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Prices hold steady at sale

by Trevor Brown

A YARDING of only 1159 head were presented for sale at this week’s Matawhero sheep sale yesterday, most of them store ewe lambs.

A smaller bench of buyers saw prices remain steady.

Reginald Proffit sold 12 heavy prime lambs for $166, while Rangatira Farm P/S at Te Karaka received $132.50 for 63 store male lambs.

C.N.A and J.M Marr at Te Wera topped the store ewe lambs. Their best pen of 148 sold for $116.

Kerley Agriculture Ltd at Kanakanaia sold 120 healthy, shorn mixed-age ewes for $131.

These ewes were mated to Suffolk and Sufftex rams on March 10 and had been scanned in lamb at 163 percent.

These heavy ewes were in good condition and their lambs had been docked.

This year’s low demand for in-lamb ewes can be attributed to the tight feed conditions throughout the region. Demand seems to be stronger in other parts of New Zealand.

Best prices —

Prime lambs: Reginald Proffit, 12, $166; Jonathan Harris, 8, $148; Rangatira Farm P/S, 8, $139.

Store male lambs: Rangatira Farm P/S, 63, $132.50; Puketia Station P/S (Te Wera), 104, $130, 12, $93; R and J Utting Ltd (Waimata), 56, $125.

Store ewe lambs: C.N.A and J.M Marr, 148, $116, 148, $115.50, 35, $87.50; Bushy Knoll Forest Ltd (Hangaroa), 87, $107, 23, $88; R and J Utting Ltd, 114, $106, 95, $104.

TOP DOLLAR: Reg Proffit presented this pen of 12 heavy prime lambs for sale at Matawhero yesterday and they sold for $166. Store ewe lambs made up the bulk of the 1159 head yarding. Picture by Trevor Brown