Bales boost community groups

Auctioneer Barry Monk (far right) gets the auction under way assisted by (from left) Te Anau Lions Club president Natalie Shanks and members Sam Robins and Trevor Lyall at Te Anau Lions Club Hay and Baleage competition and sale at the Northern Southland Transport Yards last Friday.

THERE was a spirited bunch of buyers and good bidding at the annual Te Anau Lions Club Hay and Baleage competition and sale held last Friday.

The bales of hay and baleage were donated by farmers as a fundraiser for Te Anau Lions Club and has been an annual fixture for the past four years.

The top price for lucerne baleage was $80 and good grass baleage was $80-90 with small bales of hay fetching $5.

There were more than 100 bales of lucerne and baleage presented for judging at the event, which was held at the Northern Southland Transport yards.

Keeping proceedings ticking along was auctioneer Barry Monk, assisted by Te Anau Lions Club members.

Te Anau Lions Club president Natalie Shanks said prices were a little down on the previous year, “but still good”.

“It seems fair to say that we had a good day. There was a good crowd of people who participated in buying and seemed to enjoy themselves.”

Proceeds from the fundraiser would be donated to the foodbank at Fiordland Community House and Rescue Services of Fiordland for equipment and training, she said.

Logan Pullar was the baleage champion, with Shane Murphy second and Mararoa Downs third. Best hay large bales was won by Kelvin Flynn, with Freestone second and G McFarlane third. The winner of the hay small bales title went to Kelvin Flynn, with R Kempthorne second and G O Johnstone third. Lucerne hay or baleage was won by Stuart Black, with Burwood second and C Lott third.

The competition also included a swede growing competition which was decided by weight, with Logan Pullar winning.