Ewes with lambs at foot were at least $10 dearer than last week at yesterday's Stortford Lodge store sale. Although the quality was better than last week, the rise was still remarkable.

Hoggets in the offering of about 1000 head also sold well although the quality was mixed.

Cattle prices were also strong with two-year-old friesian bulls making $3.28/kg and herefords $3.46.

However, buyers were choosy with anything other than traditional breeds or crosses being discounted.

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Buyers for the more than 500 cattle and 1700 sheep were from Hawke's Bay with some support from Feilding, Taupo, Rotorua and Gisborne.

PRICES
CATTLE

Cows: C McLachlan, Taihape Rd, three ang-cross, three calves, av weight, 435kg, 250c/kg, $1090/head; Wairua Dairies, Aorangi Rd, 12 empty fries, av weight, 540kg, 195c/kg, $1135/head; five the same, av weight, 458kg, 179c/kg, $820/head; six empty fries heifers, av weight, 484kg, 261c/kg, $1265/head.

Steers: 2yr, G and J Steenkamer, Maraetotara, 25 here, av weight, 427kg, 365c/kg, $1560/head; 10 here, av weight, 410kg, 342c/kg, $1405/head; Tukituki Awa, Takapau, 28 ang, av weight, 472kg, 357c/kg, $1685/head; Bell Family Trust, Matapiro Rd, seven ang-cross, av weight, 433kg, 320c/kg, $1385/head; K Kyle, Valley Rd, seven fries, av weight, 439kg, 245c/kg, $1080/head; six fries, av weight 397kg, 224c/kg, $890/head; Mangawhero Farm, Tukituki, seven fries, av weight, 459kg, 252c/kg, $1160/head; Puhoro Ltd, Wairoa, 20 ang-here, av weight, 328kg, 325c/kg, $1070/head. Yrling, Otoi Farming, Putere, 24 simm-cross, av weight, 316kg, 398c/kg, $1260/head; eight simm-cross, av weight, 280kg, 381c/kg, $1070/head; Circle M Ranch, Middle Rd, 14 here-fries, av weight, 307kg, 348c/kg, $1070/head; 11 here-fries, av weight, 263kg, 385c/kg, $1015/head; five here-cross, av weight, 287kg, 304c/kg, $855/head; G and S Horler, Chatham Island, 15 here-cross, av weight, 196kg, 410c/kg, $805/head; five here, av weight, 173kg, 396c/kg, $685/head; G King, Puketapu, nine here-fries, av weight, 233kg, 361c/kg, $845/head; S Sherriff, Waikoau, nine here-cross, av weight, 323kg, 272c/kg, $880/head; K Beams, Apley Rd, six fries-cross, av weight, 217kg, 179c/kg, $390/head; Prins Tullyfergus, Maraetotara, seven here-fries, av weight, 305kg, 354c/kg, $1080head.

Bulls: 2yr, Wairunga Ltd, Maraetotara, 17 fries, av weight, 489kg, 321c/kg, $1575/head; Hicks Farming Ltd, Waiwhare, 15 fries, av weight, 435kg, 328c/kg, $1430/head; 14 fries, av weight, 427kg, 321c/kg, $1375/head; Mahurangi Station, Wairoa, 18 fries, av weight, 445kg, 326c/kg $1455/head; Blue Gum Valley, Tutira, seven fries, av weight, 488kg, 286c/kg, $1400/head; Awahuri Pastoral, Ohiti, six here, av weight, 487kg, 346c/kg, $1690/head. Yrling, Mahurangi Station, Wairoa, 20 fries, av weight, 261kg, 332c/kg, $868/head; Bayfruit, Raukawa, 14 fries, av weight, 327kg, 301c/kg, $990/head; P and L Hodge, Tuai, seven ang, av weight, 322kg, 293c/kg, $945/head; nine here-cross, av weight, 292kg, 284c/kg, $830/head; six fries-cross, av weight, 266kg, 262c/kg, $700/head; H and P Trading, Maraetotara, eight fries, av weight, 231kg, 281c/kg, $650/head; D and V Mathias, Raupunga, eight dairy-cross, av weight, 226kg, 198c/kg, $450/head.

Heifers: 2yr, Puhoro Ltd, Wairoa, 17 sth dev-cross, av weight, 340kg, 310c/kg, $1055/head; J and O Mitchell, Eskdale, seven here-fries, av weight, 420kg, 286c/kg, $1205/head. Yrling, Oingo Holdings, Puketapu, eight here-fries, av weight, 301kg, 312c/kg, $940/head; Onewai Farm Ltd, Raupunga, 12 ang and ang-cross, av weight, 251kg, 346c/kg, $870/head; six crossbred, av weight, 287kg, 335c/kg, $965/head; Hau-iti Farm, Middle Rd, eight ang, av weight, 222kg, 339c/kg, $744/head; P and L Hodge, Tuai, nine ang-cross, av weight, 240kg, 295c/kg, $710/head; W Feetham, Highway 50, five ang, av weight, 308kg, 337c/kg, $1040/head.

SHEEP

Ewes, lambs at foot: Kokomoko Farm, Porangahau, 39 ewes, 39 b/f lambs, $125 all counted; 21 ewes, 37 b/f, $118; 28 ewes, 50 b/f, $116; 53 ewes, 84 b/f, $124; Punawaitai Farm, Pourere, 18 ewes, 25 lambs, $114.50; Cricklewood Station, Wairoa, 65 ewes, 99 b/f, $120; 53 ewes, 77 b/f, $122; 43 ewes, 60 b/f, $119; 39 ewes, 42 b/f, $115; 51 ewes, 86 b/f, $118; D Drummond, Takapau, eight ewes, nine lambs, $123.

Lambs: Falomai P/ship, Patoka, 168 ewe, $193; J and S Paterson, Dartmoor, 82 ewe, $180; I and P Reube, Te Awa Rd, 97 c/o, $161; 46 m/s b/f, $149; 42 c/o, $143; 35 m/s, $146; A Ormond, Mahia, 101 m/s b/f, $143.50; 52 m/s b/f, $170; 43 ewe, $141.50; 60 male, $143.50; 46 m/s, $151; 51 m/s b/f, $133.50; 29 m/s, $140. J Powdrell, Wairoa, 70 m/s, $130.

Prime sale A big yarding of lambs continued the trend of strong prices at Monday's sale. Top price for the about 2000 mostly top quality head on offer was 231 for a pen off 11 male lambs.

Ewe prices held up with one exceptional pen of shorn ewes making $212.50. The 15 head of cattle on offer also sold well.

PRICES
CATTLE

Heifer: (Ang, ang-here) Av weight, 492kg, 542kg, 299c/kg, 306c/kg, $1472/head, $1659/head.

Oxen: (Ang) Av weight, 630kg, 310c/kg, $1953/head.

Cows: (Here-fries, ang), Av weight, 720kg, 216c/kg, $1555/head.

SHEEP

Ewes: Slipe, good, $181 to $199; med, $158 to $168; lighter, $110 to $125. Woolly, heavy, $211; good, $197; med, $152. Light $121. Shorn, very heavy, $212.50; med, $155.50 to $162; light, $100 to $140.

Lambs: Male, $173 to $215.50; b/f, $231. Ewe, $160 to $191.50; m/s, $175.50.