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NZ FARMERS LIVESTOCK RONGOTEA SALE DECEMBER 7
Definitely the time for selling with top prices from market
A strong sale this week, with very
good prices from a grass market. It
is definitely a time to be selling.
WF 2 yr steers made $1800 ($2.41
kgLW), friesians $1530 ($2.33) and
cross bred made $1035 ($2.25). 2yr
hereford heifers sold for $885
($2.21) and cross breds for $770
($2.13). Jersey 2 yr service bulls
reached $1100 ($2.56). 15 month
charolais cross steers sold for $850
($2.41) and friesian cross steers
made $647 ($1.99).
Yearling friesian steers sold for
$805 ($2.22), WF yearling steers
made $1090 ($2.42) and belted gal-
loway steers at $540 ($2.05). In the
yearling heifer section friesians
made $605 ($2.03) and cross bred at
Other lines of yearlings were
making around the $2.05 to $2.40
kgLW. Autumn born cross bred
bulls made $505 ($2.87) and
friesians made $600 ($2.88).
A strong market for weaner bulls
this week. The top price for friesian
bulls was $500 ($3.84) for a heavy
line but other smaller lines were
$380- $430 per head. WF bulls made
great money at $512 ($3.86).
Weaner WF heifers sold very well to
with one line weighing in at 102kgs
making $480 and another line
weighing in at 113 making $525. A
Cow and calf made $740. In-calf
heifers to AB made $915.
Some big boners in this week
making $1300 ($1.70) and others at
Sheep sold well with mixed aged
ewes $150, mixed sex lambs up to
$147 and ram lambs at $137. Ewes
ranged from $75-$120 and wethers
sold for $117.
In the pig pens we were lucky
enough to have Richard Trembath
start his auctioneering career this
week. Baconers made $175, porkers
at $150 and chopper sows $66. Store
pigs made $95.
Quite a few calves this week for
December, with over 100 sold and a
similar number is expected next
week. Friesian bulls made to $185
and averaged $150. WF bulls sold
for $200-$250 and angus bulls at
$200-$210. In the heifer section
there were WF making $190-$210,
simmental at $185, angus at $175.
FEILDING STORE STOCK SALE FRIDAY DECEMBER 9
Twice the number of lambs yarded this
week as there was last week had no impact
whatsoever on sale prices, as demand con-
tinues unabated for store lambs and local
farmers are still struggling to control
pastures with regular rain keeping the
clover growing rampantly.
In line with other sales, freshly weaned
lambs are selling as fast as they can be
yarded and, as the Christmas break
approaches, weaning will accelerate and
lamb finishers will be even more active.
The same finisher bought both the top
priced pens today when she purchased 128
coopworth cryptorchids from the Glenara
Partnership, Peep O Day, for $130 and 106
mixed-sex blackface lambs from T and T
Smith, Taihape for $129.50.
The recent lamb schedule changes do not
suggest a plunge in prices is very likely and
lambs will be quite capable of growing on
with the quality of pastures in front of them
and, once the paddocks cut for baleage
recover, away the feed will go again.
Cents per kilogram sale prices are a dol-
lar, in round figures, ahead of last year but
this is easily justified by the works
The cattle sale was dominated by steers,
especially yearling steers with some large
specially advertised lines, and the older
steers could be regarded as selling to a firm
demand as, with some notable exceptions,
the quality was not up to last week s level.
Dick Storey, Colyton, sold 17 eye-
catching angus two year old angus steers
for $1575 ($2.65) which was the day s top
money for cattle and B Frecklington, Bulls,
sold slightly lighter devon cross and charo-
lais cross steers for similar cents per
The low entries of two-year-old bulls
allowed for a slight rise, considering the
average quality of the cattle on offer and
the story was the same in the older heifer
The largest section on the day was the
section with the most quality, which was
the yearling steer section.
The large entry of 165 specially
advertised traditional steers from Paul and
Parkinson, Bulls, was quite probably the
highlight of the day and these steers were
up about 10 cpk on last week.
The top cut of 26 sold for $1045 ($2.70)
and lighter steers sold for greater cpk s.
Some older devon cross steers from S
Nicholson, Wanganui, sold for $1150
($2.63) and overall yearling steers lifted
another 10 cpk.
A pen of six friesian yearling bulls from
Peter Little, Otaki, sold for $1135 ($2.41)
but this section consisted of medium cattle
although they also sold to firm demand.
On the basis that if you can t say any-
thing nice don t say anything at all so
nothing will be said regarding today s year-
Sheep (9648): ewes (777), $90-$145; ewe
hoggets (81) and lambs (82) at foot,
$94-$101; lambs (8673); 31-36 kg,
$108-$130, $3.40-$3.79, steady; 26-30 kg,
$92.50-$115.50, $3.41-$4.12, firm; 20-25
kg, $81-$98, $3.67-$4.38, firm.
