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Heavies steady, smaller ease

by Trevor Brown

THERE was a large yarding of 4670 sheep at yesterday’s weekly Matawhero sheep sale where prices remained steady for the heavier store lambs, but eased for the smaller ones, caused by reduced buyer demand.

The continuing dry weather is causing hill country farmers to keep reducing their stock numbers.

Strong demand continued for all prime sheep.

Karanga Station sold one huge ram lamb for $201 and Makeretu Station sold three ewes for $162.

Tutumatai Station at Ruatoria sold 147 store male lambs for $138, while Totangi Farm Ltd at Ngatapa received $112 for a pen of 183 store ewe lambs.

Best prices —

Store male lambs: Tutumatai Station, 147, $138, 189, $125.50, 113, $120; KJ and RE Fisher, 163, $130, 158, $116.50, 49, $88; Matawai Deer Park Ltd, 144, $129, 120, $125; Puketia Station P/S, 187, $120.50, 369, $111.50, 100, $99; Waikura Ltd, 314, $119, 119, $106.50; Mangahauhau Hampshires, 23, $116; Whareopaia Station, 42, $105, 17, $70; Ingleby NZ LP — Matahiia, 45, $106, 126, $101, 149, $92, 67, $61; Totangi Farm Ltd, 26, $91.

Store ewe lambs: Totangi Farm Ltd, 183, $112, 130, $85, 33, $59; Waikura Ltd, 48, $94; Mangahauhau Hampshires, 21, $90; Awakeri Farm Ltd, 79, $87, 50, $76, 197, $75, 72, $60; Ingleby NZ LP — Matahiia, 84, $86, 190, $75, 30, $50; Whareopaia Station Ltd, 79, $85, 35, $60.