A lack of rain and stocked-up farmers contributed to slipping prices for all classes of store stock at Stortford Lodge yesterday.

Prices for a big yarding of more than 300 head eased as farmers are concerned at the lack of rain. Much of the offering came from dry areas outside Hawke's Bay and the lack of grass showed in their condition.

The same was true for the cattle sale of about 350 head. Much of the offering was dairy-cross breeds and although the angus sold well prices were down for the rest.

Buyers were all from Hawke's Bay as outside buyers stayed away because of feed shortages in their own areas.

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PRICES:

Cattle — steers: R3, B Donovan, Wairoa, 10 here-fries, av weight, 583kg, 262c/kg, $1528/head; Fruitstock Ltd, Raukawa, 7 crossbred, av weight, 715kg, 242c/kg, $1735/head. R2: A and J Black, Wairoa, 32 here-fries, av weight, 442kg, 263c/kg, $1190/head; Fruitstock Ltd, Raukawa, 15 ang-cross, av weight, 442kg, 263c/kg, $1165/head; 17 simm-cross, av weight, 424kg,. 262c/kg, $1115/head; 14 here-fries, av weight, 413kg, 260c/kg, $1075/head; 12 crossbred, av weight, 374kg, 250c/kg, $935/head; Porteous Family Trust, Puketapu, five ang and ang-here, av weight, 471kg, 269c/kg, $1270/head; five sth dev-cross, av weight, 499kg, 265c/kg, $1325/head.
Bulls: R2, Waikare Station, Waimarama, 15 fries, av weight, 375kg, 241c/kg, $905/head; Bay Heliwork, Roys Hill, 10 crossbred, av weight, 397kg, 231c/kg, $920/head; J Hutcheson, Porangahau, six fries-cross, av weight, 323kg, 213c/kg, $690/head; K Pritchard, Pakipaki, five fries, av weight, 446kg, 217c/kg, $970/head. Wnr, Pudney Farms, Wallingford, nine fries, av weight, 175kg, 285c/kg, $500/head; BCM Farm, Takapau, 11 fries, av weight, 216kg, 236c/kg, $510/head; Wenn Farm, Dannevirke, seven fries, av weight, 258kg, 271c/kg, $700/head; J Moore, Puketapu, 10 fries, av weight, 149kg, 322c/kg, $480/head.

Heifers: R2, Toronui Station, Tutira, 17 ang, av weight, 404kg, 267c/kg, $1080/head; 13 ang, av weight, 363kg, 283c/kg, $1030/head; B Farquharson, Glengarry, 20 ang-cross, av weight, 385kg, 255c/kg, $985/head; 10 here-fries, av weight, 376kg, 266c/kg, $1000/head; 10 here-cross, av weight, 379kg, 258c/kg, $985/head. Wnr, BCM Farm, Takapau, seven here-fries, av weight, 157kg, 261c/kg, $410/head; 12 here-fries, av weight, 132kg, 302c/kg, $400/head; P and K Reid, Whirinaki, 11 ang, av weight, 225kg, 300c/kg, $675/head.

Sheep — ewes: Whakaue Farming, Rotorua, 100 m/a, rwr, $136; 16 m/a, rwr, $110.50; Middle Hills, Ashley Clinton, 61 m/a, rwr, $165.

Lambs: Chrystall Farming, Wakarara, 241 c/o, $142; 221 ewe, $133; 43 c/o, $120; 84 ewe, $116; Kaiwaka Ltd, Kaiwaka, 139 c/o, $118; Franklin Farm, Waiohiki, 214 ram, $117.50; 101 ewe, $119.70; Pukerangi Station, Omakere, 185 c/o, $118; 32 c/o, $111.50; Parks Peak, Wakarara, 203 male, $120; 154 male, $114.50; 206 ewe, $108; 69 male, $103; 123 ewe, $115.50; 145 ewe, $93; W and C Koberstein, Mangakino, 248 male, $108.50; 243 male, $98; 112 male, $73; Forest Home Farm, 170 ewe, $122; 327 ewe, $114.50; Glenview Farm, Tangoio, 131 c/o, $118; Tuapae Farm, Kereru, 101 weth, $110; 128 m/s b/f, $110; 120 m/s b/f, $105; 142 ewe, $104; 60 m/s b/f, $90; Hurakia Trust, Taupo, 189 c/o, $96; 121 c/o, $102; 88 c/o, $91.50; T Carlton, Taupo, 146 weth, $92.50; 95 ewe, $85; Whakaue Farming, Rotorua, 77 m/s, $97; J Olsen, Taupo, 35 m/s, $94; Four Kings, Elsthorpe, 78 ewe, $106; 20 male, $110.50; Glenora Holdings, 70 m/s b/f, $105; 43 m/s, $96.50.

Prime sale

A big yarding of 95 cattle and more than 1100 top quality lambs sold well at Monday's sale.

A small yarding of about 350 ewes was of better quality than has been seen for some weeks and prices reflected that.

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The cattle yarding was made up largely of empty cows and one pen of vic cows.

PRICES:

Cattle — cows: (ang, ang-here, dairy, simm-cross) Av weight, 413kg to 700kg, 162c/kg to 204.5c/kg, $688/head to $1431/head.

Heifers: (Ang, lowline, here-cross, simm-cross, fries-cross) Av weight, 405kg to 620kg, 201c/kg to 279c/kg, $814/head to $1605/head.

Oxen: (Sth dev-cross, ang, here-fries) Av weight, 590kg to 690kg, 273c/kg to 288.5c/kg, $1648/head to $1966/head.

Sheep — ewes: Shorn, good, $146.50; med, $140; slipe, heavy, $185; good, $154 to $162.50; light, $119.

Lambs: Male, $ 141 to $197; b/f, $162; ewe, $130.50 to $170; b/f, $136.20, $138.50; m/s, $128 to $182; b/f, $124 to $166.¦