Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Over 7000 lambs flood into Stortford Lodge

As parts of Hawke’s Bay dry out rapidly, many farmers took the precaution of unloading young lambs early. Over 7000 spring lambs flooded into Stortford Lodge on Wednesday. Ian MacEwan from Elders commented that the lambs were very well presented, giving buyers from Manawatu through Taupo to South Auckland an opportunity. MacEwan also said it was a realistic market in view of the increased numbers, although knock-down prices were a shade lower than the previous week.


No report was available from KAIKOHE due to unforeseen circumstances.


No reports were available from KUMEU or PUKEKOHE due to unforeseen circumstances.


          About 600 cattle were offered at TUAKAU last Thursday, but a smaller bench of buyers resulted in a softer market than the previous week, PGG Wrightson agent Roy Allen reported.

          Only a handful of 2-year steers were yarded, including whitehead steers at 453kg which made $1015 and Angus-Friesians at 462kg, which earned $995.

          In the yearling section, top Simmental steers at 440kg sold at $2.48/kgLW, or $1095, with Hereford/Friesians, 380-430kg, making $2.29-$2.38/kgLW, or $870-$1020, and 300-360kg types, $2.40-$2.60/kgLW. Angus/Friesian steers, 367-402kg, earned $2.30-$2.39/kgLW and Charolais steers at 365kg, $2.48/kgLW, or $910. Brindle-type Hereford/Friesians, 326kg, returned $2.45/kgLW.

          Younger Hereford/Friesians, 212kg, earned $3.32/kgLW, or $705, and 197kg steers made $685.

          Whitehead weaners at 163kg sold at $680, with 145kg steers earning $590 and 191kg Simmental-Friesians, $655.

          In the heifer section, 2-year Hereford-Friesians, 403kg, traded at $860 and 1-year Simmental-cross heifers at 290-310kg fetched $2.33-$2.42/kgLW, or $700-$705. Charolais-cross heifers, 285-290kg, made similar money at $700-$710 and Hereford/Friesians at 336kg earned $2.27/kgLW, or $765. Hereford heifers at 258kg made $640 and Angus/Friesian heifers, 260-290kg, $625-$690.

          About 500 cattle were offered at last Wednesday’s prime sale. Allen said prime steers and boners held value, but heifer prices were back slightly, in line with schedule drops.

          He said the yarding included a good line-up of steers in the heavyweight bracket of 720-785kg, with these animals returning $2.30-$2.38/kgLW, or $1674-$1830. A single Limousin steer at 730kg made $2.45/kgLW, or $1788, and 712kg Friesians earned $2.25/kgLW, or $1607.

          Steers in the 598-695kg bracket earned $2.27-$2.32/kgLW, with 539-550kg whiteheads making $2.26/kgLW and Friesians, 615-634kg, $2.16-$2.19/kgLW. Trade-weight steers returned $2.20-$2.25/kgLW.

          Exotic prime heifers, 511-543kg, traded at $2.25-$2.27/kgLW and whitehead heifers, 489-526kg, earned $2.17-$2.21/kgLW.

          Heavy beef cows, 525-637kg, sold at $1.79-$1.88/kgLW, with heavy empty Friesian cows, 555-662kg, making $1.65-$1.76/kgLW and the next cut, $1.55-$1.65/kgLW.

          Last Monday’s sheep sale featured 500 prime spring lambs, “which all sold well”, Allen said. Heavy lambs returned $123-$135, with good lambs making $95-$112 and lighter sorts, $83-$93. A line of 600 shorn Romney wethers in medium order averaged $50 and the best of the prime ewes made $90-$100. Medium ewes fetched $80-$90.


A modest yarding of cattle at RANGIURU on Tuesday followed by an equally modest crowd, meant auctioneers had to work harder for results, especially on yearling cattle. Neil Lunt of Elders said “they got there in the end!”

