By Paul Hickman. May 2021.
It wouldn’t be hard to dwell on the negatives of the past 12 months. Dry, dry, dry and constant dry (and a fair bit of bloody wind too). Yes, for many of us the past 18 months has been a real grind. But, I believe when we take a step back and really look at things, yip things have been bloody tough, but in reality, it could’ve been so much worse. With every restaurant in the world closed, we could’ve had a complete disaster for red meat consumption, but prices remained pretty good. And now because of global lockdowns the world has learnt to cook from home, that meaning that when all the world’s restaurants do open up again demand for our beautiful red meat will be through the roof.
The recently released contracts for winter lamb at $8 are a great indication of what is to come. Talk of lamb being much higher again late Winter/early Spring and beef following suit is growing louder. Record low levels of beef killed across the globe- meaning inventories are low, should give great confidence about beef in the very near term and going forward for some time. The more you deeply analyse it, the outlook for red meat is extremely positive. Yip, we’ve got these clowns in office for now making things a bit tougher, but their time will come, we as farmers have always been here and always will be, lets push through this tough time, the positive future is almost here and it’s going to be very bright indeed!
We’ve never had a team of bulls go through such a prolonged tough run as this. After weaning well, things went pear shaped pretty quickly. Many of these bulls have been out grazing for the best part of the last 12 months, after a disastrous Autumn last year where virtually all our Winter crops failed, a poor Spring followed by another shit Autumn, these boys have had it average at best. It is remarkable how well they look and the condition they are in. We are the only genuine 100% dry land herd selling a number of bulls. We don’t live anywhere near dairy farms, and there are no sprinklers. Genuine cattle, bred and run on genuine DRY LAND.
Our new sire in the line up this year is Taimate L38. L38 was bred the same year as Lazarus and sold to Piko-Burn Stud, where he bred an outstanding line up of sons last year. Unfortunately he dropped dead suddenly as a 3yo and we were the only ones to get any semen. When I saw L38 as a 3yo I rated him better than Laz. His consistency of breeding is superb, genuine quality. We have some very special embryo calves weaned this year that will be for sale next year. L38 is one hell of a bull.
All those that have been through looking at the bulls already have remarked how good they are, and when they look around and see what they’re running on, people are genuinely impressed with the bulls and their do-ability and most of all temperament. Complete strangers standing out on a block and bulls wandering up to them as if they were pets. At the recent Marlborough High Country Calf Sale there was much talk about just how quiet the yarding of nearly 2000 calves were compared to years ago. I take great pride in the fact that the vast majority of the calves were sired by Taimate bulls. Docility I firmly believe is the most important trait. “Without a good temperament, the animal is worthless” How this rings true. It doesn’t matter how good they look or how amazing their EBV’s are, if they’re toey, they’re not worth jack!!
We are well known at Taimate for our hospitality. Last year after the sale I challenged all those in attendance to “drink the place dry”, which you certainly did, 150 dozen polished off by 10pm! Luckily we had plenty of spirits on hand. This year’s order has increased, so do come along and enjoy our hospitality. You don’t have to be purchasing to come along, it is a community event. In these tough times the more we can all get together and socialise, the better. ALL Welcome, please come along, it’ll be great to catch up.