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We unfortunately missed the first day of sales due to the volcanic ash cloud but made it to Turihaua where Hamish and Angela Williams achieved a 100% clearance, a top price of $41000 and a massive sale average of $ 9735 on the night-a magnificent result which must be an Australasian record.The next day at the Gisborne Combined sale all eyes were on lot 1,Cricklewood 399, sired by Atuhua TJ 141-05. This bull is really sound with a lot of stretch and thickness. He sold for NZ $18000 to Willie Phillips and we thank the owners for the opportunity to purchase some straws from what we think is a very good bull who will add some depth and length wherever he is used. At Turiroa that evening a massive storm raged outside and the entire sale complex was plunged into complete and utter darkness somewhere around lot 25. Unfazed, the auctioneer wore a fishing lamp on his head, a ute was parked in the doorway to shed some light on the ring and the sale carried on until the last lot, achieving an average of $7400. Highest price on the night was $21000 paid by Mel and Nicky Storey of Ratanui for Turiroa 09568, a son of the highly regarded Turihua Digger. We were pleased the Storeys agreed to sell us some straws from him as he is a very thick bull and we believe he will be an excellent all-rounder.