Sheep yarding up to bigger levels

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THE weekly sheep sale at the Matawhero saleyards drew a yarding of just over 2000 head, the biggest yarding for some weeks, and the prices reflected what was described as a strong buying market.

The prime pens only accounted for 20-30 head, but the prices were good.

“The prime lambs made $135-$155 and the prime ewes $120-$136,” said auctioneer Chris Hurlstone from PGG Wrightson.

The store section was a big one.

“The top line of ram lambs made $129.50. They came from Mangahanea Station from Ruatoria.

“Tarere Station, also from the coast, had some very good ram lambs presented, and their top line sold for $127,” Mr Hurlstone said.

“Useful male lambs were worth $105 to $129.50. Only medium sorts made under $100.” In the ewe lambs pens the best of them sold for up to $105.50 from Mataraoa from Hicks Bay, he said.

“The range in ewes lamb prices was $95 to $105.50, with only medium sorts making under $90.

“We had a good line up of five-year-old breeding ewes with a good mouth from the Fisher brothers from Motu.

“The top draft made $141 and the second cut went for $132.50.”

The top store ewes made $102.

THE weekly sheep sale at the Matawhero saleyards drew a yarding of just over 2000 head, the biggest yarding for some weeks, and the prices reflected what was described as a strong buying market.

The prime pens only accounted for 20-30 head, but the prices were good.

“The prime lambs made $135-$155 and the prime ewes $120-$136,” said auctioneer Chris Hurlstone from PGG Wrightson.

The store section was a big one.

“The top line of ram lambs made $129.50. They came from Mangahanea Station from Ruatoria.

“Tarere Station, also from the coast, had some very good ram lambs presented, and their top line sold for $127,” Mr Hurlstone said.

“Useful male lambs were worth $105 to $129.50. Only medium sorts made under $100.” In the ewe lambs pens the best of them sold for up to $105.50 from Mataraoa from Hicks Bay, he said.

“The range in ewes lamb prices was $95 to $105.50, with only medium sorts making under $90.

“We had a good line up of five-year-old breeding ewes with a good mouth from the Fisher brothers from Motu.

“The top draft made $141 and the second cut went for $132.50.”

The top store ewes made $102.

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