Mixed prices at cattle fair

Hard sell: Auctioneers had to work hard to make a sale at yesterday’s Matawhero cattle fair, with only a small bench of local buyers. File picture

Just over 530 cattle were brought forward for yesterday’s Matawhero cattle fair and, with the exception of some lines of capital stock from sold properties, most pens contained few head.

As with recent sales, the auctioneers had to work hard to make a sale, there being only a small bench of local buyers.

Raroa Station at Tolaga Bay sold 21 VIC MA cows for $960, weighing 470kg.

Puriri Station at Whangara sold two lines of vetted-in-calf R4 to R8 Angus and Angus-cross cows for $850 and $870.

Their pen of 16 in-calf R3 heifers sold for $700.

K and M Contractors at Tikitiki sold the best weaner steers — 13 Simmental cross, weighing 320kg, for $1000.

P and E Watson in the Waimata Valley sold a line of 20 pure-bred Angus steers, weighing 255kg, for $900.

K and M Contractors also received the best price for yearling heifers — $700 for a pen of 20 Angus capital stock, weighing 265kg. Their pen of 20 cross-bred heifers, at 260kg, made $680.

There were only a few small pens of bulls available for sale. Prices per kilogram on all classes of cattle were similar to those at the fair on May 7.

Best prices —

MA cows: Raroa Station, 21 VIC (470kg), $960, 7 VIC (395kg), $640, 4 empty (555kg), $1135, 8 empty (410kg), $720; Puriri Station (capital stock) VIC, 15 (490kg), $870, 21 (460kg), $850; Kaiwaka Station (Te Puia), 31 RWB (445kg), $827, 23 RWB (375kg), $775.

R2 steers: SR Andrew, 1 (550kg), $1470, 1 (490kg), $1270, 1 (460kg), $1190.

R2 heifers: Pukeroa Station (Ngakoroa), 22 (385kg), $1020, 6 (350kg), $900.

Weaner steers: K and M Contractors, 13 (320kg), $1000, 22 (260kg), $920, 8 (205kg), $610; Weck Holdings Ltd (Te Wera), 10 (245kg), $920; P&E Watson, 20 (255kg), $900. Weaner heifers: K and M Contractors, 20 (265kg), $700, 20 (260kg), $680, 15 (215kg), $520.

R2.5 bulls: Taupai Station (Motu), 4 (530kg), $1280.

R2 bulls: Taupai Station, 4 (365kg), $860, 4 (350kg), $860, 7 (285kg), $790, 5 (245kg), $670.

Just over 530 cattle were brought forward for yesterday’s Matawhero cattle fair and, with the exception of some lines of capital stock from sold properties, most pens contained few head.

As with recent sales, the auctioneers had to work hard to make a sale, there being only a small bench of local buyers.

Raroa Station at Tolaga Bay sold 21 VIC MA cows for $960, weighing 470kg.

Puriri Station at Whangara sold two lines of vetted-in-calf R4 to R8 Angus and Angus-cross cows for $850 and $870.

Their pen of 16 in-calf R3 heifers sold for $700.

K and M Contractors at Tikitiki sold the best weaner steers — 13 Simmental cross, weighing 320kg, for $1000.

P and E Watson in the Waimata Valley sold a line of 20 pure-bred Angus steers, weighing 255kg, for $900.

K and M Contractors also received the best price for yearling heifers — $700 for a pen of 20 Angus capital stock, weighing 265kg. Their pen of 20 cross-bred heifers, at 260kg, made $680.

There were only a few small pens of bulls available for sale. Prices per kilogram on all classes of cattle were similar to those at the fair on May 7.

Best prices —

MA cows: Raroa Station, 21 VIC (470kg), $960, 7 VIC (395kg), $640, 4 empty (555kg), $1135, 8 empty (410kg), $720; Puriri Station (capital stock) VIC, 15 (490kg), $870, 21 (460kg), $850; Kaiwaka Station (Te Puia), 31 RWB (445kg), $827, 23 RWB (375kg), $775.

R2 steers: SR Andrew, 1 (550kg), $1470, 1 (490kg), $1270, 1 (460kg), $1190.

R2 heifers: Pukeroa Station (Ngakoroa), 22 (385kg), $1020, 6 (350kg), $900.

Weaner steers: K and M Contractors, 13 (320kg), $1000, 22 (260kg), $920, 8 (205kg), $610; Weck Holdings Ltd (Te Wera), 10 (245kg), $920; P&E Watson, 20 (255kg), $900. Weaner heifers: K and M Contractors, 20 (265kg), $700, 20 (260kg), $680, 15 (215kg), $520.

R2.5 bulls: Taupai Station (Motu), 4 (530kg), $1280.

R2 bulls: Taupai Station, 4 (365kg), $860, 4 (350kg), $860, 7 (285kg), $790, 5 (245kg), $670.

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