Santa de­liv­ers early with wish-list

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - The Country -

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.

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