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Firmer prices for prime lambs

Prices firmed for the heavier prime lambs at yesterday's weekly Matawhero sheep sale, but eased on all the other lines.

The global uncertainty caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China, a major market for our sheep meat, along with the continuing hot dry weather, is adversely affecting buyer confidence.

The majority of the 1078 sheep yarded were woolly store lambs.

Jane McBreen sold five prime lambs for $161.

Mataraoa Station, in the Waikura Valley, topped the store lambs with $110 being paid for a pen of 67 big wether lambs, carrying good body condition.

The Darren Moroney Trust sold 30 well presented Romdale two-tooth ewes (ex Burnage Station) for $145, this price well down on values achieved at the Ewe Fair in early January.

Best prices —

Store male lambs: Mataraoa Station, 67, $110, 48, $88, 99, $87; Bracken Enterprises (Matawai), 33, $108, 24, $82; Arakihi Station (Tolaga Bay), 8, $104, 11, $85, 39, $74.

Store ewe lambs: Bracken Enterprises, 92, $87.50, 97, $68, 19, $64; Mataraoa Station, 106, $77.50, 193, $67, 26, $60.

Store ewes: Darren Moroney Trust, 30 – 2-tooths, $145; Piritaha P/S (Ngatapa), 29 mixed-age, $130.