Big fair drew plenty of buyer interest

PLENTY TO BUY: The monthly cattle fair at the Matawhero saleyards (above) yesterday was well attended by buyers and ‘sale goods’ alike, with plenty of out-of-town buyer interest in the larger lines, and close to 3000 head yarded. Pictures by Liam Clayton
Samuel Candy (3) was an interested spectator.
PLENTY OF CHOICE: The November cattle fair produced a lot of choice for buyers on Tuesday and a lot of would-be spenders came from out of town to look over the nearly 3000 head on offer. Picture by Liam Clayton

Just under 3000 head were trucked to the Matawhero cattle fair yesterday and the first hour saw pen after pen of immaculately presented annual drafts of well bred steers, many being sold to buyers from throughout the North Island.

Prices received for those lines were down from $15 to $170 on the fair 12 months ago, many lines were 5 to 30 kgs lighter as well.

Predictions for a dry summer, global uncertainty and declining meat schedules are probable factors for this price drop.

Best price of $1480 in the yearling steer section went to Merv and Connie Utting from the Waimata Valley for a pen of 30 charolais steers. They weighed 445 kgs and sold at $3.33/kg.

Once the sale progressed to the smaller steer pens and eventually to the heifers and bulls, the auctioneers had to work harder to sell, consequently there were good buying opportunities for local farmers. Price details from the cattle fair will be in Saturday’s Focus on the Land.

Just under 3000 head were trucked to the Matawhero cattle fair yesterday and the first hour saw pen after pen of immaculately presented annual drafts of well bred steers, many being sold to buyers from throughout the North Island.

Prices received for those lines were down from $15 to $170 on the fair 12 months ago, many lines were 5 to 30 kgs lighter as well.

Predictions for a dry summer, global uncertainty and declining meat schedules are probable factors for this price drop.

Best price of $1480 in the yearling steer section went to Merv and Connie Utting from the Waimata Valley for a pen of 30 charolais steers. They weighed 445 kgs and sold at $3.33/kg.

Once the sale progressed to the smaller steer pens and eventually to the heifers and bulls, the auctioneers had to work harder to sell, consequently there were good buying opportunities for local farmers. Price details from the cattle fair will be in Saturday’s Focus on the Land.

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