Plenty of outside interest meant prices were firm for all classes at yesterday's Stortford Lode store sale.

A big yarding of more than 1500 head sold well. A feature of the yarding was the more than 250 two-year bulls from Ngati Pahuwera, Putere. Two-year-old bulls made up a good percentage of the offering and they sold on a strong market.

The best of store lambs also sold well though the demand for smaller lambs was more subdued.

There were also plenty of ewes with lambs at foot and the better ones with older, docked, terminal lambs sold better than last week.

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Buyers were from Hawke's Bay Taranaki, Manawatu, Gisborne, Ohakune, Taupo and Martinborough.

PRICES
CATTLE

Cows and calves: Horiana Downs, Waimarama, (Cap stock) 19 3yr here-cross heifers, 19 calves, av weight, 785kg, 261c/kg, $12050/head; Alpha Tahi Ltd, Waipukurau, six crossbred cows, six calves, av weight, 543kg, 276c/kg, $1500/head.

Steers: 2yr, Williams Hill, Puketitiri, 25 charo-cross, av weight, 468kg, 276c/kg, $1600/head; Back Paddock Lakes, Takapau, 18 ang and ang-cross, av weight, 435kg, 321c/kg, $1400/head; Halliwell Trust, Patoka, 20 ang, av weight, 374kg, 331c/kg, $1240/head; 12 ang, av weight, 451kg, 337c/kg, $1525/head; N Tillett, Ashley Clinton, 13 ang, av weight, 473kg, 343c/kg, $1625/head; Watts and Son, Tutira, 10 ang, av weight, 401kg, 281c/kg, $1130/head; nine ang, av weight, 378kg, 280c/kg, $1060/head; I Millner, Tutira, five here-fries, av weight, 460kg, 292c/kg, $1345/head. Yrling, C and S Cutbush, Porangahau, 35 ang, av weight, 328kg, 372c/kg, $1220/head; Back Paddock Lakes, Takapau, 32 ang, av weight, 360kg, 355c/kg, $1280/head; 25 ang, av weight, 327kg, 372c/kg, $1220/head; 16 here-fries, av weight, 347kg, 336c/kg, $1170/head; six here-fries, av weight, 330kg, 327c/kg, $1080/head; seven here-fries, av weight, 268kg, 337c/kg, $905/head; Irons P/ship, Takapau, 25 here-cross, av weight, 258kg, 301c/kg, $780/head; 11 here-cross, av weight, 228kg, 325c/kg, $742/head; seven ang, av weight, 274kg, 291c/kg, $800/head; Mt Erin Station, Middle Rd, 30 ang, av weight, 298kg, 388c/kg, $1160/head; Martin Farming, Porangahau, 30 ang, av weight, 308kg 374c/kg, $1155/head; Mangaroa Farm, Rosser Rd, 36 here-fries, av weight, 229kg, 366c/kg, $840/head; Jessep Family Trust, Tangoio, 10 ang, av weight, 282kg, 368c/kg, $1040/head; seven ang, av weight, 213kg, 384c/kg, $820/head; D Elderkamp, Hatuma, 10 fries, av weight, 238kg, 214c/kg, $510/head; five ang-cross, av weight, 271kg, 206c/kg, $560/head; A and G P/ship, Bridge Pa, 10 here-fries, av weight, 227kg, 334c/kg $760/head; R Beattie, Middle Rd, 11 here-fries, av weight, 240kg, 360c/kg, $865/head; P Marsh, Crownthorpe, 10 here-cross, av weight, 199kg, 314c/kg, $625/head.