          Lower grade 2-year cattle also experienced a softer market, although all the better conditioned lines still returned very solid prices. Better steers, over 480kg, made $1050-$1225, $2.13-$2.22/kgLW and 2-year steers, over 400kg made $890-$1050, $2.07-$2.38/kgLW.

          Yearling steers, 250-350kg were the largest group and sold at $620-$835 according to quality, $2.02-$2.75/kgLW, while lighter fetched $595-$650, $2.49-$2.64/kgLW.

          Solid older heifers traded at $1045-$1255, $2.23-$2.28/kgLW. The yearling heifers, over 250kg realised $590-$702, $2.14-$2.32/kgLW and 150kg and above brought $505-$618, $2.17-$2.68/kgLW.

          Cattle under the label “Prime” sold well. Heavy bulls topped at $1130-$1490, $2.18-$2.54/kgLW and good ox were $1200-$1420, $2.24-$2.30/kgLW. Best heifers fetched $1070-$1275, $2-$2.25/kgLW.

          Weight and yield counted in the boner cow pens, the heavier sorts making $1050-$1340, $1.85-$2.04/kgLW, and the lower grades making $635-$785, $1.42-$2.05/kgLW.

          Fewer sheep came forward last week, mostly ewes. Some prime lambs did reach $104.50 while the best price for ewes was $93, and hoggets with meat making up to $124.

          Buyers had the choice of over 800 weaners on Wednesday, the majority bulls. Buyers were fussy, paying for quality and penalising poorer types. This showed with the smaller bulls where over 500 head went up.

          Lots weighing 100kg and under sold at $52-$445, $0.72-$3.88/kgLW, a similar situation for the less than 120kg range which brought $190-$510, $1.82-$4.54/kgLW.

          The heavier bulls, over 150kg made $470-$610, $2.57-$2.86/kgLW.

          Well grown heifers, over 150kg sold at $435-$530, $2.55-$2.83/kgLW while those just over 100kg made $110-$390, $1.33-$4.01/kgLW.

          $502-$625 bought steers with some size, $2.35-$4.82/kgLW, in a very small entry.



A medium sized yarding of prime cattle at FRANKTON saw a good demand for prime cows and good quality ox, while heifers remained steady as did the boner market, reported NZ Farmers Livestock.

          The best ox made CPK rates of $2.25-$2.32/kgLW, selling at $1395-$1634, an 810kg pen knocked down at $1749, $2.16/kgLW. Several lines weighing 700kg and better made $1590-$1672, $2.12-$2.13/kgLW and those under 600kg fetched $1155-$1276, $2.20/kgLW.

          Good heifers brought $1108-$1171, $2.16-$2.18/kgLW with others at $960-$994, $1.70-$2.18/kgLW.

          $916-$939 was paid for solid prime cows, $1.73-$1.74/kgLW. $668 was the lowest price, $1.63/kgLW.

          Heavy bulls, 540-560kg, sold at $1738-$1871, $2.20-$2.47/kgLW and $749-$817 took solid boner cows, $1.46-$1.54/kgLW.

          Light Jersey cows made $503-$556, $1.36-$1.41/kgLW.

          In the sheep section good spring lambs went at $105-$122 with trade ewes fetching $83-$94 and store ewes $50. Small lambs made $40-$75.

          Once again, yearling cattle dominated the numbers in a decent sized yarding of over 500 store cattle at Frankton. The air of caution evident at most centres also surfaced, although overall the market was reasonably steady but with lesser quality types not pursued avidly by the bench.

          Similar CPK rates being reached for 2-year steers were experienced, almost all lines selling at $2.04-$2.27/kgLW. Very good whiteface steers, over 500kg made $1080-$1200, and similar Angus fetched $1095 while straight Friesians sold at $1065. The balance of the class, all whiteface, sold at $870-$995, some lighter Angus/Friesian cross making $715.

