can be multi purpose, and the stock crates are taken on and off as needed. Where the crates used to be just two decks high, a lot are now three high which means more stock can be carted provided the truck is not carrying more than its registered capacity. 

28 Feb. 2000: Mt Cook Station runholder Donald Burnett named the world's leading merino woolgrower after an Italian textile company pays $120,000 for a 100kg bale of 13.1 micron diameter merino fleece. The wool set a world record for the fineness of wool in a full bale.

18 February 2000

Timaru, Feb 18 - Stock agents astounded by the prices for lambs at Omarama on Thursday say they were flabbergasted by the outcome of the Tekapo lamb fair today. It was a totally different scene to the one following last year's sale where many farmers left the yards dejected at the disappointing top price of $23.50 for merino wethers. About 7500 head of merino wether and ewes were offered - in itself a dramatic drop on the numbers of the previous year where 15,500 lambs were sold. But that didn't matter ... because top price for the day was a whopping $54 for each of 656 merino wethers from Irishman Creek Station. Only the day before Omarama farmers were jumping with delight as they watched a top pen of lambs fetch $51.

Hakataramea farmer Walter Cameron opened the sale by awarding the best presented pen to Simons Pass Station. Mr Cameron said it was a pity the yarding was smaller then last year. "If we are not going to present larger yardings we might lose some of the saleyard vendors."

But Wrightson livestock manager Bill Taylor said the yarding would return to its former size next year because of today's good prices. A private buyer is believed to have offered around $30 each for 13,500 lambs in the area before the sale, causing the smaller-sized yarding. Buyers from Wairarapa to Mid Canterbury were present to snaffle up the stock on offer. "We were very, very delighted," Mr Taylor said. Better lambs fetched $48 to $54, mediums fetched up to $40 and smaller lambs fetched $18 to $25.

Pyne Gould Guinness South Island livestock manager Peter Walsh said the sale was exceptional. "It was even better then Omarama." The auction firms were Pyne Gould Guinness Ltd and Wrightson.
Individual prices: Merino wether lambs: Sold on account of
Simons Pass Station, 223 at $48, 360 at $46, 553 at $47, 228 at $37
Glenmore Station, 502 at $45
Irishman Creek Station, 415 at $53, 656 at $54, 200 at $42.50
The Wolds Station, 355 at $52.50, 419 at $46.50, 153 at $39.50
Grays Hill Station, 279 at $40, 354 at $40, 113 at $34
Streamlands Station, 200 at $45
Huxley Gorge Station, 130 at $38, 87 at $29.

Merino ewe lambs; Sold on account of
Glenmore Station, 70 at $40
Streamland Station, 101 at $36
Grays Hill Station, 190 at $40.50, 171 at $36, 61 at $24,
Huxley Gorge Station, 139 at $35, 59 at $24, 26 at $6
Aoraki Naturally, 10 at $38. gt.

Tekapo Sale `Realistic'.
1 March 2003 Timaru Herald

The last fine wool sale of the season at Lake Tekapo yesterday met steady realistic prices for adult merino ewes. The prices took a big tumble from last year, but vendors appeared satisfied given the state of the schedules, the strengthening dollar and uncertain global politics. Prices generally firmed on Thursday's sale at Omarama. Peter Walsh, of Peter Walsh and Associates, said better sheep had a distinct differential in price with buyers wanting specific ages rather than annual draft animals. "It wasn't animated bidding and buyers were very discerning," he said. While auctioneers complained of bidders being "low and slow" during the sale few pens went for less than $30, and standard price of the day seemed $31. "The dry weather has made it difficult circumstances for the seller and difficult circumstances for the buyer to commit to," Mr Walsh said. Joe Higgins of Pyne Gould Guinness said the sale was more stable than Omarama's had been. Buying power came from Oamaru to Marlborough with a number from Mid and North Canterbury. Bruce Dunbar, Wrightson livestock agent for the Lake Tekapo area said it was generally a solid sale. Top price of the day was for a line of 141 two-tooth ewes which sold to Mt Arrowsmith Station for $68 each. Mr Dunbar said the vendor, Balmoral Station, had sought-after lines and that particular pen was sorted for wool. Results were:
The Wolds: two-tooth, 244 at $50, 104 at $41, 73 at $30
Balmoral Station: two-tooth, 141 at $68, 206 at $51, 401 at $61
Irishman Creek Station: two-tooth, 346 at $67, 216 at $58 57 at $40, 288 at $48, 153 at $42, 352 at $56
Streamlands Station: two-tooth, 58 at $58
Glen Lyon Station: two-tooth, 116 at $48, 265 at $32
Round Hill Station: two-tooth, 486 at $42, 53 at $31, 330 at $59, 147 at $31
Mount Hay Station: 4 th, 214 at $54
Glentanner Station: 4th, 54 at $35
Fuchsia Creek (Taiko) two-tooth, 95 at $40, 83 at $45, 64 at $33, 75 at $34, 77 at $34
Simons Pass Station: MA, 95 at $46
Huxley Gorge Station MA 236 at $28
Rhoborough Downs: MA, 208 at $29
Guide Hill Station: 5-year, 393 at $40; PJ & FM
Grant Farm Ltd: 6-year, 246 at $38
Maryburn Station: annual draft, 255 at $34, 246 at $33
Grays Hills Partnership: annual draft, 300 at $40, 246 at $36, 205 at $28.50, two-tooth wethers, 34 at $29
Glenmore Station: annual draft, 726 at $31
Sawdon Station: A, 395 at $31
Bendrose Station: annual draft, 102 at $31, 63 at $25
The Wolds: annual draft, 100 at $32, 188 at $29
Streamlands Station: annual draft, 590 at $31
Glentanner Station: annual draft, 292 at $29, 205 at $28
Ben Ohau Station: annual draft 100 at $31, 4-year, 151 at $44, 5-year, 185 at $29
Mount Hay Station: annual draft, 267 at $34
Simons Pass Station: annual draft, 161 at $37, 36 at $34
Grampians Station: annual draft, 266 at $30. annual draft half-bred 184 at $58, annual draft bred, 150 at $52; annual draft half-bred 277 at $51; annual draft half-bred 105 at $47;
Black Forest Station: annual draft, 100 at $36, 200 at $35, 101 at $31; 205 at $28.50;
Round Hill station: annual draft 249 at $29
CM & BA Nordquist: annual draft 223 at $35, 115 at $27.50
Bauchops Hill Station: annual draft half-bred, 663 at $42
Irishman Creek Station: two-tooth wethers, 52 at $40
Huxley Gorge Station: two-tooth wethers, 42 at $35, two-tooth, 32 at $29
Glen Lyon Station: two-tooth wethers, 110 at $39.

