The 500 head of cattle at KAIKOHE last Wednesday sold firm across most stock classes, Vaughan Vujcich of PGG Wrightson reported.
Two-year steers, a mix of whiteface and exotic-cross, made $2.32/kgLW, while yearling steers, a mix of Angus, Hereford and Simmental-cross, fetched $2.40-$2.60/kgLW.
Angus and beef-cross yearling bulls traded at $2.35-$2.45/kgLW.
Two-year heifers, a mix of Hereford-cross, whiteface and a few exotic-crosses realised $2.15-$2.20/kgLW. Yearling Charolais, whiteface and Angus heifers brought $2.40/kgLW for the heavier sorts and $2.60/kgLW for lighter.
Heavy beef and Friesian cows sold at $1.65/kgLW, and lighter $1.50-$1.55/kgLW.
Some good autumn-born steers, 240-260kg, sold well at $2.60-$2.75/kgLW for a mix of Angus and Shorthorn, while their sisters fetched $2.50-$2.60/kgLW.
Top yearling steers and heifers sold well at WELLSFORD last Monday, with grass just starting to grow, Grant Pallister of PGG Wrightson reported.
Two-year and 2.5-year steers, 500-610kg, fetched $2.10-$2.34/kgLW, and 420-480kg $2.38-$2.44/kgLW. One-year steers, 320-380kg, made $2.64-$2.65/kgLW, 240-270kg $2.42-$2.63/kgLW, 180-230kg $2.52-$2.92/kgLW.
One-year heifers, 320-350kg, traded at $2.43-$2.44/kgLW, 220-260kg $2.76-$2.86/kgLW, 135-185kg $2.78-$3.23/kgLW.
270-310kg 1-year bulls brought $2.22-$2.54/kgLW and 210-250kg $2.51-$3.02/kgLW.
Very few numbers of cattle were on offer in the prime sale last Tuesday, Pallister commented, with manufacturing classes selling well. Medium steers sold at $2.17-$2.27/kgLW, light $2.09-$2.22/kgLW, and medium heifers at $2.16-$2.18/kgLW.
Heavy cows made $1.78-$1.84/kgLW, medium $1.60-$1.70/kgLW, and light $1.29-$1.43/kgLW.
Medium bulls fetched $2.23-$2.29/kgLW.
The market remained the same as the previous week in the sheep section, Pallister noted, with numbers reducing as new season lambs get closer to coming on the market.
Heavy prime lambs $116-$122, medium $108-$112, and light $97-$103. Heavy ewes bought at $78-$86, medium $70-$75, and light $44-$63.
Good store lambs saw $71-$74.
The market at PUKEKOHE was strong again last week, Chris Humphrey of Livestock Mart Auctions reported, with fewer numbers of cattle on offer and an increased demand due to some recent rain. Medium 2-year steers reached $1275 and heifers $1120, with weaner cattle being the most sought after seeing steers fetch $540 and heifers $485.
Medium 2-year steers made $1042-$1275, light crossbred steers $900, good yearling steers $805-$885, medium yearling steers $700 and medium weaner steers $380-$540.
Best prime heifers sold at $950-$1120, medium yearling heifers $585-$675 and medium weaner heifers $425-$485.
Boner cows bought at $255-$885, and bulls $500-$1620.
Strong bidding saw a happy bunch of vendors leave the KUMEU last Monday, Humphrey commented, with medium sorts of yearling selling well.
Medium yearling whiteface steers bought at $685, with smaller steers $570-$630 and weaner steers $470-$500.
Medium yearling heifers made $618-$635, small crossbred heifers $550-$590 and weaner heifers $470. Some nice boner cows fetched $815.
Fat lambs $89-$111, hoggets $92-$106 and mixed-age ewes $80-86.
Good quality store cattle held value at TUAKAU last Thursday, Elders agent Craig Chamberlain said. About 740 cattle were yarded and Chamberlain described the sale as "sound". The market for good yearling steers was particularly strong, he said, but lesser-bred cattle were harder to sell and, consequently, discounted.
Beef-bred 2-year steers at 450kg-plus traded at $2.26-$2.38/kgLW, with steers at 388-450kg making $2.29-$2.57/kgLW. Friesian 2-year steers sold at $2.11/kgLW and $2.18/kgLW.
