SHALOM WAIGROUP 519 (Legend)
1994 - 2005
Born December 12, 1994 at Te Kowhai Mangatainoka, Shalom Waigroup 519 weighed in at 33kg. He was the last of 19 calves from proud mother 21yr old Nirvana Dulcie. Nirvana Dulcie, famous in her own lifetime, produced a calf every year without fail since she was a 2yr old heifer - five were used as stud sires.
519 began his career in 1995 as a yearling sire at home. He was then sold as a 2yr old in 1996 for $5000 and began work among a commercial herd on steep hill country near Taumarunui. He worked for six seasons there before being bought back by Waigroup as an 8yr old.
519 is best remembered for leaving over 6,000 stud and commercial progeny - a proud legacy made possible by his many matings and semen distribution throughout NZ and exports overseas. 519 loved his job and died ‘with his boots on’ in December 2005. He was at the AI centre having 8000 straws collected for export to the USA when his time had come. Witnesses say he died smiling.
519 was buried at home near the Tui Brewery at Mangatainoka by the Waigroup team, singing an old Willie Nelson number.