Making more money with South Devon

All Issues:

#62 December 2017
#61 December 2016
#60 June 2016
#59 Dec 2015
#58 July 2015
#57 December 2014
#56 July 2014
#55 Dec 2013
#54 July 2013
#53 Dec 2012
#52 July 2012
#51 Dec 2011
#50 July 2011
#49 Dec 2010
#48 Nov 2010
#47 Aug 2010
#46 Apr 2010
#45 Dec 2009
#44 July 2009
#43 Dec 2008
#42 July 2008

South Devon Newsletter, December 2014, issue 57

Contents of this issue:

  1. President's Message
  2. Notes & Dates
  3. Show results from Christchurch
  4. FBNZ 2015 Hoof & Hook event

Click here to download the full version of the newsletter.


Many beef farmers will be enjoying going to work at present with the bull schedule being over $6.00 in the North Island and 5.00 $5.50 in the South Island.

This has been a long time in the making, may it continue to stabilise close to these prices in the future.

The 9th World Conference was held in America over 25 days. 52 South Devon members from different countries around the globe travelled 10,000km on a bus visiting 14 states and viewing many operations and some wonderful looking cattle. One of these operations was Joplin Regional Stockyards located in Joplin Missouri. The stockyards are over 10 acres in size and are all covered. 460,000 animals are sold annually; sale day times are 7am - 4pm 5 days a week. We viewed cattle being sold with the weaner calves around 500550lbs. going for $US1,500-$1,600 which we were told is $500 up on last year.

This gave us some real insight into how the American market can change in such a short time after severe droughts throughout Texas.

There will be a full report in the next newsletter.

Congratulations go to Burtergill Stud on their success at the Canterbury A&P Show recently. The reports I received were that their cattle were a real credit to the breed, well done to the Van Asch family.

A special congratulations must go to Arnold & Joan Van Asch who were made Ambassadors of the Canterbury Show held in Christchurch in November 2014 for their contribution and service to the Canterbury A&P Association.

Thanks to all members who have supported our calendar promotion once again this year.

The weather has been a bit unpredictable on the farming scene this year with some areas dry while other areas are very damp; the Wyndham Show was cancelled after receiving over 200 mm of rain for November, the first time the show has been cancelled in 134 years.

I have advised the Board members that I will be standing down from the position of President at the 2015 AGM to be held in Blenheim, but I am more than happy to stay on the Board.

The AGM is to be held in Blenheim in March and I would like to encourage all members to attend this and enjoy this event and fellowship of members.

On behalf of Ann and myself we would like to express our sincere thanks to the Board and members for your valued support recently while Ann has been going through health issues with breast cancer. Ann is now recovering well following surgery.

We would also like to extend our very best wishes to all members and their families for a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

Kind regards
Brian Thomson