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Oversupplied smaller lambs

A VERY large yarding of 4564 store lambs were at yesterday’s Matawhero Sale and the better lambs were up to $20 dearer than last week.

A dozen pens sold for more than $100.

Top price of $122 went to Orere Station Ltd at Pehiri, for a pen of 124 males and the vendor also received best price of $112.50 for a pen of 211 ewe lambs. However, the market was oversupplied with smaller, lighter-conditioned lambs — many of these sold from $70 down to $20 per head.

Jonathan Harris at Hangaroa, once again sold the best prime lambs, receiving $161 for a pen of 10 heavy black-face lambs. There will be strong interest in the outcome of next Tuesday’s Cattle Fair, as there has been a large number entered and grass is in short supply on many farms.

Best prices: store male lambs: Orere Station Ltd, 124, $122; Monte Farm & Forest Ltd (Waikura Valley), 269, $119, 194, $114; Tarere 2 Trust (Te Araroa), 154, $118.50, 243, $107, 53, $61; Kotare Station (Matawai), 68, $114; Hakurenga Inc (Waipiro Bay), 15, $113, 97, $98.50, 74, $80; Mangapoi Station Ltd (Ruatoria), 97, $107, 169, $105.50; Waiwhenua Farms P/S (Frasertown), 50, $110; B and C.A Aigner P/S (Ngatapa), 49, $104; Kaitoto Station L/S (Tikitiki), 74, $99; C.P Healey (Pehiri), 26, $90.

Store ewe lambs: Orere Station Ltd, 211, $112.50; Monte Farm & Forest Ltd, 95, $106, 73, $86; K.J & R.E Fisher (Motu), 96, $103.50, 130, $91.50, 130, $90.50, 92, $66.50; Kotare Station, 84, $90.50; Waiwhenua Farms P/S, 58, $86, 84, $71; Mangapoi Station Ltd, 36, $81; Hakurenga Inc, 43, $81; B and C.A Aigner P/S, 67, $81.

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