This week buying a good store lamb cost about $5 a head more than last week at Stortford Lodge.

A big yarding of about 3000 head sold strongly to Hawke's Bay buyers with one from Tauranga.

There were some bargains among the longer-term lambs but most pens were up on last week.

Agents said the rain of the last two weeks meant good grass growth and demand for lambs.

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In the cattle sale of about 500 head the story was different with several pens of a decidedly mixed-quality yarding passed in.

Good cattle continued to sell well.

PRICES

Cattle - steers: R2, Matthews Station, Tikokino, 14 ang, av weight, 418kg, 306c/kg, $1280/head; 14 ang, av weight, 404kg, 307c/kg, $1240/head; five crossbred, av weight, 376kg, 271c/kg, $1160/head; Kaiwaka Hawke's Bay, 12 ang, av weight, 399kg, 305c/kg, $1220/head; Osborne Family Trust, Porangahau, five crossbred, av weight, 349kg, 262c/kg, $915/head; six fries-cross, av weight, 416kg, 218c/kg, $910/head; G and D Sedcole, Crownthorpe, eight here-cross, av weight, 495kg, 268c/kg, $1330/head; Ohinemana, Chatham Island, seven ang-here, av weight, 268kg, 234c/kg, $630/head; D and L Codd P/ship, Puketapu, eight fries, av weight, 384kg, 222c/kg, $855/head; N and J van Wyk, Sherenden, five ang-here, av weight, 401kg, 288c/kg, $1160/head. Wnr, I and M Abernethy, Bush Rd, eight ang and ang-here, av weight, 215kg, 359c/kg, $775/head; 16 ang, av weight, 266kg, 375c/kg, $1000/head; 17 ang, av weight, 250kg, 383c/kg, $960/head; Mathis Farming, Takapau, 17 murray grey, av weight, 150kg, 310c/kg, $465/head; G Marsh, Bridge Pa, six here-fries, av weight, 313kg, 245c/kg $790/head.

Bulls: Wnr, M and A Campbell, Ashley Clinton, 21 fries, av weight, 153kg, 355c/kg, $545/head; S Page, Chatham Island, 14 crossbred, av weight, 163kg, 251c/kg, $410/head; 10 crossbred, av weight, 132kg, 238c/kg, $315/head; S and P Baker, Omakere, 14 here-fries, av weight, 206kg, 325c/kg, $670/head; 10 ang-cross, av weight, 197kg, 289c/kg, $572/head; Wharekauri Holdings, Chatham Island, 12 crossbred, av weight, 120kg, 223c/kg, $268/head; Five Freedoms, Waihau, eight here, av weight, 278kg, 333c/kg, $930/head; nine ang-here, av eight, 284kg, 298c/kg, $850/head.

Heifers: Wharekauri Holdings, Chatham Island, 10 R3 ang-cross, av weight, 215kg, 118c/kg, $255/head. R2, Bartholomew Trust, Poukawa, 17 ang, av weight, 382kg, 283c/kg, $1085/head; Bauckham P/ship, Salisbury Rd, 16 ang, av weight, 393kg, 275c/kg, $1085/head; McDonald P/ship, Hatuma, seven mixed breeds, av weight, 370kg, 244c/kg, $905/head; P and J Stevenson Family Trust, Havelock North, six simm-cross, av weight, 460kg, 251c/kg, $1160/head; N and J van Wyk, Sherenden, five here-fries, av weight, 326kg, 239c/kg, $900/head; five here-fries, av weight, 376kg, 239c/kg, $900/head; Logan Earthmoving, Matapiro, five ang-cross, av weight, 417kg, 256c/kg, $1070/head. Wnr, I and M Abernethy, Bush Rd, 24 ang, av weight, 247kg, 310c/kg, $770/head; Simmons Farming, Pakaututu, 12 ang, av weight, 187kg, 311c/kg, $585/head; Maunganui Station, Te Pohue, 10 ang, av weight, 170kg, 318c/kg, $545/head; S Page, Chatham Island, nine here-cross, av weight, 136kg, 183c/kg, $250/head.

Sheep - ewes: O Jonasen, Elsthorpe, 19 m/a, rwr, $165.

Lambs: Allen Farming, Mangleton, 163 c/o, $121.50; B Crystal, Tutira, 120 ram, $142; 79 ram, $134.50; The Heath, Aorangi Rd, 118 ram, $136; 64 ewe, $137; 100 ewe, $119; Hurakia Station, Mangakino, 117 male, $118.50; 243 male, $110.50; 61 male, $94; Kaiwaka Hawke's Bay, Kaiwaka, 100 c/o, $128; 50 ewe, $97.50; 23 ram, $174; Doohan Bros, Tangoio, 171 ewe, $121; 35 ewe, $113; T Carlton, Taupo, 138 ewe, $108; 261 ewe, $100.50; 109 male, $108.50; 69 male, $86.50; 111 ewe, $78; C and J Lee, Waipunga, 158 ewe, $120; 131 male, $126; 71 ewe, $108.50; I and M Abernethy, Bush Rd, 197 ewe, $133; 45 ewe, $112.50; G and J McLennan, Oueroa, 195 ewe, $119.50; 110 b/f ewe, $121.50; Tukemokihi station, Wairoa, 74 male, $124.50; 113 ewe, $99.50; 53 ewe, $74.40; 58 c/o, $88; p Martin Farming, Porangahau, 126 c/o, $135.50; 50 c/o, $144; Glentui P/ship, Tikokino, 91 c/o, $130; 48 c/o, $137; 59 c/o, $131; 92 b/f ewe, $129; D Koster, Taupo, 122 male, $121.50; 87 male, $115.50; 99 ewe, $109; 72 ewe, $114.50; Rotonui P/ship, Waihau, 80 male, $130; Elliffe Bros, Puketitiri, 45 ewe, $129; 29 b/f c/o, $137.50; D Matches, Glengarry, 55 b/f ewe, $125.50; 40 male, $135; Parks Peak Station, Wakarara, 45 male, $124; 33 m/s, $116.50; 39 ewe, $103; Kotare Farm, Havelock North, 13 m/s b/f, $136.50.

Prime sale

A good yarding of 145 head of cattle sold well at Monday's sale.

Lambs also sold well for a big yarding while a small yarding of ewes made good returns.

PRICES

Cattle - cows: (Dairy, ang-here, crossbred) Av weight, 427kg to 605kg, 142c/kg to 205.5c/kg, $607/head to $1244/head.

Heifers: (Ang, here-fries, simm-cross, ang-here) Av weight, 460kg to 615kg, $897/head to $1650/head.

Oxen: Ang, crossbred, ang-here) Av weight, 618kg to 776kg, 280.5c/kg to 290c/kg, $171'0/head to $2250/head.

Sheep - ewes: Slipe, heavy, $216; good, $150.50 to $162; med, $125, light, $71.

Lambs: Male, $126.50 to $185; b/f, $144.50 to $182. Ewe, $136 to $170.70; b/f, $138 to $153. M/s, $100 to $168; b/f, $135 to $159.