25 February 2006 Timaru Herald

Buyers were thin on the ground at yesterday's Tekapo adult sheep sale with prices for second and third cuts in particular suffering as a result. "It wasn't the easiest sale in the world," admitted PGG Wrightson's Joe Higgins. "There weren't very many registered buyers and while the younger sheep sold well, and the better cuts of the merinos went reasonably well, it got a bit sticky towards the end as we got into the second and third cuts." Mr Higgins said the bulk of the five or six-year-old ewes made $32 to $40/head, with a couple of lots making more, but second and third cuts made only $21 to $24 for the bottoms, $24 to $30 for the mediums. "It is a reflection of wool prices and the state of the sheep market at the moment. "It wasn't a very big sale either, there were only about 8000 in it, and it was all over in an hour," he added.

Last Pen for Fairlie Stockyards

By John Keast. 1 February 2000 The Christchurch Press
Retired agents Norm Campbell and Mick Corbett leaned on the lichen rails of the Fairlie stockyards yesterday, and quietly bade them farewell. The yards have served Fairlie in the Mackenzie for nearly 100 years, and soon they will be pulled down and the land, 1.6ha, sold by tender. It will be the end of an era for Fairlie, the stock of the Mackenzie, for farmers, publicans, and for Messrs Campbell and Corbett. They worked in the yards when stock was brought in by drover or farmers; mobs straggling in a few hundred metres apart from Sherwood and Ashwick Flat, and even from Burkes Pass. The sheep and lambs would be sifted into small yards ready for auction, and farmers from throughout South Canterbury would come to see the stock and to buy. Some, said Mr Campbell, knew better than others what to buy, and some sellers complained that their stock was not the right yard. All sellers, the men said, favoured a corner yard to allow more buyers to see the stock. Better still if the pen had a mount to show off the stock. And the real competition in the years before stock numbers fell and farming practices changed, was to get top price at the Fairlie Creek Sale Yards. The farmer who did was the toast of the town, and his stock would command attention at the next February sale. The same farmer would have to dig deep later in the pub, for it was tradition that the man with the top price shouted. Norm Campbell remembers a farmer, at a time when 20 was a lot of money, laying it on the bar because his ewes fetched sixpence more a head than his rival. Those days are gone. Last year's yarding at Fairlie was sold within the hour, and many sheep were passed in. Farming has changed, and so has the method of sale. Small yards - though popular once - are fading, and the Fairlie Creek Sale Yards Company Ltd will be wound up. It will be a sad day for Norm Campbell and Mick Corbett when the yards go, for it was a big part of their lives. "It will be a shame," said Mr Campbell, who started work in the district in 1936. "It was a great period in our lives. People really looked forward to the sale. Ah well, that's progress," he said as he fastened the chain on the gate for the last time.

