The North Island weaner fair market booted back into life after a year’s hiatus. The odd teaser sale had been held the week before, but a few significant yards last week has given everyone the much-awaited benchmark to crack on with trading.
Next to Australia, New Zealand has looked a bit like the depressed cousin of the sheep world lately. They’ve been eagerly jumping back on track following drought and bushfires, whereas NZ farmers have taken the past year as a cue to further cut back sheep numbers.
Spring store cattle markets are beginning to get under way in earnest, making it a good time to observe how the lead up to summer may play out.
(DATA ANALYSIS) Northern and eastern regions of the North Island have deteriorated further into drought, carrying on from the similarly tough December, while other parts of the country find themselves under very little pressure.