The prospect of early grass growth saw lamb finishers paying for longer-term lambs at yesterday's Stortford Lodge store sale.

Better lambs held their value but the rise in the demand for smaller lambs was noticeable.
A small cattle yarding of about 130 head sold to expectations.

Buyers were from Hawke's Bay with support from Taupo, Gisborne and Masterton.

PRICES

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Cattle — steers: 2yr, Matthews Station, Tikokino, 19 ang and ang-here, av weight, 387kg, 307c/kg, $1190/head; Ohinemana, Chatham Island, 12 here-cross, av weight, 269kg, 289c/kg, $780/head. Yrling, L Reriti, Chatham Island, nine simm-cross, av weight, 200kg, 379c/kg, $760/head; five simm-cross, av weight, 163kg, 395c/kg, $645/head.

Bulls: 2yr, Truebridge Contractors, Patoka, 19 fries, av weight, 491kg, 279c/kg, $1375/head; L Cooper, Takapau, four fries, av weight, 383kg, 224c/kg, $860/head.
Heifers: 2yr, Top Rocky Trust, Whakapirau, 16 ang, av weight, 470kg, 287c/kg, $1350/head; Matthews Station, Takapau, 16 ang, av weight, 388kg, 289c/kg, $1125/head; Ohinemana, Chatham Island, seven ang-here, av weight, 255c/kg, $765/head; M Foley, Valley Rd, five here-fries, av weight, 384kg, 263c/kg, $1010/head.
Yrling, L Reriti, Chatham Island, 10 simm-cross, av weight, 183kg, 365c/kg, $670/head.

Sheep — ewes: (SIL) D and M Daunton, Omakere, 100 m/a, 140 per cent, $200; Ardfert P/ship, Omakere, 87 5yr, $152; Riverview, Umutaoroa, 89 m/a, $148; Goodwater Solutions, CHB, 21 ewes, rwr, $158; Te Awanga Downs, Te Awanga, 31 ewes, sil, $168.
Lambs: Rangitupae, Tikokino, 67 male, $157; Parkwith Farm, Ruakituri, 67 male, $157; 96 male, $149.50; 208 male, $149; 46 ewe, $147; 42 ewe, $138.50; Marotane Farm, Mangatarata, 144 ewe, $156.50; 30 ewe, $137; Kerry Downs, Te Pohue, 93 male, $143; 94 b/f ewe, $136.50; 93 b/f ewe, $123; Joncole P/ship, Te Hauke, 82 b/f ewe, $138; Lagoon Farm, Napier, 57 ewe, $163; 59 ewe, $151; I Blair, Putorino, 35 b/f male, $162; Glendoone Farm, Crownthorpe, 116 ewe, $119; 77 b/f ewe, $107.50; Taihoa, Tutira, 71 ewe, $143; Trigham Station, Patoka, 55 ewe, $127.50; Allen Farming, Mangleton, 43 c/o, $144; 39 ewe, $129; R Dalziell, Ohuka, 41 ewe, $146.50; 24 male, $169.50; Pickett Farming Co, Waihau, 120 ewe, $137; 69 male, $145.50; Matu Waihau Ltd, Wairoa, 50 m/s, $132.50; Colbrae, Ashley Clinton, 40 m/s, $131; Haupouri Station, Ocean Beach, 31 male, $130.50; 34 ewe, $115; R and B Nimon P/ship, Matapiro, 30 m/s, $134; Hau-iti Farm, Middle Rd, 43 m/s, $136.

PRIME SALE

Top-quality stock was largely absent from Monday's sale which was reflected in the prices.

PRICES

Cattle: All angus, yarding, 48 head.

Heifers: Av weight, 423kg, 490kg, 292c/kg, 300c/kg, $1235/head. $1472/head;
Oxen: Av weight, 455kg, 298c/kg, $1358/head.

Cows: (VIC), Av weight, 565kg, 220c/kg, $1243/head.

Sheep — Ewes: Slipe, heavy, $188; good, $160 to $174; med, $147; light, $114 to $127; 2th, $127 to $159. Woolly, good, $170, Shorn, good, $162, $164; med, $127; light, $110.

Lambs: Male, $126 to $196; b/f, $175.50. Ewe, $145.50 to $169; b/f, $175, M/s, $150, $194.40; b/f, $189.