A big contingent of outside buyers kept prices up at yesterday's Stortford Lodge store sale.

A big yarding of about 1600 head of cattle sold well, particularly yearling angus steers.

Ewes with lambs at foot were down again on last week but this was a reflection of the quality on offer. Much of that yarding was hoggets with young lambs at foot.

The lamb offering was all spring lambs, many of outstanding quality, and they sold accordingly.

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Buyers were from Hawke's Bay, Taupo, Waikato, King Country, Manawatu, Rangitikei and the Bay of Plenty.

Prices
CATTLE:

Cows, calves at foot: Kokomoko Farm, Porangahau, (Cap stock) 18 ang cows, 18 calves, av weight, 664kg, 256c/kg, $1700/head; 17 ang, 18 calves, av weight, 678kg, 246c/kg, $1670/head.

Cows: G Dawson, Ridgemount, 20 4-9yr ang and ang-here, av weight, 581kg, 223c/kg, $1300/head; Corson Farming, Kereru, six empty fries, av weight, 570kg, 199c/kg, $1135/head.

Steers: Corson Farming, Kereru, 10 3yr ang-here, av weight, 649kg, 292c/kg, $1900/head. 2yr, D and P Fraser, Kaiwaka, nine ang and ang-cross, av weight, 532kg, 313c/kg, $1670/head; Whaitirinui Station, Raupunga, 20 ang, av weight, 474kg, 324c/kg, $1535/head; 28 ang, av weight, 438kg, 323c/kg, $1420/head; seven ang-here, av weight, 465kg, 316c/kg, $1470/head; G and K Matches, Glengarry, 10 here-fries-ang, av weight, 538kg, 308c/kg, $1660/head; Natusch P/ship, Maraekakaho, 27 sth dev, av weight, 629kg, 301c/kg, $1895/head; 13 sth dev, av weight, 592kg, 298c/kg, $1770/head; Mangatutu Station, Patoka, 36 fries, av weight, 367kg, 244c/kg, $900/head; 13 ang-here, av weight, 378kg, 292c/kg, $1105/head; five ang, av weight, 385kg, 266c/kg, $1025/head; Te Awatapu Downs, Chatham Island, 11 here-cross, av weight, 407kg, 290c/kg, $1185/head; R Graham, Bay View, 11 here-cross, av weight, 454kg, 273c/kg, $1240/head. Yrling, Kohitane Farm, Wairoa, 27 ang, av weight, 344kg, 332c/kg, $1145/head; I and P Waldrom, Waipawa, 19 ang, av weight, 338kg, 319c/kg, $1080/head; five sth dev-cross, av weight, 324kg, 320c/kg, $1038/head; Tahaenui Station, Wairoa, 28 ang-here, av weight, 343kg, 344c/kg $1180/head; 22 ang-here, av weight, 322kg, 338c/kg, $1090/head; Emerald Hills, Waihau, 46 ang, av weight, 355kg, 338c/kg, $1202/head; Mahanga Station, Wairoa, 42 ang, av weight, 325kg, 351c/kg, $1145/head; Mt Erin Station, Middle Rd, 31 ang, av weight, 330kg, 334c/kg, $1105/head; Hinerua Station, Wakarara, 39 ang-here, av weight, 289kg, 363c/kg, $1040/head; 27 ang-here, av weight, 260kg, 379c/kg, $990/head; seven sth dev-cross, av weight, 300kg, 319c/kg, $960/head; 19 ang and ang-cross, av weight, 223kg, 371c/kg, $830/head; Sorensen P/ship, Maraekakaho, 19 ang-here, av weight, 427kg, 322c/kg, $1380/head; Kent Enterprises, Tikokino, 11 here-cross, av weight, 351kg, 290c/kg, $1020/head; 17 ang and ang-here, av weight, 245kg, 347c/kg, $850/head; A and C Milligan, Pakipaki, 17 here-fries, av weight, 327kg, 287c/kg, $940/head; 11 here-fries, av weight, 277kg, 288c/kg, $800/head; D and M Farming, Ongaonga, 12 ang, av weight, 330kg, 337c/kg, $1115/head; R Boon, Te Pohue, 19 simm-cross, av weight, 337kg, 338c/kg, $1140/head; 13 charo-cross, av weight, 324kg, 323c/kg, $1050/head; Crownthorpe Heights, Whirinaki, 13 here-fries, av weight ,304kg, 300c/kg, $915/head; Stonehenge Trust, Whakapirau, nine crossbred, av weight, 219kg, 297c/kg, $650/head; Melrose Station, Tutira, six ang, av weight, 273kg, 331c/kg, $905/head; Limestone Ridge, five ang, av weight, 345kg, 295c/kg, $1020/head.