The sale featured a good line-up of yearling steers, including Angus steers at 280-330kg which made $2.72-$2.83/kgLW. Black-bodied Hereford-Friesians, 270-340kg, returned $2.54-$2.81/kgLW and some well-bred and well-framed Simmental-Friesian steers, 230-250kg, earned $2.93-$3.20/kgLW.
Lighter yearling steers, 180-230kg, fetched $2.41-$3.15/kgLW, and weaner steers sold at $520-$600.
In the heifer section, good Angus 2-year heifers at 350-420kg traded at $2.28-$2.38/kgLW and Hereford-Friesian heifers, 330-400kg, earned $2.23-$2.31/kgLW.
Good Simmental-Friesian yearling heifers, 220-250kg, made $2.53-$2.90/kgLW and straight beef-bred heifers, 225-320kg, $2.41-$2.68/kgLW. Prices for lighter 2-year heifers ranged from $2.50/kgLW to $2.90/kgLW. Weaner heifers earned $440-$540.
Prices for prime steers and heifers in a 390-head yarding firmed slightly at the prime sale last Wednesday, which was probably "a supply and demand thing", Chamberlain said.
Heavy steers, 650kg-plus, traded at $2.33-$2.37/kgLW, with 550-650kg steers making $2.26-$2.36/kgLW and trade steers, $2.25-$2.29/kgLW.
Heavy heifers, 500kg-plus, returned $2.25-$2.35/kgLW and trade-types, $2.22-$2.30/kgLW. Good beef cows, 500-600kg, earned $1.78-$1.80/kgLW and heavy boners fetched $1.57-$1.63/kgLW.
Medium boners made $1.49-$1.54/kgLW and lighter cows, $1.36-$1.43/kgLW.
Numbers were relatively small at last Monday's sheep sale, where old-season prime lambs in heavy order sold at $120-$135. Medium lambs earned $111-$119 and lighter sorts $102-$110. Heavy prime ewes returned $74-$88 and medium sorts, $60-$72.
BAY OF PLENTY
Cattle continue to flow through Rangiuru at a steady rate each week and last week's market remained steady also, Rod Kamphorst of PGG Wrightson commented. Some older steers may have moved upwards a cent or two, while conditioned lines and yearlings are bringing very satisfactory returns.
The heavier steers, over 480kg, made $1110-$1320, $2.18-$2.32/kgLW and lots weighing 400kg and better brought $960-$1090, $2.16-$2.32/kgLW. Yearling steers, 250kg and over, comprised more than 50% of the total entry, and this market was particularly strong at $670-$895, $2.39-$2.83/kgLW. The younger ones fetched $580-$645, again at high rates, $2.54-$2.89/kgLW.
Meaty heifers over 400kg brought $995-$1260, $2.15-$2.33/kgLW. A big entry of yearling heifers sold according to quality at $620-$748, $2.15-$2.68/kgLW, their smaller sisters making $550-$660, $2.45-$3.05/kgLW.
A short entry of bulls went well, a single bull making $2100, no doubt for service, the others making $1100-$1640, $2.11-$2.51.kgLW.
A top price of $1900 was paid for 750kg ox, $2.43/kgLW and prime heifers topped at $1395, $2.25/kgLW. Heavy boner cows crept into four figures at $1020-$1170, $1.71-$1.87/kgLW. Lighter boners made $430-$930 according to yield, $1.30-$3.06/kgLW.
The few weaner steers offered made $480-$500, $3.34-$3.62/kgLW and the heifers fetched $390-$480, $2.30-$3.41/kgLW, 125kg bulls selling at $425, $3.88/kgLW.
Lambs again made up the bulk of the offering of sheep and very heavy lambs produced a new high of $129 and sold from $98.50. A few ewes with lambs at foot made $63 all-counted.
It was generally a quieter week at FRANKTON, with the region buffeted by high winds. The yarding was about average at the prime fixture, and rather low at Wednesday's store sale where less than 300 cattle were far from enough to satisfy the demand as grass grows.
Prices for ox were steady on Tuesday but any heifers that lacked finish were slightly penalised, while cows remained at par rates, according to the report from NZ Farmers Livestock.
