Thursday, May 19, 2022

Nokomai Station lambs sell well, despite dry conditions

Despite being a little down in condition, Nokomai Station lambs were well sought-after at the annual on-farm autumn lamb sale.

Many of the quarter-bred lambs fetched a premium for their wool ability that generally averages out at 21-micron as hogget wool.

Despite being a little down in condition, Nokomai Station lambs were well sought-after at the annual on-farm autumn lamb sale.

Described as “comparable given the season”, by co-station owner James Hore, the 12,000 lambs sold fetched a sale average of $4 a kilogram.

“For where the schedule is at and considering we are on the edge of a drought, we managed comparable values, so got to be happy enough with that,” Hore said.

The majority of the lambs headed north to central Canterbury, with a few going on past to North Canterbury and the rest staying in Southland, including ewe lambs headed to Eastern Southland for breeding.

Many of the quarter-bred lambs fetched a premium for their wool ability that generally averages out at 21-micron as hogget wool.

Over the years the Nokomai lambs have earned a good reputation for growing out to good weights.

Half-bred wethers ranged in price from $144 tops down to $104 for bottoms, while half-bred ewe lambs ranged from $138 for tops down to $90 for bottoms, with Texel X $148 to $120. 

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