Two-tooth ewe prices down


Val­ues for good qual­ity ewes were back $15 to $20 on last year’s prices at Te Kuiti’s an­nual two- tooth ewe fair.

The sale on Jan­uary 17 saw 18,000 sheep yarded at the Te Kuiti Sa­le­yards. The large gallery of buy­ers were all lo­cals and the sheep came for­ward in top con­di­tion thanks to the ex­cel­lent grow­ing sea­son that sheep farm­ers had.

The top price at the sale was $158 for a small pen of ewes from Te Kuiti farmer John Spellman, while another pen of his peren­dale ewes sold for $154.

Prices for rom­ney, peren­dale, rom­dale coop­worth and com­pos­ite ewes ranged from $130 to $155, while most of the sheep sold for $130 to $140.

A hand­ful of pens were passed in.

Te Kuiti sheep farmer and sale reg­u­lar Paul Grainger said he was rea­son­ably happy with the $145 paid for his rom­ney ewes. ‘‘It’s held up well and there’s not a lot of dif­fer­ence be­tween the top and the sec­ond cuts.’’

He said he was un­cer­tain why prices were down but sug­gested farmer con­fi­dence could be a pos­si­ble rea­son with meat sec­tor re­form a hot topic of dis­cus­sion among farm­ers.

‘‘There’s a ques­tion mark over the sheep in­dus­try at the mo­ment.’’

PGG Wright­son King Coun­try live­stock man­ager Bill Har­ri­son said the mar­ket was $20 back on last year’s sale, but in line with other fairs in the North Is­land. Fair­fax NZ

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