$1710 was paid for 750kg ox, $2.28/kgLW and two other lots over 700kg brought $1569 and $1682, $2.18-$2.30/kgLW. Ox in the 600kg range fetched $1305-$1585, $2-$2.25/kgLW, the lowest price of $1068 offered for a lot of 478kg, $2.23/kgLW.
$1204-$1282 bought top heifers over 500kg, $2.19-$2.23/kgLW, and the lower yielding types brought $893-$1007, $2.18-$2.22/kgLW. 800kg cows returned $1488, $1.86/kgLW and the better boners made $700-$765, $1.38-$1.46/kgLW. Lighter Friesians went at $476-$508, $1.17-$1.19/kgLW.
In the sheep pens, store lambs rose to $125, outstripping the best prime lambs which made $121. Other decent store lambs made $110-$115. Heavy ewes went to $96 from $85.
With such a small yarding of store cattle, buyers had to stretch themselves and every class and grade benefited on Wednesday. Some big figures were recorded for 2-year steers. While three small lots did make less than $1000, a significant number of lots traded at $1090-$1400. The bulk of these were Hereford/Friesian steers and made $2.18-$2.39/kgLW. Eighty-six Hereford/Friesian yearling steers, all bar one lot, sold strongly to bring $620-$885 over the entire offering, $2.46-$3.19/kgLW.
Similarly, yearling heifers fetched $640-$735, $2.09-$2.43/kgLW, and just three lots of 2-year heifers made $928-$1035, $2.22-$2.31/kgLW.
A few yearling bulls returned $680-$830, $2.14-$2.43/kgLW. Just three lots of 2-year heifers made $928-$1035, $2.22-$2.31/kgLW and $1020-$1225 bought useful 2-year bulls, $2.21-$2.65/kgLW.
At STRATFORD last Tuesday, prime Friesian steers, 635kg, bought at $2.20/kgLW, Sandra Engelen of NZ Farmers Livestock reported. Prime Hereford-cross steers, 492.5kg, $2.20/kgLW, prime Hereford/Friesian steers, 695kg, $2.24-$2.25/kgLW, and prime Angus steers, 450kg, $2.20/kgLW.
Prime Simmental heifers at 417.5kg made $2.24/kgLW, prime Hereford/Friesian heifers, 420-510kg, $2.10-$2.18/kgLW, and prime Hereford-cross heifers, 470kg, $2.14/kgLW. Empty Friesian-cross heifers, 335kg, sold at $1.76/kgLW.
Two-year crossbred bulls, 650kg, $2.24/kgLW.
Store Jersey cows, 315-515kg, traded at $1kg-$1.38/kgLW, store Friesian-cross cows, 441.7kg, $1.32/kgLW, store Friesian cows, 460kg, $1.76/kgLW, and store crossbred cows, 420kg, $1.38/kgLW.
In-milk Friesian-cross heifers made $1100-$1250, in-milk Jersey heifers, $500, in-milk Friesian heifers, $650-$1350, in-milk Friesian-cross heifers, $1100-$1325, and in-milk Friesian-cross cows, $1425-$1650.
The wind blew buyers in at the Stratford sheep and beef sale last Wednesday, Sandra Engelen of NZ Farmers reported, which saw the good quality cattle hold their prices.
Two-year Friesian steers 475-480kg traded at $970-$1020, 2-year Hereford-cross, 555kg, $1230, 2-year Hereford/Friesian, 405-460kg, $960, 2-year Shorthorn-cross, 580kg, $1265, 2-year Angus, 425-523.8kg, $930-$1135.
Two-year Hereford/Friesian heifers, 515-527.5kg, sold for $1120-$1175, and 2-year Friesian-cross heifers, 380kg, $640.
Fifteen-month Hereford-cross steers, 340kg, $840, 15-month Hereford/Friesian heifers, 337.5kg, $765, and 15-month crossbred bulls, 437.5kg, $1030.
One-year Charolais steers, 335kg, $790, 1-year Angus-cross steers, 225kg, $590, 1-year Hereford-cross steers, 243.3kg, $730, 1-year Hereford/Friesian steers, 195-251kg, $530-$750.
