Top lamb price of $96 at Lees Valley auction
A top price of $96 was made when 11,000 lambs went to auction in a massive farm sale at Mt Pember Station, near Oxford.
At the large yarding this week were perendale, south down and wiltshire cross prime and store lambs at the station, in Lees Valley, owned by John and Bernice Ramsay.
Because of the offering's size the lambs had to be split into yards at Mt Pember, Okuku Hills, Wharfdale, and Kingsdown.
PGG Wrightson Canterbury livestock manager Allister Orchard said all of the lambs were in good condition considering the late spring in the valley, and the past month of dry conditions.
"Very seldom do you see numbers of this quantity and quality being offered in Canterbury from one station."
A medium size gallery of buyers mainly from central and Mid-Canterbury attended the sale and competed strongly for many of the perendale cryptorchid lambs offered.
The top price of $96 was for a pen of 170 down cross lambs. Most of the prime lambs - ready to go to the butcher or the meat works - made between $70 and $80 and store lambs - needing finishing by another farmer - between $40 and $65.