          Good yearling steers, 400kg and over made $915-$960, $2.22-$2.38/kgLW and $820-$850 secured good whiteface steers, better than 300kg, $2.34-$2.43/kgLW while medium weights, the same cross fetched $680-$795, $2.49-$2.71/kgLW. Lighter again sold at $560-$595, $2.87-$3.06/kgLW and Friesians went at $415-$590, $1.82-$2.21/kgLW. One 375kg pen brought $830, $2.21/kgLW.

          Best Angus-cross yearling heifers made $922, $2.22/kgLW and top whiteface, $950, $2.23/kgLW. Medium whiteface fetched $495-$585, $2.36-$2.41/kgLW and some under 200kg traded at $3.01-$3.04/kgLW.

          Top end 2-year Hereford heifers, 539kg sold at $1020, $1.89/kgLW with whiteface sorts making $885-$998, $1.85-$2.20/kgLW. 369kg Murray Grey heifers brought $905, $2.45/kgLW.


The first spring lambs made their debut at MATAWHERO last Friday, but there were only 420 of them. They were a particularly attractive lot of Romney lambs with good bone and very good condition, and they looked a much better investment than shares. They had been very well drafted and weighed 30, 28, 26 and 24kg respectively.

          Receipts however were not correspondingly heavy and the four lines made $68, $60, $51 and $50, around $2.20/kgLW average. The district’s continuing dry and very cold weather is not helping.

          The store section held 720 ewes with several lines of good strong ewes, mainly wet/dries.

          Some carried very heavy fleeces and local farmers are still quite keen to acquire the better lots for early mating. Attractive 2-tooth ewes made to $93 and bold 2/4-tooths $93-$94 while strong mixed age with excellent ivory fetched $80-$90. Store ewes were $50-$70.

          The prime section held just 35 head. Spring lambs made $75.50-$87 and hoggets $93-$103, the few ewes offered selling at $80.50-$87. 1200 sheep were penned. 


As parts of Hawke’s Bay dry out rapidly, many farmers took the precaution of unloading young lambs early. Over 7000 spring lambs flooded into STORTFORD LODGE on Wednesday. Ian MacEwan from Elders commented that the lambs were very well presented giving buyers from Manawatu, through Taupo to South Auckland an opportunity. MacEwan also said it was a realistic market in view of the increased numbers, although knock-down prices were a shade lower than the previous week.

          The second and third cuts sold especially well. A top line of mixed sex lambs made the top price of $86 and similar males fetched $80-$81, the best of the ewe lambs making $75.50. A big proportion of the lambs sold at $63-$69, with some at $51-$55 and the smaller sorts were $46-$48. The CPK rates were fairly tight at $2.32-$2.66/kgLW.

          Interest in ewes with breeding potential was steady, around 500 head entered. The better lots made $80-$92, with useful sorts at $77-$87. All lines of ewes with lambs at foot were hoggets and sold at $54-$69 all-counted.

          It was a much quieter day in the cattle rostrum where just over 400 head were displayed.

          Line-size tended to be small and quality varied, but generally they found a ready market commented MacEwan, relative to quality.

          A couple of pens of 3-year steers went at $1270 and $1320, $2.09 and $2.21/kgLW, and the 2-year steers, mostly Angus/Hereford made $1010-$1182 for those weighing less than 500kg, $2.19-$2.21. A 655kg line topped at $1492, $2.28/kgLW and lighter returned $980-$990, $2.08-$2.30/kgLW.

          Yearling steers have come off the high perch, making $735-$830, $2.08-$2.59/kgLW.           Yearling bulls were not easy to quit, most selling at $430-$515, $1.69-$2.06/kgLW apart from one 352kg lot that fetched $840, $2.39/kgLW. Weaner bulls, mainly Friesians, made $412-$505, $3.41-$4.07/kgLW.

          $900 was highest money for 2-year Simmental heifers, $2.12/kgLW, $755-$820 buying Hereford/Friesian, $2.08-$2.12/kgLW. $755-$825 took useful yearling heifers $2.11-$2.39/kgLW, and cows with calves went at $810-$930.


