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Ruatoria ewes fetch good price

THERE were 4100 sheep sold yesterday at the weekly Matawhero sale, including 1050 mixed-aged ewes from LMJ P/S at Ruatoria. These ewes were capital stock, had good mouths and were in excellent condition. They had been running with a ram since March 15.

The first pick sold for $170.

There were only a handful of prime sheep yarded, selling to recent values.

There were more smaller store lambs available this week, and the average price paid fell from $131.50 to $117.

The best price of $153.50 for store male lambs went to Waikura Ltd for a pen of 173.

Bushy Knoll Forest Ltd topped the store ewe lambs, with their best pen of 82 selling for $125.50.

Best prices —

Store male lambs: Waikura Ltd, 173, $153.50, 185, $150, 130, $135; Pakihiroa Farms Ltd (Ruatoria), 57, $133, 21, $93.50; Waikuku Holdings (Wairoa), 72, $129; Kia Ora Station (Ruatoria), 65, $121, 33, $100; Kerley Agriculture Ltd, 18, $119; Hassendean P/S, 12, $116, 27, $75.50, 11, $54; Awanui Farm Co Ltd (Te Wera), 11, $109.

Store ewe lambs: Bushy Knoll Forest Ltd, 82, $125.50, 59, $122; Holdsworth Paringahau, 172, $124.50, 432, $121, 143, $103.50; Pakihiroa Farms Ltd, 354, $122, 116, $92, 52, $80; Waikura Ltd, 73, $120, 23, $98; Waikuku Holdings, 195, $120, 119, $118.50; CP Healey, 100, $119; Kerley Agriculture Ltd, 79, $113.50; Kia Ora Station, 30, $110, 16, $87; Awanui Farm Co Ltd, 18, $102, 8, $85.

Store mixed-age ewes, rwr: LMJ P/S, 219, $170, 616, $140, 215, $116; Gowerville P/S, 14, $130.

SUCCESSFUL SALE: These capital stock, mixed-aged ewes from Ruatoria sold for $170 at yesterday's Matawhero sale. There were 219 in this pen, they had good mouths, were in excellent condition and had been running with a ram since March 15. Their second and third cuts sold for $140 and $116. Picture by Trevor Brown