One year Angus/Friesian heifers, 390kg, $820, 1-year Hereford/Friesian heifers, 250kg, $575, 1-year Hereford-cross heifers, 212.5kg, $495, 1-year Friesian heifers, 250kg, $490.
One-year Charolais-cross bulls, 185-290kg, $500-$645, 1-year Friesian bulls, 223.8kg, $605, 1-year Murray Grey-cross bulls, 125-190kg, $430-$490, 1-year Angus-cross bulls, 167.5kg, $470, 1-year Charolais-cross bulls, 185kg, $500, 1-year Hereford/Friesian rigs, 265kg, $595, 1-year Galloway rigs, 275kg, $480.
Autumn-born Hereford/Friesian heifers, 102.5kg, $370, autumn-born Hereford-cross heifers, 117kg, $290, autumn-born Friesian bulls, 127.5-155kg, $300-$440, autumn-born Jersey-cross bulls, 145kg, $225, autumn-born Hereford/Friesian steers, 97.5kg, $400, autumn-born Hereford-cross steers 108.3kg, $350, autumn-born Angus-cross steers 100kg, $300.
Empty Friesian heifers, 300-385kg, $595-$725, White Galloway-cross cows, 506.7kg, $880, Hereford/Friesian cows with 2 calves, 565kg, $1270.
Hoggets fetched $72, mixed-sex lambs $70-$86, and mixed-age ewes $57-$69.
It was all over in less than 45 minutes at MATAWHERO last Friday, where only 394 sheep found their way to the sale as did around 30 people, including agents. In spite of the low numbers, there was nothing wrong with the results.
Prime sheep, which comprised the biggest number of lots, made full market rates, the few ewes penned selling at $81.50-$90.50. Prime lambs, which must be close to cutting their 2-teeth, also made value at $100.50-$115.50.
There was only one line of store lambs which were ewe lambs of medium style and sold at $90, $2.52/kgLW. The small bench showed interest in bold mixed age ewes from high country, and they sold for $93.50, their 2-tooth sisters making $85. One small line of ewes with lambs at foot brought $68 all-counted, while a good line of 4-tooth/5-year ewes were passed in at $85. A handful of store ewes made $76.50-$80.
A good bench, with many from the Manawatu, was presented with great yarding of over 1300 cattle at STORTFORD LODGE and quality was first class, especially in the yearling classes, Laurence Redshaw of LI Redshaw Ltd reported. Some lines were annual drafts but others came from properties that are starting to feel the effects of strong drying winds and low rainfall.
The demand for condition is still there. A consignment of 2-year Hereford/Friesian steers, 533-591kg, knocked down at $1245-$1340, $2.27-$2.34/kgLW. Of significance, out of over 200 2-year steers offered, just two lots made less than $1000. The highest lot traded at $1400 for a pen of 633kg Angus, $2.21/kgLW and the bulk of the entry sold at $2.22-$2.50/kgLW.
More than 400 yearling steers were penned and they produced some very good returns. Most made $2.40-$2.85/kgLW with one or two reaching $3.05/kgLW.
Very heavy Devon steers at 448kg made $1090, $2.43/kgLW and 391kg Angus recorded $1050, $2.69/kgLW. $765-$965 was needed for many lines with a few at $570-$620.
Competition was fierce for the top end of the yearling heifers, especially those with breeding potential, three nice lots selling at $877, $905 and $985, $2.73-$2.96/kgLW. The bulk of the heifers were either Angus or Angus/Hereford cross. Those of medium frame score made $650-$712, $2.40-$2.62/kgLW with some smaller sorts at $530-$545. Crossbred yearling heifers fetched $505-$625, $2.02-$2.58/kgLW. Good Charolais heifers made $800-$880, $2.49-$2.61/kgLW and the best of the Hereford/Friesians sold at $760-$860, $2.51-$2.82/kgLW.
Most yearling bulls were Friesians, the best making $840, $2.40/kgLW with mediums at $525-$685, $2.61-$3.24/kgLW and small $390, $2.02/kgLW.
Good 2-year heifers, in the 370-398kg range brought $882-$915, $2.24-$2.32/kgLW with 434kg Angus/Herefords selling at $955, $2.20/kgLW.
