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Lamb price firms as primes ease

PRICES eased on the prime ewes but firmed slightly on all of the new season lambs at yesterday’s weekly sale at the Matawhero saleyards where a total 1522 animals sold.The yarding included 38 prime ewes, 13 prime new season lambs, 91 prime last season lambs, 1169 store lambs and 199 store ewes.The market remains buoyant, although hills are starting to dry out and no rain is forecast.The best price of $137 in the store lamb pens went to M.W and A.M Flood at Kanakanaia for a pen of 101 male white face lambs.That vendor also sold a pen of 89 ewe lambs for $127 and 184 woolly store ewes from $130.50 down to $108.Best prices —Male store lambs: M.W and A.M Flood, 101, $137, 66, $125; Kerley Agriculture Ltd (Kanakanaia), 80, $121, 68, $116.Store ewe lambs: M.W and A.M Flood, 89, $127, 76, $102; Kerley Agriculture Ltd, 133, $115.Store mixed sex lambs: Tauwharetoi Station (Ruakituri), 71, $122, 291, $121, 128, $94.50, 4, $56; M.W and A.M Flood, 45, $91.