A medium yarding of prime stock at Charlton last Thursday saw prime lambs stay firm, while there was a slight easing in ewe pricing on the back of the mutton schedule drop.
Typically, at this time of the year, sales are mostly quite small and that certainly was the case at Stortford Lodge last week, with less than 200 cattle and 3000 sheep, mostly lambs, yarded.
A form of "spring-fever" is also showing at most venues, with Hawke's Bay no different, as expectations of a grass growth boom following the more than abundant rain and relatively mild temperatures influence buyer's thinking.
Cattle sold really well at Pukekohe on Saturday August 4, with cows making to $925 and small weaner heifers and steers to $460, Chris Humphrey of Livestock Mart Auctions reported.
As is usual for this time of year (mid winter) buyers tend to be very choosey and are prepared to pay for better quality stock.
Any cattle of lesser breeding remain harder to sell.
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