Otago Witness, 25 March 1908, Page 39
Stock Sales. — This is the period when store sheep and surplus stock are sold from station and farm. About 20,000 sheep were offered at Fairlie last Monday, and a large sale — about 15,000— takes place at the Point to-day. Next Monday we expect a record entry at Albury. Prices are not quite so good as at this time last year, as the amount of feed is not be great. Good four-tooth halfbred ewes have been sold at 22s 6d, while failing-mouthed ewes are as low as 7s 6d. Lambs are fetching up to 17s.
    Saleyards Company.— The annual meeting of the Albury Saleyards Company (Ltd.) was held in the Public Hall on the 14th inst. There were 20 shareholders present, and Mr J. S. Rutherford (chairman of the company) presided.

Every dog has its day! 
Everyone is successful during some period in their life.


Pam Gibson - catering convenor
Timaru Herald articles 26 Jan. 2007 & Saturday 2 Feb. 2008 page 3.
High Country Herald -Feb. 6 2008 page 12
Rural News
TV 3

Temuka Sale Yards photos

The Temuka Sale was at 10 am 4 Feb. 2010

Good Market for huge yarding of store cattle at Temuka
Timaru Herald. 4 December 2003

Timaru, Dec 4 - The largest yarding of young and older store cattle to have been penned at the Temuka sale yards was today well supported by 120 registered buyers from Canterbury and Otago. The 2045 head offered comprised mainly yearling steers, bulls and heifers - a number of the crossbreds having a dairy-bred background. Vendors - including several from the Chatham Islands and Pitt Island and their agents - said they were satisfied with the market. Although prices were about $50 on those of a month ago, the sale had been realistic, considering the size of the yarding and some current market predictions. The top prices gained in the various sections were:

- Two-year-old steers $875 for a pen of 25 well conditioned angus and angus x that weighed in at 556kg live weight from E P Gallen (Albury).
- Two-year-old heifers $710 for the six angus (473kg) sold on account of the Simpson Family Trust (Rosewill). Cows and calves sold as a unit made $910 for Streamlands Station with their 32 mixed aged angus cows and angus calves at foot.
- Yearling steers topped at $745 for D E and S L Little (Cannington) for their entry of seven top Murray Grey that weighed in at 436kg. Their entry of six hereford x (391kg) being the next best price in this section at $655 closely followed at $645 for seven angus (353kg) from M P and D G McCormack (Holme Station).
- Yearling bulls made up to $550 also for the McCormack offering
- nine Belgium Blue x (371kg).
- Yearling heifers sold up to $580 on account of D E and S L Little with six Murray Grey x (378kg) while seven Simmental x (379kg) made $560 for M E Thickett (Kerrytown).

Cattle sale 4 Feb. 2010

Ewes in strong demand at Temuka fair
Timaru Herald 4/2/2010

Adult ewes were in strong demand at the annual fair in Temuka yesterday. All 18,000 sheep sold under the hammer and PGG Wrightson South Canterbury. It was a continuation of the strong sheep sales seen at the Temuka saleyards in recent weeks. The sale got off to a good start with three very good lines of capital stock ewes that sold up to $165, while the rest of the sale was buoyant from start to finish. "They were selling well at the last pen." The buoyant market was a result of high demand for ewes as farmers looked to return to sheep farming, he said. The sheep were in a very good condition due to the good grass growing conditions in recent weeks. The sale featured a large gallery of buyers from North Canterbury to Southland. Fine wool sheep sold $10-$15 less than crossbred ewes. Two-tooths sold for $140-$165 while 2-3 shear ewes made $120-$160. Four-year-olds made $100-$125 and five-year-old and AD ewes $100-$115 for the best and $70-$80 for the second cut.

Demand for store cattle remained strong at Temuka, with steers selling for up to $1.41/kg LW and heifers made $1.21/kg LW.

North Otago Times, 7 March 1885, Page 2
The Washdyke saleyards company formally opened their new yards to-day. Washdyke is situated three miles from Timaru, and will be a great enterprise South Canterbury.

Temuka Sale yards 4 Februay 2010. Area inside building. Farmers typically drive the flat bed pickup truck.

March 19th 2014. Photo taken by Sue White.
The sale ring at the Temuka Sale Yards 19 March 2014.

Evening Post, 3 August 1911, Page 8
"There is a serious scarcity of mutton in South Canterbury at the present time." So remarked a prominent stock agent in conversation with a Timaru Herald reporter. Mutton, he continued, was now quite as difficult as beef to procure. The position was assuming a rather serious aspect, and meant that the housewife would find meat even a dearer necessity than it is now in the near future—-meat, indeed, would soon have to be regarded, as a luxury. At the Pleasant Point sale on Monday there was 4 yarding of only 76 so called "fats," and at Temuka next day there were 150, all inferior stuff. Even these realised up to £1 0s 7d, a reasonable price for a good, wether. Good mutton positively could not be got. "What, then, would the butchers do for their supplies ?" queried the reporter. "It is simply," the stockman replied, "a case going to the bigger centres, and even there you will find mutton costly." "What had brought about such a state of affairs was a further question asked "Over exportation is the cause of it," came the ready reply —"that is the whole sum and substance of it."

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