Cattle prices eased at the Stortford Lodge store sale yesterday.

R2 and R3 friesian bulls made up 272 head of the offering of about 530 head and sold slightly down on the last few weeks.

However, the story was different in the sheep pens where a pen of 261 two-tooth ewes from Otupae Station on the Napier-Taihape road scanned in-lamb at 165 per cent made $223.

Other pens made around the $180-plus mark.

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A pen of 376 5- and 6-year-old ewes from Cricklewood Station, near Wairoa, all scanned in-lamb with triplets, made $182.

The quality of the store lamb offering was up on the three or four weeks, which was reflected in the prices.

Buyers were from Hawke's Bay with support from Wanganui, Gisborne and Sanson buyers.

PRICES

Cattle — cows: (VIC) R and S Farming, Whakapirau, 11 m/a crossbred, av weight, 578kg, 221c/kg, $1280/head; R Dawson, Ridgemount, 10 m/a ang, av weight, 557kg, 220c/kg, $1230/head; Woodyard Farms, Waipawa, five ang, av weight, 527kg, 210c/kg, $1110/head; S Dalgleish, Wairoa, 10 R2 ang hfrs, rwb, av weight, 395kg, 244c/kg, $965/head.

Steers: R3, Wiha Farming P/ship, Dannevirke, nine ang, av weight, 552kg, 295c/kg, $1630/head. R2, Matthews Station, Tikokino, 28 ang, av weight, 461kg, 299c/kg, $1385/head; 17 ang, av weight, 435kg, 299c/kg, $1302/head; Bauckham P/ship, Salisbury Rd, 12 ang and here-cross, av weight, 479kg, 286c/kg, $1375/head; Tiromoana, Blackhead Rd, six ang-here, av weight, 520kg, 281c/kg, $1465/head; A Blair, Mangateretere, five here-fries, av weight, 355kg, 273c/kg, $970/head. R1, Taihoa, Tutira, 11 ang, av weight, 251kg, 350c/kg, $880/head; Mokara Farming, Tutira, six sth dev-cross, av weight, 250kg, 360c/kg, $900/head.

Bulls: R3, Glengyle Farm, Weber, eight fries, av weight, 599kgm, 275c/kg, $1650/head; 19 fries, av weight, 535kg, 275c/kg, $1475/head; 22 fries, av weight, 584kg, 274c/kg, $1605/head; 15 fries, av weight, 535kg, 275c/kg, $1475/head; 14 fries, av weight, 492kg, 275c/kg, $1355/head; 12 fries, av weight, 493kg, 273c/kg, $1350/head. R2, Truebridge Contractors, Patoka, 21 fries, av weight, 448kg, 269c/kg, $1210/head; 22 fries, av weight, 415kg, 272c/kg, $1130/head; 19 fries, av weight, 394kg, 271c/kg, $1070/head; R Thompson, Nuhaka, 31 fries, av weight, 405kg, 276c/kg, $1120/head; 23 fries, av weight, 374kg, 267c/kg, $1000/head; 28 fries, av weight, 400kg, 274c/kg, $1100/head; 22 fries, av weight, 389kg, 269c/kg, $1050/head; S McCallum, SH50, six fries, av weight, 517kg, 231c/kg, $1200/head; Ringarua Trust, Crownthorpe, five fries, av weight, 478kg, 244c/kg, $1170/head; R1, Walker Family Trust, Pukehou, seven ang, av weight, 231kg, 285c/kg, $660/head.

