The livestock market is back on track after taking a breather in April when Easter and Anzac Day were celebrated within days of each other this year.

Saleyard and processing numbers were down as the two statutory holiday breaks collided.

Sheep and beef farmers in the Whanganui region, in general, are in better shape than our neighbours with rainfall favouring the coastal area rather than around the inland hills.

Independent livestock commentator, farmer and Whanganui's Horizons Regional councillor David Cotton said timely rain had helped Whanganui's cause.

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"I think we are in better shape than those up in Hunterville and

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