While some yards ease into the new year in relative quiet there is no cruisey start for Te Kuiti with the year kicking off with cattle fairs every day of the week. The yard can lay claim to be the first cattle fair to kick off each year, with that week targeted as cattle are at their peak.
Older steers and bulls began the week, followed by three days of yearling steers and finishing with yearling heifers and bulls on Friday. Tallies accumulated to just shy of 5000 head and the 30 staff and stock agents working at the yards could have been forgiven for thinking it was Ground Hog Day. But each day ran like a well-oiled machine with close to and sometimes more than 1000 cattle yarded relatively seamlessly for a lunchtime start.