Feilding Herald : December 1st 2011
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To be fair, today s yarding was surprisingly small with the rain giving sheep farmers plenty of encouragement to farm their stock on, and no doubt works lambs are slow in coming forward as well. The ewes with lambs at foot fea- tured a large number of ewe hoggets with their lambs and these little mothers made $5/head more than expected. A pen of 51 shorn fresh 2 tooths from the Massey Keeble property struck two keen bidders looking to add these sheep to their breeding flocks and was knocked down for $179 for that purpose. This may well become a common way to source breeding ewes as young ewes are bound to increase in value as time goes on and two tooth will be strong. Less than 2000 lambs were entered and sale prices remained virtually steady on last week s returns. Store lamb prices as a per- centage of prime lamb schedules are very similar to last year and there seems to be any amount of top lamb feed visible from district roads. The top sale price of $141 went to a small entry of 26 blackface lambs from Dianne Hunter, Feilding, and the Carpita Partnership, Colyton, opened the lamb sale with 144 blackface/poll dorset cross lambs selling for $122. Surely some larger weaning drafts are not too far away. The dollar has weakened quite dramatically in recent weeks and this, combined with extra feed and low stock numbers, continues to drive the cattle market along to the point that any vendor might start thinking they are moving a week early when they sell as prices keep rising. The heaviest cattle offered today was a pen of 11 two year old steers from C and Y Sparks, Himatangi, which sold for $1620 ($2.43) but this price was beaten by Pam Dransfield, Kahuturawa Val- ley, when she sold four angus bulls for $1630 ($2.51) having earlier sold four friesian bulls for $1400 ($2.52) as the shortage of store bulls con- tinues to bite. This was further emphasised by an offering of only 79 yearling bulls lead by six friesians entered by AR Mills, Halcombe, sell- ing for $960 ($2.40). C and Y Sparks also entered a pen of nine forward simmental cross heifers which were sold for $1345 ($2.39) but the older heifer section heifer was the steadiest on the day, being the least driven by the dollar s fall, perhaps, but with very low entries. Nothing was steady about the yearling steer and heifer sections as they started strong and strengthened over the course of the sale. $1000 for a yearling heifer is good money and D and I McClure, Himatangi, sold 14 hereford/friesian cross heifers for $1000 ($2.83) and whiteheads of any sort fetched a premium today, particularly any- thing suitable for a bull. 55 yearling steers made more than $1000/head today in a market that seemed a little urgent. Out of a larger entry from regular vendors, Wainawa River Estate from Carterton, a pen of 14 angus/hereford cross yearling steers was sold for $1120 to lead that section as yearling cattle lifted about 10cpk today. Sheep (2,736): ewes (360) with lambs (412) at foot, $78-$123; ewes (598), $83-$179; hoggets (47), 38-45kg, $122-$161; lambs (1,319); 31-37kg, $111-$141, $3.48-$3.84, steady; 21-28kg, $79-$106, $3.65-$4.09, steady. Cattle (1,041): steers; 3 year (28), 533-610kg, $1345-$1500, $2.32-$2.52, steady; 2 year (150), 336-665kg, $728-$1620, $2.07-$2.71, firm; 1 year (439), 155-413kg, $2.36-$3.19, lift; bulls; 2 year (90), 348-647kg, $800-$1630, $2.30-$2.61, firm; 1 year (79), 233-400kg, $590-$960, $2.40-$2.62, firm; heifers; 3 year (14), 407-446kg, $860-$990, $2.11-$2.22; 2 year (30), 315-562kg, $685-$1345, $2.17-$2.39, slight ease; 1 year (211), 134-359kg, $362-$1000, $2.20-$3.18, lift. FEILDING PRIME STOCK SALE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 The sheep market is still travelling well as prime lamb prices remained remarkably steady on last week in spite of any meat schedule adjustments, and the yarding tally was surprisingly low as potential vendors are still delaying any unloading. The regular northern buyer was very active, oper- ating in the prime lamb market as well as being a major player in the ewe market at a level that usually saw off the opposition. Lambs are still slow in coming out, with the weather not helping, yet there were some useful larger lines of poll dorset and blackface lambs to choose from, with West Valley Farming selling 11 blackface lambs for $180 and the Driffel family sell- ing 23 similar lambs for $176. There were a number of store lambs on offer. Two weeks previously, ewe prices dropped by $20 per head but on November 28, with another large yarding, medium-heavy ewe prices lifted by up to $10 per head above the previous week s and most of the offering was in that category. Wool is still influencing the final sale price and, at this rate of yarding tallies, available numbers cannot last long. The cattle market was steady with some decent beef cross steers on offer but little in the way of quality heifers, which led to a firm steer section but an easing heifer section. Beef schedules are firming and the cow entry was very small, even though cows sold on an essentially steady market. Sheep (3609): lambs; prime (685), 38 kilograms to 48kg, $141 to $190, $3.70 to $4.00, steady; store (61), 22kg to 36kg, $75 to $131; hoggets (238), $80 to $198, $2.80 to $3.30, steady; ewes (2,531); 26kg to 34kg, $141 to $181, $5.40 to $5.80, lift; 21kg to 25kg, $118 to $144, $5.60 to $5.80, lift; 16kg to 20kg, $80 to $114, $5.00 to $5.70, lift; 2ths (21), $98 to $151; males (72), $71 to $132. Cattle (46): steers (14), 427kg to 750kg, $934 to $1815, $2.17 to $2.42, firm; heifers (7), 290kg to 450kg, $563 to $723, $1.58 to $2.19, ease; cows (18); good, heavy, 560kg to 710kg, $902 to $1164, $1.61 to $1.64, steady; boners, 410kg to 530kg, $545 to $837, $1.38 to $1.58, steady; lesser sorts, 340kg to 380kg, $391 to $410, $1.07 to $1.15; potter bulls (7), 325kg to 1140kg, $702 to $2143, $1.88 to $2.56. Feilding Calf Sale Monday, November 28 Another sale with a low yarding but the demand remains so there will be another sale next Monday. Bulls: Charolais, $200; W/F, $110 to $215; Crossbred, $45 to $75. Heifers: W/F, $140 to $160; Crossbred, $20 to $30.
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