At the STRATFORD prime sale last week, 30-month Hereford/Friesian ox, 481-545kg fetched $2.18-$2.24/kgLW, Sandra Engelen of NZ Farmers Livestock reported.

                             Prime 30-month Angus-cross ox, 565kg, $2.23/kgLW, 30-month Hereford ox, 525kg, $2.24/kgLW, 30-month Hereford-cross steers, 590kg, $2.25/kgLW, 30-month MRI steers, 520kg, $2.17/kgLW.

                             Prime Hereford/Friesian steers, 590kg, $2.24/kgLW, Friesian steers, 530kg, $2.18/kgLW.

                             Prime Hereford/Friesian heifers, 473-535kg, $2.14-$2.21/kgLW, 2-year Murray Grey heifers, 405kg, $1.82/kgLW, 2-year Hereford/Friesian heifers, 405kg, $1.82/kgLW, 2-year Hereford/Friesian heifers, 475kg, $2.19/kgLW.

                             Twenty-month Angus/Simmental bulls, 345kg, $2.30/kgLW, 20-month Angus bulls, 358kg, $2.27/kgLW.

                             Store Friesian cows, 250-335kg, $1.44-$1.54/kgLW, Jersey cows, 250-335kg, $1.50-$1.54/kgLW.

                             One-year Friesian steers, 183kg, $450.

                             Two-year unmated Friesian heifers $890-$970, and unmated Jersey heifers $700.

                             In-milk Friesian-cross cows $600-$800, in-milk Jersey-cross cows $525, in-milk Jersey cows $500, in-calf Jersey heifers $500.

                             One-year Friesian heifers, $610-$750, 1-year Friesian heifers $650, and 1-year Jersey-cross heifers $600.

                             Older cattle eased at the store sale, Engelen commented, while yearling cattle were still in good demand.

                             Three-year Friesian-cross steers, 588-609kg, $1150-$1240, 30-month Hereford/Friesian heifers, 500kg, $1050, 30-month Angus/Friesian heifers, 505kg, $975, 30-month Hereford-cross heifers, 535-555kg, $1145-$1210.

                             Thirty-month Hereford/Friesian rigs, 420kg, $880.

                             Two-year Hereford-cross steers, 333-521kg, $715-$110, 2-year Hereford/Friesian steers, 410-515kg, $920-$1080, 2-year crossbred steers, 305kg, $550, 2-year Friesian steers, 510kg, $1050, 2-year Angus-cross steers, 390-450kg, $760-$930, 2-year White Galloway-cross steers, 435kg, $895.

                             Two-year Friesian heifers, 493kg, $810, 2-year Angus/Friesian heifers, 300-395kg, $670-$820, 2-year Angus-cross heifers, 500kg, $1050, 2-year Hereford-cross heifers, 390-460kg, $800-$820, 2-year Hereford/Friesian heifers, 320-545kg, $745-$1200, 2-year purebred Angus heifers, 350kg, $755.

                             Fifteen-month Friesian-cross steers, 351-396kg, $650-$775, 15-month Friesian steers, 310kg, $640.

                             One-year Friesian steers, 190-353kg, $405-$735, 1-year Hereford/Friesian steers, 173-350kg, $500-$645, 1-year Hereford-cross steers, 130-295kg, $410-$690.

                             One-year Angus heifers, 238kg, $510, 1-year purebred Angus heifers, 245kg, $520, 1-year Hereford-cross heifers, 140-300kg, $392-$620.

                             One-year purebred Hereford bulls, 265-335kg, $635-$900, 1-year Hereford bulls, 220kg, $590, 1-year Charolais bulls, 355kg, $870, 1-year Friesian bulls, 300kg, $675.

                             One-year Hereford/Friesian rigs, 300kg, $650.

                             Autumn-born Friesian bulls, $160kg, $460, weaner Hereford/Friesian heifers, 190-353kg, $450, weaner Angus/Jersey steers, 120kg, $332.