Bulls: 2yr, Ngati Pahuwera, Putere, 48 fries, av weight, 416kg, 326c/kg, $1360/head; 38 ang, av weight, 387kg, 323c/kg, $1285/head; 46 fries, av weight, 492kg, 322c/kg, $1590/head; 50 fries, av weight, 473kg 326c/kg, $1545/head; 36 fries, av weight, 464kg, 316c/kg, $1470/head; 30 fries, av weight, 422kg, 315c/kg, $1355/head; 30 fries, av weight, 406kg, 311c/kg, $1265/head; seven ang, av weight, 408kg, 307c/kg, $1255/head; 13 here-cross, av weight, 411kg, 315c/kg, $1300/head; Hicks Farming Ltd, Waiwhare, 15 fries, av weight, 494kg, 311c/kg, $1540/head; 12 fries, av weight, 458kg, 297c/kg, $1365/head; five fries, av weight, 416kg, 282c/kg, $1175/head; Punawaitai Farm, Pourere, 21 fries, av weight, 441kg, 301c/kg, $1330/head; 16 fries, av weight, 429kg, 310c/kg, $1355/head; J Gilmore, Sherenden, 26 fires, av weight, 530kg, 310c/kg, $1650/head; Halliwell Trust, Patoka, six ang, av weight, 454kg, 286c/kg, $1300/head; Woodstock Farm, Takapau, eight 18mth fries, av weight, 464kg, 292c/kg, $1360/head; 16 18mnth ang, av weight, 420kg, 294c/kg, $1325/head; 12 18mnht ang, av weight, 368kg, 291c/kg, $1075/head. Yrling, Rangitupae, Tikokino, 17 ang-cross, av weight, 280kg, 289c/kg, $810/head; J and J Stephens, Otane, 12 fries, av weight, 249kg, 286c/kg, $715/head; Matthew Station, Tikokino, nine ang, av weight, 380kg, 269c/kg, $1020/head; T Twist, Otane, 10 fries, av weight, 280kg, 314c/kg, $880/head.
Heifers: 2yr, Williams Hill, Puketitiri, 24 charo-cross, av weight, 388kg, 291c/kg, $1130/head; G Williams, Korokipo, 20 here-fries, av weight, 467kg, 290c/kg, $1360/head; D and J Willis, Porangahau, seven ang-here, av weight, 420kg, 304c/kg, $1280/head; Back Paddock Lakes, Takapau, six ang-cross, av weight, 482kg, 292c/kg, $1410/head; six ang-here, av weight, 480kg, 308c/kg, $1485/head; Kotete Ltd, Kairakau, 10 ang, av weight, 455kg, 315c/kg, $1435/head. Yrling, Natusch P/ship, Maraekakaho, 25 sth dev, av weight, 305kg, 347c/kg, $1060/head; A and C Milligan, Pakipaki, 30 ang, av weight, 246kg, 353c/kg, $870/head.

SHEEP

Ewes, lambs at foot: Tangihau Station, Rere, 28 55 b/f lambs, $114 all counted; 123 ewes, 48 b/f, $111; 20 ewes, 38 lambs, $112; 17 ewes, 30 b/f, $117.50; 18 ewes, 34 b/f, $116; 17 ewes, 32 b/f, $115; Cricklewood Station, Wairoa, 27 ewes, 32 b/f, $119; 31 ewes, 45 b/f, $115; 40 ewes, 55 b/f, $120.50; 35 ewes, 54 b/f, $115; Mangakuri Station, Kairakau, 33 ewes, 48 b/f, $118.50; 24 ewes, 40 b/f, $117; 22 ewes, 29 b/f, $118.50; Sentry Hill, Ashley Clinton, 44 ewes, 60 b/f, $116.50; 44 ewes, 65 b/f, $115.50; A and C McMillan, Clive, five ewes, nine lambs, $116; G Clements, Waimarama, eight ewes, eight lambs, $91; N Tillett, Ashley Clinton, four ewes seven lambs, $115.

Lambs: Hautope Land Co, Hautope, 141 male, $190; Hobson Farming, Ngawaka, 191 male, $169; 167 ewe, $152; 137 male, $156; 80 male, $156; 80 male, $149.50; 56 ewe, $118.50; A Walsh, Dartmoor, 100 male, b/f, $171; 121 b/f ewe, $164; Maharanui Farm, Weber, 102 male, $169; 165 male, $154; 71 ewe, $157; 271 ewe, $146; Silverdale Farm, Otane, 165 ewe, $157.50; 50 ewe, $149; Eparaima Hills, Wallingford, 200 ewe, $157.50; 83 ewe, $131; Camot Farming Porangahau, 88 ewe, $170; Glenview Farm, Tangoio, 67 ewe, $137; T Brain, Wakarara, 52 ewe, $156; 43 male, $125; C McRae, Glenross, 50 ewe, $137.50; 60 male, $136; Est D B Wilson, Waimarama, 60 m/s, $140.50; Bartram Holdings, Waipukurau, 30 b/f ewe, $167.

Prime sale

Ewe prices recovered on a better-quality yarding than last week and cattle were strong at Monday's sale.

Lamb prices recovered for the best of the yarding but lesser pens were harder to sell.

The yarding of about 300 ewes, 23 cattle and about 1660 lambs was smaller than last week.

PRICES
CATTLE

Oxen: (Ang, specklepark) Av weight, 545kg to 670kg, 305c/kg to 328c/kg, $1662/head to $32147/head.

Heifers: (Ang, here-fries) Av weight, 290c/kg to 300c/kg, $1q251/head, $1470/head.

SHEEP

Ewes: Shorn, heavy, $186; slipe, heavy, $207; good, $168.50, $179; med, $164; light, $127 to $146.50. Woolly, med, $167.

Lambs: Male, $160 to $235; b/g, $202, $235; ewe, $150 to $216; m/s, $149.50to $200.50; b/f, $182, $188.¦