Good in-lamb ewes soared to new heights at yesterday's Stortford Lodge store sale, although lambs continued to be strong.

Te Tiki Station, Ohuka, offered 359 five-year ewes and 192 mixed-age in-lamb romney ewes.

The 5-year-olds made $231 and $234 and the younger sheep $240 and $238. They were scanned at more than 170per cent.

Other in-lamb ewes offered did not do so well at $189 and $181 which was still above works value.

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Store lambs continued to climb with the best of them making $189 for pen of cryptorchids.

Some smaller ewe lambs eased slightly but the overall tone remained strong with lambs coming from as far away as Gisborne and Waikato in the yarding of about 4600 head.

Yearling bulls in a small offering of about 100 head sold well.

Buyers were from Hawke's Bay with interest from Gisborne, Pahiatua, Feilding and Taupo.

PRICES
CATTLE

Bulls: 2yr, G and A Smith P/ship, Hatuma, seven white gall, av weight, 427kg, 243c/kg, $1040/head; Yrling, Mahurangi Station, Wairoa, 18 fries, av weight, 225kg, 337c/kg, $760/head; 22 fries, av weight, 237kg, 324c/kg, $770/head; Rangitupae, Longlands, nine fries, av weight, 235kg, 290c/kg, $685/head.

Heifers: Summit Farm, Ongaonga, eight 2yr ang, av weight, 361kg, 301c/kg, $1090/head. Yrling, Tennant Faming, Flemington, 19 simm-cross, av weight, 263kg, 350c/kg, $930/head; G and A Smith P/ship, Hatuma, five crossbred, av weight, 344kg, 298c/kg, $1025/head.

SHEEP

Ewes: (SIL) Te Tiki Station, Ohuka, 290 5yr, $234; 69 5yr, $231; 167 m/a, $140; 96 m/a, $238; Rocky Basin, Kaiwaka, 78 m/a, $189; A Needes, Pakowhai; 13 m/a, $181.

Ewes, lambs at foot: Netherton Station, Elsthorpe, 83 ewes, 83 b/f lambs, $104 all counted; 68 ewes, 69 b/f, $104; A Duncan, Te Awanga, 22 ewes, 26 lambs, $15; L Burnside, Hastings, 20 ewes, 22 b/f, $98; Glenburn Farm, Waimarama, 42 ewes, 52 b/f, $126.50; 33 ewes, 43 b/f, $125; T Swanwick, Maraetotara, five ewes, six lambs, $123; J Smith, Raukawa, 18 ewes, 20 b/f, $114; O Wright, 11 ewes, 16 wilts, $100; S Mowat, Raukawa, four ewes, six b/f, $125.

Lambs: Ramoe Station, Wharekopae, 176 c/o, $189; 59 c/o, $174; 115 ewe, $171.50; 106 ewe, $161.50; C Nicholson, Roys Hill, 12 5 male, $173.50; Okare Station, Wairoa, 105 male, $178.50; 48 male, $157; 66 ewe, $159; Titoki Station, Omakere, 96 c/o, $168; 224 ewe, $167; 63 ewe, $155; 40 c/o, $163; H and J Powdrell, Wairoa, 188 male, $171; G and J McLennan, Oueroa, 220 male, $149.50; 173 ewe, $151; Hatuma Farm, Waipukurau, 86 male, $167; 93 ewe, $161; Lockwood Romney, Otamauri, 100 ram, $161; Karamu Ltd, Wairoa, 37 male, $173; 152 ewe, $169; 32 ewe b/f, $150; Toronui, Otoi, 295 ewe, $152.50; 159 ewe, $150.50; 58 m/s, $138; Blackwill Ltd, Ohuka, 160 ewe, $167; 60 ewe, $161; Glendoone, Crownthorpe, 135 ewe, $1139.50; 135 ewe, $131; K and N hall Ps/hip, Wallingford, 57 c/o, $167.50; Caithness Farm, Sherenden, 50 ewe, $157.50; B J Harrison, Trust, Tukituki, 55 ewe, $187; Omaha Station, Gisborne, 50 male, $134.50; 52 ewe, $120; Maraenui Farm, Meeanee, 75 m/s, $140; 55 m/s, $120; Wynne-Lewis Farming, Porangahau, 58 ewe, $161; Pentire Farm, Oruaiwi, 61 m/s, $147.50; 30 m/s, $131; Williams Hill, Puketitiri, 40 m/s, $170.50; J Shoemark, Meeanee, 58 ewe, $145; S Van Houtte, Pahiatua, 46 male, $154; Tukemokihi Station, Wairoa, 88 m/s, $156; J Paget, Waipawa, 40 ewe b/f, $176.

PRIME SALE

Prime lamb prices reached new levels at Monday's sale.

A quality yarding of more than 900 head reached levels some said equalled $9/kg as buyers bid on a lively market. Top price was $232 for a pen of mixed-sex black-faced lambs. The best ewe lambs made $223.50. The market rises every week and is now breaking records.

A small yarding of ewes also sold strongly. One big woolly wether fetched a top price of $230.

In the cattle sale the returns are a reflection of the quality of the offering of 20 head. A pen of 15 vic cows sold well.

PRICES
CATTLE

Cows: (Ang-here) Av weight, 617kg, 250c/kg, $1544/head.

Oxen: (Dairy-cross, simm-cross, ang) Av weight, 310kg to 565kg, 220c/kg to 290c/kg, $682/head to $1582/head.

SHEEP

Ewes: Woolly, heavy, $180; good, $170. Slipe, heavy, $185; good, $160, $178; med, $149.50 to $255.50; light, $115 to 4127; 2th, $115. Shorn, heavy, $184.

Lambs: Male, $171 to $230; b/f, $187; ewe, $170 to $223; b/f, 185; m/s, $171 to $198; b/f, $232.