                             Belted Galloway cows with calves, 440kg, $735, empty Friesian-cross cows, 460kg, $710, empty Jersey-cross cows, 400kg, $555, store Ayrshire cows, 320kg, $560.

                             Mixed-sex Suffolk-cross lambs $68-$76.50, woolly male lambs $67.50-$69.50, prime Romney/Texel lambs $113, prime lambs $96, prime Romney ewes $66-$72, mixed-age Romney ewes $62-$66, male hoggets $72.50.

                             Four-day old feeder calves; Hereford/Friesian bulls $150-$200, Hereford/Ayrshire bulls $165, Friesian bulls $125-$130, Angus bulls $185, Murray Grey-cross heifers $75, Hereford/Friesian heifers $125-$145.

            There was a very strong market on all beef bulls, steers and heifers at the dairy beef sale, with buyers being more selective on the Friesian market. 

            Weaner Friesian bulls, 73-144kg, $200-$440, weaner crossbred bulls, 100-135kg, $130-$310, weaner Red Devon-cross bulls, 78-106kg, $240-$362, weaner Ayrshire bulls, 100kg, $320, weaner Angus/Friesian bulls, 106kg, $440, weaner Hereford/Friesian bulls, 81-155kg, $445-$550, weaner Murray-Grey/Friesian bulls, 115kg, $420. 

            Angus/Friesian heifers, 91-104kg, $320-$465, Hereford/Friesian heifers, 98-108kg, $400-$430, Hereford-cross heifers, 98kg, $330-$350, Jersey-cross heifers, 85kg, $100.

            Weaner Hereford/Friesian steers, 100-107kg, $530-$535.


                   At RONGOTEA last Wednesday, 2-year steers, 660-665kg, fetched $1195-$1370, $2.05-$2.15/kgLW Malcolm Coombe of NZ Farmers Livestock reported. Other 2-year steers, 400-450kg, $780-$885, $2.13-$2.20/kgLW, and crossbred, $500-$650.

                             Two-year heifers, 450-480kg, were making $840-$920, $1.95-$2.05/kgLW, 370-400kg, $750-$820, and other 2-year heifers ranging from $550-$700.

                             Two-year bulls, 330-370kg, $650-$750, $2.05-$2.15/kgLW, 18-month bulls, 290-300kg, $600-$650, $2.15-$2.25/kgLW.

                             Yearling steers, 270-305kg, $700-$755, $2.45-$2.70/kgLW, 230-260kg, $590-$650, $2.70-$2.85/kgLW, with a handful of crossbred steers making $420-$470.

                             Yearling heifers, 260-285kg, $630-$700, $2.50-$2.63/kgLW, and 230-250kg, $550-$590, $2.30-$2.45/kgLW.

                             Weaner Friesian bulls, 105-110kg, $400-$430, 90-100kg, $350-$395.

                             Weaner heifers $350-$400.

                             In-calf cows $850-$950, and cows with calves at foot up to $950.

                             Boner cows made $700-$795, $1.40-$1.45/kgLW, other cows making $500-$650, with the lighter cows in the $450-$480 range.

                             Medium mixed-sex lambs $85-$90.

                             Rongotea saw 180 calves this week still making good money. Friesian bulls, $150-$170, medium $115-$130.

                             Top whiteface bulls made $215-$235, medium $185-$200 and Angus-cross bulls $180-$200.

                             Top whiteface heifer calves made $170-$195, medium $140-$165, while small heifers fetched $100-$130.

There was another small yarding of sheep at FEILDING this week, Chris Hansen of Elders reported.

          Small lots of ewes with lambs at foot made $59-$64 all counted.

          There were around seven pens of new season lambs on offer, very good lambs fetching $69-$75, medium $62-$68, and small $50-$57.

          It wasn’t a large yarding in the cattle department, Rhys Staples of Elders reported, but the decent bred cattle still managed to make good value.

