Another strong Matawhero sale

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The weekly Friday sheep sale at Matawhero yesterday was another strong one, particularly on the medium store lambs, where prices were up a few dollars per head on last week.

A total of 662 sheep and 20 feeder calves were sold. Buyers are chasing a diminishing supply of store lambs, buoyed by a firm meat schedule, but the average size and condition of the lambs being offered is declining each week.

The 16 prime lambs sold from $122 up to $201, best price going to Andrew Falloon for a pen of eight. The 17 prime ewes sold from $125 to $132.

Best price in the store lamb section was $161.50 for 22 male lambs from Alan Bayliss of Gisborne.

A pen of 12 medium quality ewes from Cheviot Hills at Waerenga o Kuri, all scanned with twin lambs made $150.

The eight feeder bull calves sold for $170 while the 12 heifer calves sold from $87 to $130.

Best prices: male store lambs: Alan Bayliss, 22, $161.50; Puketia Station P/S (Te Wera), 7, $157, 5, $92; G.J and M.E Hope (Motu), 58, $151, 13, $126; I.H and L.J Kirkpatrick P/S, 8, $138, 30, $117, 11, $80.50; store ewe lambs: D.A and C.M Redpath Ltd (Matawai), 25, $160; R and J Utting Ltd (Waimata), 69, $153.50, 9, $110; Puketia Station P/S, 19, $146; G.J and M.E Hope, 42, $143, 30, $120, 6, $93; Grants Panel Shop (Te Karaka), 45, $142.50, 34, $138; Kerley Agriculture Ltd (Te Karaka), 71, $130.50, 19, $101; I.H and L.J Kirkpatrick P/S, 20, $118.50, 26, $100, 21, $86.

The weekly Friday sheep sale at Matawhero yesterday was another strong one, particularly on the medium store lambs, where prices were up a few dollars per head on last week.

A total of 662 sheep and 20 feeder calves were sold. Buyers are chasing a diminishing supply of store lambs, buoyed by a firm meat schedule, but the average size and condition of the lambs being offered is declining each week.

The 16 prime lambs sold from $122 up to $201, best price going to Andrew Falloon for a pen of eight. The 17 prime ewes sold from $125 to $132.

Best price in the store lamb section was $161.50 for 22 male lambs from Alan Bayliss of Gisborne.

A pen of 12 medium quality ewes from Cheviot Hills at Waerenga o Kuri, all scanned with twin lambs made $150.

The eight feeder bull calves sold for $170 while the 12 heifer calves sold from $87 to $130.

Best prices: male store lambs: Alan Bayliss, 22, $161.50; Puketia Station P/S (Te Wera), 7, $157, 5, $92; G.J and M.E Hope (Motu), 58, $151, 13, $126; I.H and L.J Kirkpatrick P/S, 8, $138, 30, $117, 11, $80.50; store ewe lambs: D.A and C.M Redpath Ltd (Matawai), 25, $160; R and J Utting Ltd (Waimata), 69, $153.50, 9, $110; Puketia Station P/S, 19, $146; G.J and M.E Hope, 42, $143, 30, $120, 6, $93; Grants Panel Shop (Te Karaka), 45, $142.50, 34, $138; Kerley Agriculture Ltd (Te Karaka), 71, $130.50, 19, $101; I.H and L.J Kirkpatrick P/S, 20, $118.50, 26, $100, 21, $86.

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