Heifers: R2, Matthews Station, Tikokino, 15 ang, av weight, 429kg, 271c/kg, $1165/head; five ang, av weight, 414kg, 256c/kg, $1060/head; Tiromoana, Blackhead Rd, five ang, av weight, 448kg, 258c/kg, $1140/head; Timandra P/ship, Matapiro, seven ang, av weight, 542kg, 260c/kg, $1415/head; Wiha Farming P/ship, Dannevirke, seven ang, av weight, 353kg, 260c/kg, $920/head; R1, Taihoa, Tutira, 11 ang, av weight, 224kg, 330c/kg, $740/head; Mokara Farming, Tutira, 10 ang-cross, av weight, 292kg, 321c/kg, $940/head; Glengyle Farm, Weber, eight ang, av weight, 151kg, 297c/kg, $450/head; Waikura Farm, Tutira, av weight, 194kg, 262c/kg, $510/head; Woodyard Farms, Waipawa, five ang, av weight, 238kg, 282c/kg, $672/head; G and H Collins, Puketapu, 12 here-fries, av weight, 281kg, 293c/kg, $825/head.

Sheep — ewes: (SIL) Otupae Station, Taihape Rd, 261 2th, $223; S and P Rogers, Wanstead, 88 5yr, $202; Tyrone Farm, Ongaonga, 125 5yr, $180; Cricklewood Station, Wairoa, 376 5/6yr, scanned 300 percent, $182; Wedd Farming, Puketitiri, 48 5yr, $180.50; Waihau P/ship, Waihau, 127 4/5yr, $181.

Lambs: Pourere Station, Omakere, 127 c/o, $133.50; 159 ewe, $130.50; 48 ewe, $123; Martin Farming Co, Porangahau, 115 male, $145.50; 100 b/f ewe, $129; Maaka Farm, Waimarama, 170 ewe, $160; Taihoa, Tutira, 81 c/o, $136; 36 c/o, $162; Kenyon Land Co, Porangahau, 106 b/f ewe, $151; 51 male, $163; Morven Farm, Sherenden, 141 male, $129; 34 ewe, $129; 32 ewe, $131; C and M Paterson, Crownthorpe, 61 weth, $155; Otupae Station, Taihape Rd, 114 ewe, $130; 70 male, $136; 52 ewe, $118; 38 male, $126.50; G And J Steenkamer, Maraetotara, 132 ewe, $126; Glen Innis Station, Wanstead, 63 ewe, $137.75; Waiwhenua Farm, Wairoa, 46 ram, $139; 34 ram, $126; T Brain, Wakarara, 53 c/o, $128.50; Connor Farming, Matapiro, 44 male, $136; 26 ewe, $134.50; Anewa Station, Wairoa, 106 ewe, $129; Hill Sixty Ltd, Wairoa, 50 male, $150; Trigham Station, Patoka, 77 ewe, $134; Glenburn Trust, Havelock North, 44 ram, $154.50; Hildreth Farms, Glenross, 39 ewe, $129; Tiromoana, Blackhead Rd, 36 ewe, $126; 36 ram, $139; Mulroy Farming, Kotemaori, 30 m/s, $122.50; R Holmes, Waipukurau, 30 m/s, $116.50.

PRIME SALE

A big yarding of more than 2500 lambs sold according to quality at Monday's prime sale.

The best of the lambs broke the $200 mark but most of them were between $160 and $190.

Top quality was also missing from the small yarding of ewes with the best of them making $157.

The 152 quality cattle on offer sold well with in-calf cows making up to $2.20/kg.

PRICES

Cattle — oxen: (Ang) Av weight, 546kg to 602kg, 293c/kg to 301c/kg, $1645/head to $1812/head.

Cows: (Ang, Sth dev) Av weigh, 493kg to 717kg, 200c/kg to 220c/kg, $1010/head to $1588/head.

Heifers: (Ang) Weight, 505kg and $620kg, 262c/kg, 266c/kg, $1343/head, $1624/head.
Bull: (Ang) Weight, 595kg, 256c/kg, $1523/head.
Sheep.-

Ewes: Slipe, good, $140.50 to $146.50; med, $124 to $132; light, $100 to $122; 2th, $131. Woolly, good, $150; med, $139.50. Shorn, good, $157; med, $138.50.
Lambs: Male, $101 to $206, b/f, $168.75 to $214. Ewe, $128 to 4192; b/f, $164 to $192.50. M/s, $165 to $198.