Stock sales around the region
FEILDING STORE STOCK SALE FRIDAY DECEMBER 15
After such a punishing last week, lamb entries were well over 10,000 head fewer than last week at under 7000.
That in itself would always help the market but, coupled with the fact that somebody told the South Island that lambs were cheap last week, lamb sale prices lifted overall by around $10-15/head and, in some cases, by up to $20/head.
A small pen of 28 freshly weaned, whiteface lambs from C Robbie, Palmerston North, sold for $119 but these were works quality with 90 top mixed-sex blackface store lambs from Roger Woodruffe, Awahuri, selling for $117.
Reading these figures, it is obvious that the absolute top end did not change greatly but the medium and lighter lambs, that were hit the hardest last week, reclaimed virtually all of last week’s fall.
A few pens of shorn lambs did not lack for buyers but all the lambs enjoyed a good day. With the rain being so localised and unevenly distributed, the local buyers were not particularly active and most lambs headed to the South Island or Hawkes Bay.
Some cattle sections enjoyed a lift as well, especially the better traditional steers. The yarding was again dominated by yearling cattle but numbers overall were less and much more manageable.
Struan Jones of Stanway grown up children’s trust sold 20 Angus two year steers for $1825 ($3.05) and the BLT Partnership, Feilding, sold 20 good yearling Angus steers for $1660 ($3.12). Steers may well have recovered the easing they suffered last week but mostly, as stated, for the better black steers.
Bulls was perhaps the day’s weakest cattle section and one suspects that money could be made by those buying bulls to carry through this dry period of increased slaughter demand.
Two year bulls were reasonably steady on a small yarding - D Whiting, Ashhurst, sold 4 Angus bulls for $1545 ($2.81) but the yearling bulls were harder work. Totara Grove, Halcombe, sold the heaviest yearling bulls, 16 Friesians, for $1218 ($2.54) which is clearly below recent highs.
The heifers did suffer a little with a lack of quality in the older heifers and low numbers and some pens of yearling heifers definitely looked buyable later in the sale but are not easy to place in these dry conditions.
David Smart Farms, Lees Road, sold the first pen of yearling heifers, 13 Charolais cross heifers, for $1110 ($2.64) and this remained the top heifer price.
Sheep (7,000): ewes (262), $51-$85; hoggets (20), $122; lambs (6,718); 32-43kg, $87-$119, $2.45-$3.25, lift; 26-30kg, $67-$92.50, $2.48-$3.37, lift; 20-25kg, $44.50-$83, $2.13-$3.45, lift.
Cattle (1,272): steers; 2yr (195), 375-599kg, $1370-$1825, $2.75-$3.15, lift; 1yr (414), 132-532kg, $380-$1660, $2.71-$3.44, lift; bulls; 2yr (33), 410-550kg, $1110-$1545, $2.71-$3.02, firm; 1yr (192), 273-479kg, $720-$1218, $2.51-$2.78, ease; heifers; 2yr (30), 285-440kg, $590-$970, $2.07-$2.53, ease; 1yr (378), 173-408kg, $520-$1110, $2.49-$2.89, ease; cows (30) and calves at foot, 510-635kg, $800-$1670, $1.57-$2.91.
FEILDING PRIME STOCK SALE MONDAY DECEMBER 18
This season’s prime sale programme ended the year with more of a whimper than a bang and a relatively unremarkable sale for both sheep and cattle. This was largely driven by numbers as the only section that increased in size was the bull section as the annual influx of Jersey bulls began.
Prime lamb numbers dropped back and the number of better prime lambs was an indication of the difficulties many are having lifting their lambs to good slaughter weights.
Much of the yarding could arguably have been classified as store or, at best, forward store. Not so for 5 massive lambs from Adrian Thurston’s dairy farm which sold for $145 and the Struan Land Company sold 40 lambs for $140.
Even with the reduced prime lamb numbers there was an overall slight easing in sale prices and cents/kg. The store lambs eased more but, as has been stated previously, this is not really the sale for store lambs. They were certainly cheaper than the lambs sold at last Friday’s strong store lamb sale.
With over 2000 ewes fewer than last Monday and a noticeable easing in sale prices last Monday, there was a definite improvement in ewe sale prices today. The heavier ewes lifted with the medium ewes at least firm. The grazing ewes did not change a great deal at all.
3 big Angus/Hereford steers attracted attention and sold for $1945 ($2.82) which does leave the prospect of farming on if so wished. One heavy Angus/Friesian heifer sold for $1505 ($1.93) with the lesser cents/kg reflecting the breed and thus the likely yield of the animal.
Sheep (4,931): lambs (1,716); prime (1,468), 33-56kg, $90-$145, $2.60-$3.10, ease; store (248), 26-34kg, $70-$101, $2.50-$3.00, ease; hoggets (44), $55-$100; ewes (3,105); good, heavy (745), 26-34kg, $104-$134, $3.90-$4.30, lift; medium (1,556), 21-25kg, $79-$101, $3.75-$4.20, firm; lighter (798), 16-20kg, $38-$78, $2.20-$3.90, steady; 2ths (6), $80-$81; male sheep (66), $40-$82.
Cattle (138): steers (3), 690kg, $1945, $2.82; heifers (16), 425-780kg, $1011-$1505, $1.93-$2.41; lesser sorts, 282-417kg, $353-$750, $1.25-$2.31; cows (58); good, heavy, 506-724kg, $885-$1346, $1.71-$2.05, firm; boners, 380-530kg, $547-$901, $1.44-$1.70, steady; lesser sorts, 290-300kg, $330-$353, $1.10-$1.22; bulls (61), 300-1010kg, $666-$2146, $1.47-$2.68.