Cattle (1285): steers; 3 year (49),
480-630 kg, $1200-$1535, $2.28-$2.50,
ease; 2 year (232), 352-595 kg,
$710-$1575, $2.02-$2.72, firm; 1 year
(496), 260-438 kg, $625-$1150,
$2.00-$3.07, lift; bulls; 2 year (26), 457-568
kg, $1200-$1390, $2.44-$2.63, lift; 1 year
(121), 186-470 kg, $460-$1135,
$2.07-$2.70, firm; weaner (22), 107-197 kg,
$390-$555, $2.76-$3.63; heifers; 2 year
(21), 392 kg, $935, $2.39; 2 year (55),
331-436 kg, $830-$1000, $2.29-$2.51, lift;
1 year (201), 168-381 kg, $525-$855,
$1.81-$3.12, steady; weaner (49), 92-139
kg, $395-$440, $3.21-$4.29.
FEILDING PRIME STOCK SALE, MONDAY, DECEMBER 12
Lamb condition the main driver of prices
A much diminished yarding on last week,
especially in the ewe section, saw a halt to
the decline in prices with sheep prices being
essentially steady on last week s levels.
There were a few exceptions, not
The majority of today s lambs were prime,
most of them being weaned from their mums
not long before the sale and, even though
there may have been a slight ease in the
lamb schedule, sale prices were steady.
It seems that most of the active buyers are
operating in clearly defined niches.
However, lamb condition was the main
driver of prices, as it should be for a prime
The top money was $190 for eight heavy
blackface ram lambs from Tui Bush, the
Gwillem property, and JC Bright sold seven
ram lambs for $187.
Most of the lambs sold in a narrow range
and that included the small yarding of store
lambs which were definitely cheaper than
the Friday store lambs, although in small
Ewe prices steadied up again and it was
noticeable that Hawke s Bay interests were
active in buying grazing ewes which firmed
their prices a little.
The money in trading cull ewes may well
be better than finishing lambs at current
prices and woolly ewes are receiving good
The cattle sale is still low on entries and
so it was quickly over.
The $2100 for a friesian bull should yield
plenty of sausages and the heavier cows,
mostly beef cows, sold to firm demand as
well as the barbecue season heats up.
Sheep (3620): lambs; prime (1049), 40-54
kg, $140-$190, $3.50-$3.80, steady; store
(128), 33-38 kg, $110-$135, $3.30-$3.60,
Hoggets and fresh two-tooths (84),
$51-$175; males (57), $70-$180; ewes
(2,824); 26-32 kg, $120-$153, $4.60-$5,
steady; 21-25 kg, $103-$124, $4.80-$5,
steady; 16-20 kg, $82-$107, $4.80-$5.30,
Cattle (62): steers (7), 440-720 kg,
$906-$1713, $2.06-$2.38, ease.
Heifers (eight), 315-550 kg, $699-$1226,
Cows (34); good, heavy, 424-700 kg,
$771-$1344, $1.74-$1.92, firm; boners, 400
kg, $544, $1.36, steady.
Cows and calves (two), 410-490 kg,
Potter bulls (13), 510-840 kg,
$1152-$2100, $2.26-$2.64, firm.
Feilding Calf Sale, Monday,
Another very small calf sale.
This would indicate the season is coming
to an end and next week s sale will be the
Bulls; friesian, $100; W/F, $190.
Heifers: W/F, $170-$190.
RURAL NEWS IN BRIEF
Contest for go-ahead rural
Entries are now open for the Enterprising
Rural Women Award 2012, which will also
include North and South Island awards.
A supreme winner will be announced on
May 21 next year at the Rural Women New
Zealand national conference. Further
information and entry forms are on the
RWNZ website, ruralwomen.org.nz. Entries
close on March 16.
Bursary for tertiary student
of rural-related subjects
The Adna Poppe Memorial Bursary is a
monetary bursary for anyone who lives in
the Rangitikei-Oroua provincial rural
women's area, who is taking an education
course in agriculture, horticulture or
related subjects. The course should be
provided by a recognised tertiary
The number of bursaries and their
respective values will be determined by
the Adna Poppe Memorial Bursary
Committee. The decision of the committee
will be final.
Applications are available from Diana
Stewart (ph 327 8064).
Applications close on January 31.
Adna Poppe was a Women's Division
Federated Farmers Dominion Councillor;
life member of the Rangitikei Federated
Farmers, and patron of the Whanganui
District Young Farmers' Clubs.
She was a woman whose interests were
totally rural --- hence this bursary to
sponsor rural education.
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