The Canterbury Section of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand holds a Rare Breeds Auction and Heritage Lifestyle Day on the second Sunday of March each year.
Entry fees, Sales Commission, Admission charges and Catalogue price are used to cover Auction expenses with any surplus going to the Rare Breeds Conservation Society for the conservation of rare breeds of livestock.
The next Auction will be held on Sunday 10 March 2019
at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, 60 Hussey Road, Christchurch
The last Rare Breeds Auction, which was held on Sunday 11 March 2018 at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, had a record turn-out of interested people. The weather could not have been kinder and hundreds of families enjoyed a very special day-out. There were tame Waipu goats who waited in their pens for cuddles, both from Ianthe Twiss, who hand raised them, and from visitors. Both pairs went to new homes which meant Ianthe had to say good-bye to her much-loved goat kids. We hope she and her dad will hand-raise a few more this coming season!
Bidding was strong for the Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep – a recent introduction to New Zealand with their novelty value drawing a number of interested parties. Four breeds of rare breed pigs were up for auction with most of these piglets going to connoisseurs who will raise them to be enjoyed as bacon later on.
As with all the animals entered, the chooks, pheasants, ducks and geese were on display before the auction started. Many people had never seen such a variety of different sizes, shapes and colours in one place. There were Silkies with their decorative top knots and unique plumage, Wyandottes with intricate lacing in a variety of colours, tiny Barbary Doves, very rare Chinese geese, and huge Cochins – to name just a few of the many breeds on display. Children loved the tame chooks that are free ranging at Willowbank who came begging for food.
The Rare Breeds Auction is the main fundraiser for the local group of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand and all money raised will be used to support Rare Breeds projects. The latest such project is the Suffolk Punch horse which has become a world-wide effort to save the last of these unique draft horses from extinction. Future projects will include more work on the Enderby Island cattle – cattle that had survived on the Sub-Antarctic Enderby Island in the Auckland Island group for over 100 years and had adapted to the harsh living conditions there. Another animal from this isolated archipelago – the Auckland Island Pig, which was saved from extinction by the society in the 1990s – has already proven how important our work is: it is the only pig left in the whole world that is not a carrier of certain viruses thus making them the only suitable pig to grow organs to transplant into humans. The Auckland Island pig may well – one day – become the pig that saves your life!
Auctioneers taking bids for Waipu goats.
Spinning demonstration by Georgie Fairless.
Rabbit hopping display.
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Enquiries to: canterbury(at)rarebreeds.co.nz
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