          Nice exotic mixed-age cows with calves at foot made $1330.

          Two-year Angus steers, 530kg, fetched $1305, and 2-year Angus/Shorthorn, 515kg, $1230. 

          Two-year Shorthorn-cross heifers, 440kg, traded at $930, 2-year Angus/Shorthorn heifers, 400kg, $870, and 2-year Charolais heifers, 420kg, $2.25/kgLW.

          There wasn’t much in the way of bulls, Staples commented, however some light 280kg yearling Friesians managed $2.20-$2.30/kgLW. 

          Yearling Angus steers, 300-350kg, bought at $700-$800, while yearling Angus and Angus-cross heifers made $2.40/kgLW. 


                   The market remained firm for prime lambs at CANTERBURY PARK, except for the lighter sorts which eased $3-$4 per head. Best prime lambs sold at $115-$120, medium $105-$110, and lighter $95-$100.

                             Spring lambs sold at similar prices to last week, best lambs buying $120-$125, medium $110-$115, and lighter $95-$105.

                             There was a light yarding of new season store lambs, the heavier types making $72-$75, and others $62-$65. Hoggets fetched between $60 and $70.

                             There was the odd sale of prime ewes up to $161, with heavy ewes making $110-$138, medium $80-$105, and light $60-$78.

                             Prime steers, 480-555kg, $1.70-$2.26/kgLW, 560-620kg, $2.20-$2.26/kgLW, and 715kg-plus, $2.21/kgLW.

                             Prime heifers, 467-557kg, $2.24-$2.30/kgLW, and 575-632kg, $2.22-$2.25/kgLW.

                             Although quality was high, there were strong sales for prime spring lamb at Thursdays COALGATE sale Glenn Peddie of Peter Walsh & Associated said. The best of them were making up to $132 with most making between $85 and $115.

                             Old season lambs were making up to $130, medium $105 to $117 and lighter hoggets made up to $90. Overall both markets were up to $5 stronger than last week.

                             Demand for heavy prime ewes was very strong with the best of them making up to $129, medium $75 to $85 and lighter ewes made up to $65.

                             Lines of ewe hoggets with lambs at foot were making between $52 and $59 and ewes were making up to $64 all counted.

                             In the cattle section prime cattle were on par with last week with the odd exceptional sale. Prime steers were making up $2.24kg/LW and heifers $2.09kg/LW. Prime bulls made up to $2.02kg/LW and there were no prime cows yarded.

                             In the store section yearling Hereford/Friesian steers were making between $2.50/kgLW and $2.57kg/LW and heifers ranged between $1.70/kgLW and $2.18kg/LW.


A small yarding of ewes and lambs were sold at TINWALD in a sale that saw spring lambs back in value on the previous week but selling in line with schedule prices.

          Prime hoggets were also back on the previous sale while strong demand saw store lambs well sought.

          Prime ewes strengthened $3-$5 on recent weeks, PGG Wrightson livestock representatives reported.

          Spring lambs fetched $102-$115. Heavy prime hoggets traded up to $120, medium $80-$110 with lighter types down to $65.

          Heavy prime ewes earned $105-$120, medium $85-$100 and lighter sorts $60-$80.

          Younger crossbred ewes with black face lambs at foot sold at $62 with various other lines selling from $50-$60.



Prime steers and heifers eased 2-5c/kg at TEMUKA while beef cows improved up to 6c/kg. Prime lambs and hoggets sold similar to the previous week while one-shear ewes dropped in value by $7/head and butcher ewes lifted by $3/head. A medium sized yarding of store cattle was sold with yearling cattle making up the bulk of Thursday’s sale that saw straight beef stock fetching good premiums, PGG Wrightson livestock manager Joe Higgins reported.

          Prime steers 600-850kg earned $2.05-$2.11/kgLW, 450-600kg $2.06-$2.16/kgLW, 400-500kg $1.87-$2.17 and dairy types 500-620kg $1.80-$2/kgLW.