Bulls: 2yr, R Thompson, Nuhaka, 27 here-cross, av weight, 523kg, 290c/kg, $1520/head; 21 ang, av weight, 530kg, 284c/kg, $1510/head. Yrling, Potutu Station, Wairoa, 40 crossbred, av weight, 336kg, 283c/kg, $955/head; 25 sth dev-cross, av weight, 304kg, 295c/kg, $900/head; 13 crossbred, av weight, 302kg, 276c/kg, $835/head; Paroa Station, Tolaga Bay, 22 fries, av weight, 321kg, 286c/kg, $920/head; 30 fries, av weight, 286kg, 290c/kg, $830/head; Millstone P/ship, Waimarama, 19 sth dev, av weight, 327kg, 301c/kg, $985/head; P Collins, Lindsay Rd, nine fries, av weight, 393kg, 267c/kg, $1050/head; S Page, Chatham Island, six crossbred, av weight, 309kg, 226c/kg, $700/head; 20 crossbred, av weight, 174kg, 290c/kg, $505/head.

Heifers: 2yr, Braesomar, Tutira, 14 ang, av weight, 423kg, 295c/kg, $1250/head; Camden Contracting, Waipukurau, five crossbred, av weight, 315kg, 282c/kg, $890/head; P Redmond, six here-fries, av weight, six here-fries, av weight, 403kg, 285c/kg, $1150/head; Carlyon Station, Farm Rd, five charo-cross, av weight, 415kg, 291c/kg, $1210/head; five charo-cross, av weight, 380kg, 284c/kg, $1018/head.

SHEEP:

Ewes, lambs at foot: Te Parae Grazing, Omakere, 20 ewes, 31 lambs, $91 all counted; 34 ewes, 56 lambs, $97; Gallipoli Farm, Kairakau, 59 ewes, 106 b/f, $87; 33 ewes, 59 b/f, $90; Millstone P/ship, Waimarama, 106 ewes, 122 b/f, $102; Awanui, Pakipaki, 38 hgts, 39 lambs, $85; 37 hgts, 37 lambs, $88; 15 hgts, 17 lambs, $81; 22 hgts, 23 lambs, $85; J R Trust, Salisbury Rd, 28 6th, 32 b/f, $120.50; Te Tua Station, Valley Rd, 31 hgts, 37 lambs, $83; Keele/ Singleton, Apley Rd, 36 ewes, 37 b/f, $80; LandQuip Wilson Rd. five hgts, five lambs, $84.

Lambs: Lagoon Farm, Ahuriri, 104 ram, $102; 89 ewe, $94; 73 ewe, $79; Est D B Wilson, Waimarama, 135 m/s b/f, $98.20; 104 m/s b/f, $145; 104 ram b/f, $138.50; 87 ewe, $114; D Whitfield, Sherenden, 141 m/s, $143.50; 143 m/s, $114; J R Trust, Salisbury Rd, 114 m/s b/f, 114 m/s b/f, $112; Maaka Farm, Waimarama, 86 m/s b/f, $130; 82 wether, $121; 44 wether, $77; Doohan Bros, Tangoio, 167 ram, $110.50; 215 ram, $95.50; 122 ram, $85.50; Cricklewood Station, Wairoa, 244 m/s b/f, $101; S Magee, Mangateretere, 39 m/s, $138; 76 m/s, $116; Longacre Farm, Tukituki, 38 m/s, $70.

PRIME SALE

A big yarding of ewes sold well at Monday's sale.

The yarding of about 2000 was bigger and of better quality than the last few weeks as lamb weaning gets underway.

The best ewes sold especially well even with processing space tight.

Lambs also sold well with plenty of spring lambs now coming forward.

The biggest yarding of prime cattle for many months also sold well. The yarding of 98 head was almost entirely cows with six pens of heifers.

Prices:
CATTLE:

Cows: (Ang, here-fries, sth dev, simm-cross) Av weight, 425kg to 655kg, 181c/kg to 225c/kg, $769/head to $1488/head.

Heifers: (Ang, here, here-fries simm-cross) Av weight, 382kg to 585kg, 200c/kg to 281.5c/kg, $930/head to $1641/head.

SHEEP:

Ewes: Woolly, good, $141.50; med, $129.50; slipe, heavy, $176 to $182; good, $163 to $169; med, $128.50 to $169; light, $80 to $124; shorn, good, $175, $176; med, $137 to $154; lighter, $82.

Lambs: Hoggets, l/t, male, $165.50 to $205; spring, $138 to $153; ewe, $136.50 to $200; spring, $169; m/s, $179 to $197; spring, $149 to $180, b/f, $169.