It was a case of hold onto your hat and swallow the dust in the sheep pens where only 330 hoggets were penned. The hogget market grinds to an end, with this week's lot selling at $100-$118 for useful and $68-$95 for lesser sorts. There was plenty of noise from the nearly 770 ewes and 1000 lambs, the best making $71-$78, mediums $60-$67.50 and others at $45-$56.50.
There was a good line-up of beef cows RWB seen at RONGOTEA last Wednesday, making $800-$1000 Malcolm Coombe of NZ Farmers reported.
Two-year steers, 400-450kg, made $850-$920, $2.20-$2.30/kgLW, while crossbred 2-year steers fetched $500-$700.
Two-year heifers, 400-450kg made $735-$780, $2.20-$2.30/kgLW, and others ranged from $600-$700.
Two-year Jersey bulls were fetching $930-$1070, $2.05-$2.15/kgLW.
Good yearling steers bought in the $600-$720 mark, while other yearling steers made $400-$500. A line of autumn-born steers weighing 305kg made $2.48/kgLW.
Yearling heifers made $650-$715, $2.30-$2.45/kgLW. A few dairies close to profit were making $900-$970, with a few heifers in the $950-$1000 range.
Boner cows sold at $750-$840, $1.40-$1.50/kgLW, and other cows $500-$650.
Prices were still holding in the calf pens as the numbers reduce. Top Friesian bulls $110-$120, medium $70-$90 and small $50-$60. Top whiteface bulls made $190-$205, with many around the $150-$180 mark. Top Angus-cross bulls fetched $130-$150, medium $100-$130, and small $90-$110. Top whiteface heifers $120-$140, medium $90-$110, and small $70-$80, while Angus-cross heifers made $110-$150. Charolais-cross heifers sold at $250
Medium mixed-sex lambs $95-$115.
100 calves were penned at the DANNEVIRKE calf sale, where the Friesian bulls were making the same price as beef-cross calves. The prices were slightly back this week, Friesian bulls made $90-$120, and mediums $70-$85. Whiteface bulls made $120-$140, and whiteface and beef heifers made $90-$120.
It was a very small yarding of sheep at FEILDING last Friday, Sam Wright of PGG Wrightson reported, with the selling done and dusted within half an hour.
The best of the ewes with lambs at foot sold at $62-$68, with mediums ranging from $52-$58.
Freshly cut 2-tooths fetched $111, and good ewe hoggets $85-$93, while a single pen of male hoggets made $114.
The better quality cattle on offer at Feilding sold very well, Jaime Cunninghame of PGG Wrightson commented, despite a smaller yarding.
The 2-year steers sold strongly at $2.45-$2.55/kgLW for traditional breeds, as did very good yearling steers for $3/kg, a small lift on the previous week.
Two-year heifers sold well at $2.25-$2.30/kgLW, while yearling heifers of medium quality were slightly back on last week at $2.30/kgLW for better sorts, and $2.60/kgLW for the lighter.
Yearling bulls were strong at $2.50 -$2.70/kgLW, with weaner bulls fetching $400 per head.
The prime lamb market at CANTERBURY PARK last Tuesday remained on par with the previous week's sale.
The best prime lambs traded at $115-$120, with the odd sale to $125. Medium prime lambs $110-$115 and lighter prime lambs $100-$108.
A larger yarding of prime sheep was met with similar demand, heavy ewes fetching $100-$120 with the odd sale at $127. Medium prime ewes $80-$93, and light prime ewes $60-$78.
A light yarding of store lambs also sold on par with the previous sale, the best lambs selling at $85-$92, medium $75-$80 and light $60-$65.
Prime steers, 490-545kg, fetched $2.10-$2.17/kgLW, 563-580kg, $2.05-$2.24/kgLW, 600-635kg, $2.21-$2.23/kgLW.
Prime heifers, 395-438kg, made $1.88-$2.10/kgLW, 475-600kg, $2.15-$2.25/kgLW.
Prime cows, 430-480kg, fetched $0.97-$2.25/kgLW, and prime bulls 515-615kg sold for $1.96-$2.25/kgLW.
A large yarding of good quality prime ewes was sold with values on heavier types lifting $15/head on recent sales at TINWALD, PGG Wrightson livestock manager Greg Cook reported.
