Prime ewes were in demand with the market lifting $3-$5 at Christchurch.
Heavy ewes had a $5-$10 lift to reach $150 at Coalgate
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Heavier lamb prices slipped but lighter lambs did well at Christchurch livestock sales.
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Prime lambs ranged from $85 to $125 at Christchurch livestock sales.
Stock values were steady at Coalgate sales.
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Heavy ewes made $105-$120 in a rising market in Christchurch.
Prime ewes were in demand, making as much as $120 at Coalgate livestock sales.
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Heavy lambs retreat to $100-$108, but ewes prices make a big gain at Christchurch sales
The best ewes climbed to $132 as the market remained unchanged at Coalgate livestock sales.
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Wool prices have yet to come out of their slump.
The velvet season is off to a sluggish start with sales volumes lower than usual for this time of the year.