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Total clearance at sale

TOP PRICE: These were the top cut from Rakopu Farms Ltd at Tolaga Bay presented at the first cattle fair of the year at Matawhero yesterday. The 20 rising 2.5-year Angus cross steers weighed 585kg and sold for $1822. Picture by Trevor Brown

THERE was a small yarding of 435 cattle offered at Matawhero yesterday, with a small number of local buyers and there was a total clearance.

The older steers and the yearling bulls fell by 10 – 25ckg.

Meat schedule prices have fallen since the December fair, while the current lack of rain and Covid-19 uncertainty might have created some caution.

There were three consignments of quality cattle offered.

Rakopu Farms Ltd, at Tolaga Bay presented three pens of fat, rising 2.5-year steers. The first pen of 20 head, weighing 585kg, topped the sale at $1822.

Avondale Farming Gisborne offered three pens of rising 18-month steers, the top draft of 14 weighed 410kg and sold for $1300.

A much larger yarding is scheduled for February 15 when the annual draft from Waipuna Valley Farm at Rakauroa will be offered.

Prices/kg: R 2.5-year steers, $3.12 – $3.09; R 18-month steers, $3.65 – $2.79; R 18-month heifers, $3.62 – $2.65; R 18-months bulls, $3.09 – $2.62.

Best prices —

R 2.5-year steers: Rakopu Farms Ltd, 20 (585kg), $1822, 29 (550kg), $1702, 18 (505kg), $1560; Waikura Ltd, 4 (560kg), $1741; Avondale Farming Gisborne, 21 (450kg), $1405.

Mixed-aged cows: Waikura Ltd, 15 (515kg), $1100.

R 18-month steers: Avondale Farming Gisborne, 14 (410kg), $1300, 25 (350kg), $1180, 30 (330kg), $1070; Martin Haenga, 5 (445kg), $1300; Raroa Station, 5 (340kg), $1105, 6 (255kg), $930, 6 (205kg), $800; AC Baker, 6 (375kg), $1080; Murray Fleming, 7 (340kg), $950.

R 18-month heifers: Foster Farming P/S, 6 (355kg), $1050; Martin Paenga, 5 (385kg), $1050; Rahiri Farm Ltd, 10 (345kg), $1000; Avondale Farming Gisborne, 27 (290kg), $930.

R 18-month bulls: MTJ Fisher, 6 (450kg), $1240; Raroa Station, 1 (420kg), $1100, 3 (275kg), $770; Bruce Farming Ltd, 3 (315kg), $870, 6 (235kg), $725; Mangapoi Station Ltd, 4 (240kg), $700.