The first of the new season's spring lambs saw the best of the small yarding selling up to $120 while a good quality offering of prime hoggets saw heavy types also fetching up to $120.
Heavy spring lambs sold from $115-$120 while medium types returned $110-$114 and smaller lambs $101-$109.
Heavy prime hoggets earned $110-$120, medium $100-$109 and light $85-$99. Good heavy prime ewes earned $105-$130, heavy $100-$109, medium $85-$99 and lighter sorts $70-$84.
Ewes all counted sold from $58-$70.
Both the prime cattle and sheep sales generally held their values of recent sales at TEMUKA, while some good quality medium type steers had an exceptional sale lifting 10c/kg on the previous week. A line of Romney ewe hoggets sold for $125 with a second line of Romdale hoggets selling from $123-$125, PGG Wrightson livestock manager Joe Higgins reported.
Prime steers 600-850kg earned $2.10-$2.15/kgLW, 450-600kg $2.08-$2.25/kgLW, 400-500kg $1.80-$2.25 and dairy types 500-620kg $1.90-$2.11/kgLW.
Heifers 500-680kg returned $2-$2.14/kgLW and 400-500kg $1.85-$2/kgLW. Dairy sorts 380-580kg earned $1.24-$1.80/kgLW.
550-800kg bulls returned $2.10-$2.25/kgLW and 400-500kg $1.90-$2.11/kgLW.
Heavy beef cows 500-800kg realised $1.40-$1.54/kgLW.
Dairy types 500-750kg $1.30-$1.45/kgLW with poorer types 340-500kg earning $0.60-$1.40/kgLW.
A very small yarding of store lambs saw forward types fetching $95-$110, medium $84-$94 and smaller lambs $60-$83. Ewes and lambs all counted sold from $60-$73.
A large yarding of prime lambs saw heavy types fetching $120-$126, medium $114-$119 and light $105-$103.
Heavy one-shear ewes returned $90-$100 and medium types $80-$89. The best of the adult ewes earned $92-$101, medium $75-90, medium freezers $66-$74 and light freezer sorts $50-$65.
A small yarding of prime hoggets met with little demand at BALCLUTHA last Wednesday, and consequently values reduced by up to $10/head, Barry Osborne of PGG Wrightson reported.
Heavy hoggets made $100-$107, medium $94-$99 and light $90.
An exceptional line-up of prime ewes met with good demand, and maintained values of previous sales. Heavy ewes sold at $90-$97, medium $78-$88 and light $65-$75.
Only one pen of ewes and lambs were on offer in today's store sheep section. These made $81 all counted.
There were no store cattle yarded.
A large yarding of prime cattle at LORNEVILLE sold on a sound market last Tuesday.
Medium prime beef heifers, 370-410kg, fetched $1.80-$1.90/kgLW, with medium dairy heifers, 360-400kg, $1.40-$1.60/kgLW.
Heavy prime cows, 520-650kg, sold at $1.26-$1.34/kgLW, mediums, 450-550kg, $1.20-$1.30/kgLW and light, 330-420kg, $0.80-$1.10/kgLW.
A large yarding of store cattle, mainly of average quality, also sold on a sound market.
Two-year medium Friesian steers, 450kg, made $900, and 1-year medium Hereford-cross steers, 220kg, $500.
Good 1-year Hereford-cross heifers, 284kg, traded at $615, with medium beef-cross 1-year heifers, 200-250kg, selling at $420-$520.
Beef-cross calves were met with a good demand, whereas Friesian calves attracted limited demand.
Top Hereford-cross bulls $130, medium Hereford-cross bulls $90, top Friesian bulls $50, medium Friesian bulls $30, top Hereford-cross heifers $80 and medium Hereford-cross heifers $50.
A medium yarding of prime sheep was met with firm demand. Heavy prime lambs bought at $110-$118, mediums $103-$109 and light $92-$98.
Good quality 2-tooths attracted $72-$89, with mediums making $55-$69.
Heavy ewes made $90-$114, medium $75-$85, and light $50-$65. The lower condition ewes fetched $30-$40, and heavy local trade rams bought for $20-$25.
Top woolly store lambs realised $100-$105, medium $90-95 and light $80-$85. Tail end lambs made $40-$50.
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