Santa delivers early with wish-list
January, followed by 92mm in February.
“From all this I came to the conclusion I must have been a very good boy and I was rewarded.”
The December 2017 report said: ‘Then last Friday the Feilding lamb another market crashed with auctioneers battling to find homes with the average price plummeting to around $2.30/kg live weight.’
“How very different this year with the late spring rains helping the grass grow across the region with the average price reported around the $4/kg for store lambs live weight. That is a massive $1.70/kg upside ($51 per head) and it’s great to see the hill country farmers rewarded for their hard work and commitment to the sheep industry.”
December 2018 paints an even rosier picture with the lamb killing price set at between $7.80/kg and $8/kg, mutton at $5/kg, prime cattle holding up around the $5.50/kg mark and interest rates (housing) at 3.95 per cent. Father Christmas has delivered early this year long may it last,” Cotton said.
“Prices have lifted substantially for all classes of stock in 2018 compared to say the lows of 2014 for instance.” ■
Lamb prices end on a high note in 2018 at $7.80/kg-$8/kg.Inset: David Cotton.