Good, consistent prices for a yarding of 426 weaner dairy stock at the latest Dannevirke/Pahiatua sale reflected stability in the market, good for both sellers and buyers.

Some of the strong yarding of Friesian weaner bulls at the Dannevirke and Pahiatua Dairy Beef sale Tuesday November 20.
Some of the strong yarding of Friesian weaner bulls at the Dannevirke and Pahiatua Dairy Beef sale Tuesday November 20.

Numbers were down on the first sale of the season but keen local interest meant prices for the 250+ Friesian weaner bulls in the market were consistently over the $500/head mark.

The top price of $555 went to Van Asch Farming. Friesian bull prices were higher than other markets in the Manawatū.

These pure-bred shorthorn weaner bulls from Fourways Farm went for $520/head.
These pure-bred shorthorn weaner bulls from Fourways Farm went for $520/head.

Beef X bulls were fewer in number (70) but bidding for the best had a top price of $640/head and a range from $550-600 for the rest with medium quality stock all exceeding $500.

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Heifers were consistently in the $450-515 range for quality stock.

The next and final sale of dairy beef weaners before Christmas is December 11.

First pen of Friesian weaner bulls to be auctioned from Sinclair Bros. set the standard at $540/head.
First pen of Friesian weaner bulls to be auctioned from Sinclair Bros. set the standard at $540/head.