Stock sales around the region
FEILDING PRIME STOCK SALE NOVEMBER 6 Sheep entries eased from last week which was not unexpected given this late stage of the hogget season but ewe numbers dropped back quickly from last week and new season’s lambs are not exactly coming forward in any great numbers.
Hogget schedules are coming back a little and, combined with a couple less buyers operating this week, the sale prices for hoggets at this sale also eased.
The majority of the hoggets were medium types, predominantly ewe hoggets, with very few heavy males offered. The heavy males topped out at $184 for 11 from Hugh Winder and $183 for 7 from Holly Farm but all weight ranges eased back by a similar amount including the store hoggets. Most of the hoggets had no teeth left so time is up.
The spring lambs remained quite steady.
The sale began with a nice line of 85 from Blackburn and Sons which sold for $164 and Kontiki Farm later exceeded that value with 21 selling for $170.
These prices are a fraction less than last week but essentially steady all the same.
Ewe numbers were nearly 2,000 less than last week and, with all the good vibes in the mutton market, sale prices improved again even without the spectacular prices of the last two weeks.
There was an even split between good and medium types but all weight ranges lifted with no problem selling grazing ewes.
The discount between fresh two-tooths and hoggets remains less than previous years and it looks like there will be no easing in the price of sausages soon.
Even after last week’s lift in cow sale prices, cow values remained firm. One regular hogget trader moved into the cow auction.
The majority of the cows offered were dairies and also more Jerseys came forward this week which sell at a discount to the Friesians. There was also more weight in this week’s cow offering.
One good Angus steer sold for $2006 ($2.95) but the heifers were not particularly heavy and sold accordingly.
The bulls sold over a wide range with the very big heavy beef ex-service bulls and one big slabby Friesian bull obviously selling at a cents/kg discount. There was also a high proportion of Jersey bulls entered.
Sheep (5,356): lambs (615); 22-56kg, $80-$170, $3.03-$4.00; hoggets (1,742); heavy prime (232), 51-66kg, $160-$184, $2.80-$3.20, ease; medium prime (1,402), 40-50kg, $120-$157, $3.00-$3.30, ease; store (108), 30-38kg, $70-$121, $2.40-$3.20, ease; ewes (2,898); good, heavy (1,186), 26-30kg, $136-$170, $5.25-$5.60, lift; medium, (1,390), 21-25kg, $111-$139, $5.30-$5.60, lift; lighter (224), 17-20kg, $80-$106, $4.70-$5.30, lift; 2ths (98), $115-$140; male sheep (101); 2ths (62), $55-$165; adult (39), $52-$100.
Cattle (101): steer (1), 680kg, $2006, $2.95; heifers (13); 310-457kg, $914-$1074, $2.35-$2.95; lesser sorts, 260-295kg, $364-$472, $1.40-$1.60; cows (60); good, heavy, 540-740kg, $1198-$1672, $2.17-$2.26, firm; boners, 420-540kg, $831-$1150, $1.90-$2.42, firm; lesser sorts, 310- 390kg, $468-$592, $1.51-$1.52; bulls (27); 455-1040kg, $1110-$2244, $1.51-$2.83. FEILDING STORE STOCK SALE NOVEMBER 3 Once again this week, spring lambs only came forward in very limited numbers and many sale observers are predicting a big influx of small-medium store lambs at some stage soon. 13 prime lambs from Castle Glen Farms, Foxton, sold for $135 and, of the better store lambs, the Hugh Lilburn Family Trust, Makino Road, sold 157 mixed sex lambs for $112.
Ewes with lambs at foot sold to steady demand although one small line of 8 ewes and 17 lambs from S& J Lynch, Kairanga, sold for an impressive $118.
The main interest in the hogget section was a line of nearly 500 shorn capital stock ewe hoggets from PJ Broughan, Dannevirke. These sold in two lines with some observers considering their value as two-tooths but the auctions were dominated by meat buyers and the two lines eventually sold to the same buyer for $167 and $155.
Total sheep numbers were even less than last week.
The cattle sale offered plenty of pens without any particularly large lines but there were interesting standout lines in most sections. 6 three year old Angus steers from Taumata Station, Pongaroa, sold for $2030 ($3.26) matching last week’s top three year olds and this week’s draft of 24 Angus/Hereford two year old steers from Tony Brown, Kimbolton, sold for $1870 ($3.33), also matching last week with both those steer sections being firm.
This firmness did not carry over into the yearling steer section and, with the majority of these cattle being dairy cross, this section may have softened a little with no cattle of great interest offered in what was a large section.
Sheep (1,973): ewes (334) with LAF (504), $78-$118; dry ewes (99), $75-$151; hoggets (580), 31-47kg, $94-$167, $3.05-$3.53; lambs (456); 30-40kg, $112-$135, $3.41-$3.69; 18-28kg, $74-$107, $3.18-$4.02.
Cattle (1,179): steers; 3yr (24), 561-622kg, $1790-$2030, $3.04-$3.27, firm; 2yr (147), 318-562kg, $1045-$1870, $2.91-$3.46, firm; 1yr (313), 192-361kg, $735-$1270, $2.55-$3.92, soft; bulls; 2yr (29), 386-592kg, $1110-$1815, $2.88-$3.07; 1yr (214), 180-440kg, $580-$1365, $2.99-$3.59; heifers; 2yr (92), 321-526kg, $990-$1585, $2.94-$3.55, lift; 1yr (347), 195-333kg, $700-$1130, $2.96-$3.79, lift; cows (13) and calves, 564kg, $1815, $3.22.