In what is a fresh approach and a new strategy, Nevele R Stud has entered 30 weanlings, everything they bred, in the Christchurch Mixed Sales to be held on Thursday 15 May.
The Stud has for decades either privately sold or just leased from the paddock their weanlings. Marketing and Sales Manager, Nikki Read, and Studmaster, Jill Smolenski, both see the different attitude to its own breeding program as a far better move for the Stud’s future operations and role in the industry.
Far from it being a reduction, Nevele R want the production of quality weanlings and yearlings for the market to become an ongoing part of the Stud’s annual set up.
Plans were released in the “Press” this week for the subdivision of the late Wayne Francis’ Spreydon Lodge. So part of the change in focus is about establishing Spreydon onto a piece of the Nevele R property and then incorporating and streamlining some of the operations.
PGG Wrightson’s Peter Lagan said it is great to see the Studs stepping up. “Breeding is a time consuming process and requires land, both of them costly. The irony is that while our breeding numbers diminish the demand for stock on the ground is growing. The Studs to my mind are ideally set up to breed”.
Alabar Stud has entered 42 and Woodlands 27 weanlings in the Auckland All Age Sale which is being held this year on Friday 30 May, the day before the Jewels at Cambridge.
“The trainers seem to welcome the opportunity to put their hands on something that’s already on the ground. We are delighted to be cataloguing over 100 weanlings in May.”
Footnote: Linda Lovegrace who won the Sires’ Stakes 2yo Fillies last week was yet another weanling purchase from the All Age Sales
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