Two-tooth ewes sell at Sheffield
The last ewe fair for the season at Sheffield had close to 9500 ewes yarded.
Ewes came from as far away as Kaikoura and mid-Canterbury last week, with two tooth ewes ranging from $100 to $150 and most of them staying in the central Canterbury area.
In the older ewe section selling was harder and ewes with poorer teeth or in lower condition met with weaker bidding. Prices ranged from $60 to $90 with the odd sale to $100.
Since the ewe fairs began at Hawarden in January market prices have eased after each sale due to feed conditions, along with a further reduction in the meat schedules and a lack of confidence in the sheep industry.
There was good competition for well-bred and presented two tooth ewes. The top price was $154 for border leicester romney first cross ewes and other good lines made between $130 and $148.
Sales included: Corbett Farm Ltd (Ashburton ) 193 2th ewes at $127, S Adams (Ashburton ) 52 2th es at $141, Ben More Graziers (Coalgate ) 80 2th es at $144, Hakari Farming (Aylesbury) 332 2th es from $113 - $131, G & JA Higginson Ltd (Amberley ) 304 2th es from $122 - $124, Essendon Farm Ltd (Darfield ) 96 2th es at $110, Les Clements Ltd (Darfield ) 161 2th es from $80 - $104, AW & JH Adams (Darfield ) 37 2th es at $81, GP & KH Bell (Leeston ) 46 2th es at $122, Onepunga Partnership (Amberley ) 63 2th es at $118, CJ & BJ Hatton (Darfield) 16 2th es at $92, The Point Station Ltd (Darfield ) 200 annual draft es at $72, Ferguson TR (Sheffield ) 195 a/d es at $74, Les Clements Ltd (Darfield ) 448 mixed age es at $64 - $81, BJ & KL O'Carroll (Hawarden ) 80 a/d es at $80, Pinaki Farm (2011) Ltd (Greta Valley ) 47 a/d es at $78, Hanley Farming Co Ltd (Hawarden ) 167 m/a es at $50 - $90, S Adams (Ashburton ) 5 rams at $300 - $625, P & K Gardner (Mayfield ) 4 rams at $400 - $450, M Shipley (Darfield ) 3 rams at $275 - $400, Claxby Farm (Swannanoa) 348 kelso 2th es at $103 to $128, M&L Nurse (Lansdowne Valley) 378 per 2th es at $95 to $117, R Nesbitt (Loburn) 458 per and romney cross 2th es at $103 to $126, J R Jebson (West Melton) 54 per 2th es at $121, P K &K A Fitzpatrick (Cheviot) 43 rom 2th es at $110, M D &J D Wason (Sheffield) 100 rom lambs at $80, Claxby Farm (Swannanoa) 348 kelso m/a es at&$90, Raeburn Farm (Springfield) 285 5yr cor es at $75, J G & D A Crawford (Oxford) 2,3,4 shear per es at $70, 74 2shear mer es at $55, Kimberley Ag 50 2th es at $92 - $110, Richon P/ship (Lees Valley) 282 5yr per es at $83, Springvale (Little River) 243 5yr rom es at $73, H D Reveley (Fighting Hill) 106 5yr bord/rom cross es at $87, A B Reveley (Fighting Hill) 147 5yo rom es at $87, JG & DA Crawford 70 2shr rom cross es at $70.