Rain, the promise of grass growth and finishers with contracts to fill meant store lambs were fully firm on last week at Stortford Lodge yesterday.

A small yarding of quality cattle was also in strong demand.

Ewes with lambs at foot were also up on last week for a quality yarding.

A feature of the yarding of about 150 head was the number of dairy breed stock on offer.


In-calf cows, heifers, empty cows, steers and yearling bulls were all on offer. The number of lambs from Pitt Island and Chatham Island were also a feature.

They sold well.

Buyers for the cattle and about 2500 sheep came from Rangitikei, Manawatu, Gisborne and Masterton as well as Hawke's Bay.

Cows: Wairua Dairies, Aorangi Rd, five fries, vic, av weight, 580kg, 205c/kg, $1190/head; five the same, av weight, 531kg, 198c/kg, $1055/head; nine empty fries, av weight, 516kg, 185c/kg, $955/head.

Heifers: 2yr, Wairua Dairies, Aorangi Rd, six empty fries, av weight, 447kg, 171c/kg, $765/head; six the same, av weight, 434kg, 241c/kg, $1048/head; Bremner, Kinloch, four ang-cross, av weight, 307kg, 263c/kg, $810/head; Marotane Farm, Mangatarata, 22 ang, av weight, 404kg, 340c/kg, $1375/head; six the same, av weight, 450kg, 327c/kg, $1475/head. Yrling, B Tarrant, Waipukurau, five fries, av weight, 163kg, 263c/kg, $430/head; E Langley, Whakatu, four charo-cross, av weight, 239kg, 276c/kg, $660/head; Newstead Farm, Rissington, five crossbred, av weight, 215kg, 330c/kg, $710/head.

Steers: Belmont Station, Eskdale, 11 3yr ang, av weight, 537kg, 336c/kg, $1805/head. 2yr, Bremner, Kinloch, 11 ang and ang-cross, av weight, 301kg, 332c/kg, $1000/head; Two Peaks Station, Middleton Rd, seven simm-cross, av weight, 379kg, 317c/kg, $1205/head; D Torr, Waipunga, 10 fries, av weight, 507kg, 264c/kg, $1340/head; Waipunga Ltd, Kaiwaka, four ang, av weight, 396kg, 314c/kg, $1245/head; Kayley Farm, Puketapu, six fries, av weight, 334kg, 254c/kg, $850/head; N MacDonald, Havelock North, six ang and ang-cross, av weight, 490kg, 297c/kg, $1460/head.

Bulls: Little Texas, Whirinaki, five yrling fries, av weight, 341kg, 277c/kg, $940/head.

Ewes, lambs at foot: Pihanui, Cricklewood, all 5yr, 37 ewes, 57 b/f, $84.50 all counted; 30 ewes, 43 b/f, $80; 28 ewes, 38 b/f, $85; 36 ewes, 53 b/f, $85.50; 30 ewes, 40 b/f, $74; Awakeri Drainage, 74 ewes, 77 lambs, $80.


Lambs: Rauceby, Pitt Island, 191 m/s, $118; 168 m/s, $116.50; 100 m/s, $107; J Foster, Hautope, 260 male, $114.50; 118 male, $99.50; 324 male, $109; Pitt Strait, Pitt Island, 103 m/s, $121; T Anderson, Chatham Island, 190 ewe, $116.50; 149 m/s, $102.50; 57 male, $109.50; 35 m/s, $85.50; B and E Tuanui, Chatham Island, 65 c/o, $130; Apley Ltd, Rissington, 134 ewe, $106; 39 ewe, $98.50; K2K, Tikokino, 53 ram, $130; C Nicholson, Roys Hill, 128 ewe, $114; 34 ewe, $89.50; Brynaren Farms, Mangatarata, 105 m/s, $118.75; S Cheyne, Meeanee, 115 ewe, $116.50; Puhoro Station, Wairoa, 53 male, $115; Te Oha, Okawa, 51 c/o, $126.70; 48 ewe, $116.20; M and J Jessep Family Trust, Kaiwaka, 30 ewe, $113.25; B Kent, Bay View, 77 ms/ $116; 38 m/s, $103.50; Landquip, Twyford, 42 ewe, $116.25; Campden Farm, Glenross, 153 m/s, $108; 78 m/s, $85; Ngahere Station, Wakarara, 104 ewe, 4116.50; North Head, Pitt Island, 48 m/s b/f, $118.20; A and G Alexander, Hatuma, 62 c/o, $114.50; Belmont Farm, Eskdale, 77 m/s, $116; 38 m/s, $103.50.

Prime sale

A good quality yarding of cattle sold strongly at Monday's prime sale. The best ewes were up slightly but lesser types eased. Prime lambs remained strong for a big yarding.

Oxen: (Ang-here, ang) Av weight, 524kg to 767kg, 288c/kg to 300.5c/kg, $1638/head to $2304/head.
Cows: (Sth dev, fries-cross) Av weight, 525kg to 689kg, 169c/kg to 221c/kg, $887/head to $1523/head.
Heifers: (Fries, simm-cross) weight, 425kg and 462kg, 251.5c/kg, 255c/kg, $1083/head, $1163/head.

Ewes: Woolly, good, $84; good, $74 to $77.50. Slipe, good, $81.50 to $87; med, $78 to $81; lighter, $62.50 to $72. Shorn, good, $82; med, $63.50 to $71.50; light, $49.50.
Lambs: Male, $114.50 to $143.50; ewe, $110 to $130.50, b/f, $118; m/s, $118.70 to $$140.