          Heifers 500-680kg returned $1.85-$2.06/kgLW, 400-500kg $1.80-$2.04/kgLW, and dairy sorts 380-580kg earned $1.40-$1.90/kgLW.

          Bulls 800-1000kg fetched $1.40-$1.92/kgLW, 550-800kg $1.98-$2.27/kgLW and 400-500kg $1.30-$2.74/kgLW.

          Heavy beef cows 500-800kg, realised $1.39-$1.63/kgLW and 400-500kg $1.15-$1.40/kgLW.

          Dairy types 500-750kg, $1.37-$1.50/kgLW with poorer types, 340-500kg, earning 80c-$1.30/kgLW.

          A medium yarding of store hoggets saw forward types fetching $86-$100, medium $76-$85 and light $60-$75. Two lines of breeding hoggets sold at $124 and $117.

          Large spring lambs earned $120-$129, medium $110-$119 with smaller lambs selling from $90-$109.

          Heavy prime hoggets fetched $120-$129, medium $113-$119 and light $103-$112.

          Heavy one-shear ewes returned $98-$107, medium types $85-$95 and light $55-$73. The best of the adult ewes earned $90-$113, medium $77-88, medium freezers $68-$74 and light freezer sorts $60-$70.

          In the store cattle, 2-year steers, 389-546kg, sold from $690-$1130, and 2-year heifers, 353-421kg, $680-$910.

          Yearling beef steers, 236-379kg, returned $610-$905, dairy beef yearling steers, 180-273kg, $375-$670, yearling beef heifers, 188-330kg, $420-$735, and dairy beef yearling heifers, 184-330kg, $350-$735.


A small yarding of prime hoggets at BALCLUTHA maintained the previous week’s values, Barry Osborne of PGG Wrightson reported. The prime hoggets were in good demand, with heavy lines making $101, medium $100-$109, and light $89-$98.

                             The prime ewes market lifted slightly with a very good line-up offered. Heavy ewes made $92-$104, medium $80-$90, and light, $65-$78.

                             Medium local trade rams $39.

                             A very small yarding of store sheep sold at similar levels to last week, medium hoggets fetching $81, and light hoggets $52.

                             Ewes with lambs at foot sold for $70 all-counted.


There was a medium yarding of prime cattle at LORNEVILLE last week that met with firm demand. Medium 500kg steers fetched $1.80-$1.90/kgLW and good 495kg heifers made $1.82/kgLW. Top cows, 550-650kg, brought $1.40-$1.45/kgLW, medium, 480-580kg, $1.20-$1.40/kgLW, and light, 350-450kg, $1-1.18/kgLW.

                             A very small yarding of store cattle met with good demand, with yearling Hereford heifers, 273kg, fetching $590, and good Friesian weaners, 100-130kg, making $340-$360.

                             A small yarding of calves met with good demand, Hereford-cross bulls selling at $110-$150, and Hereford-cross heifers, $80-$100.

                             Prime sheep met with firm demand across a medium yarding. Heavy lambs sold at $109-$119, medium $74-$84, and light $95-$99.

          Good quality 2-tooths $86-$99, medium $74-$84, and light $60-$70.

                   Heavy ewes $95-$117, medium $80-$90, and light $68-$78, while heavy local trade rams made $30.

          Spring store lambs bought at $77.50 for the top lambs, and $68 for lighter lambs.

          Ewes with lambs at foot ranged from $68-$74.

                   Quality lines of new season lambs are starting to appear at CHARLTON, James MacLean of PGG Wrightson reported, and fetching $95-$111. Old season lambs are starting to reduce in numbers with heavy lambs discounted down to approximately $100.

                   There was a good yarding of prime ewes, with the best shorn ewes making $108, while lower condition ewes made $30-$40, and local trade rams $35.

                   New season store lambs made up to $78.50.      

                   Ewes with lambs made $75 all counted.

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