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Heaviest lambs back in price

Smaller lambs held their value unlike heavier animals.

Heavier lamb prices slipped but lighter lambs did well at Christchurch livestock sales.

Heavy lambs reach $124

Top lambs made $110-$124.

Heavier prime and store lambs had mixed results at Coalgate.

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Heavy lambs reach $125

Heavy lambs made $120-$125 in a steady Christchurch market.

Prime lambs ranged from $85 to $125 at Christchurch livestock sales.

Prime ewes and lambs peak at $125

Prime ewe values were unchanged with top ewes making as much as $125.

Stock values were steady at Coalgate sales.

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Ewe prices up $3-$4

Bidding went beyond last week's mark for prime ewes.

Heavy ewes made $105-$120 in a rising market in Christchurch.

Ewes reach $120 at Coalgate

Ewes had a strong sale.

Prime ewes were in demand, making as much as $120 at Coalgate livestock sales.

Meat processor sold for $13.5m

Prime Range Meats faced an uncertain future and was forced to close at one point last year.

A Chinese buyer has bought 100 per cent of Southland's Prime Range Meats, which was forced to close at one point last year.

Wool market goes backwards

The decline of strong wool values continued in Christchurch.

Crossbred wool values continued their slide at Christchurch.

Red meat tariffs cost $72m

Meat Industry Association CEO Tim Ritchie is urging the Government to move on other trade deals.

Now the TPPA deal has been scuppered, it is time to pursue other opportunities says the red meat sector.

US wine exports won't go down gurgler

New Zealand Winegrowers CEO Philip Gregan remains upbeat about market prospects in the United States.

Sales of NZ wines in the US should continue to grow despite the TPP thumbs down.

Lamb prices rise from rain

Store lamb prices are on the rise.

Farmers are prepared to pay more for store lambs after rain increased the likelihood of more pasture growth.

Poor summer hits honey flow

John Hartnell says Canterbury honey production could be back by much as 30 per cent.

Canterbury's beekeepers are on lean pickings this summer with the poor weather hurting production.

NZ not out to fleece Welsh farmers

British farmers face an uncertain future with the prospect of losing a share of the EU market as well as subsidies.

New Zealand says Wales has nothing to worry about from lamb exports.

Good demand for hort land

Feijoas  are an alternative crop people are considering.

Emerging fruit crops are helping to increase demand for horticultural land.

Velvet prices back from peak

Geraldine deer farmer Kris Orange says the velvet season has been "condensed" with a lot of velvet coming in at once.

The velvet season is expected to be average, with prices back 15 to 20 per cent on last year.

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Heavier lambs dip in value

Particularly heavy lambs decreased in value in a large yarding.

Heavy lambs retreat to $100-$108, but ewes prices make a big gain at Christchurch sales

Prime ewe prices reach $132

The prime ewe market remained positive for farmers.

The best ewes climbed to $132 as the market remained unchanged at Coalgate livestock sales.

Silver Fern Farms big loss

Silver Fern Farms chairman Rob Hewett.

As expected, Silver Fern Farms has posted a poor earnings result for the year, with after- tax loss of $30.6m.

Slow start to wool selling year

The wool market is waiting for a good lift.

Wool prices have yet to come out of their slump.

Sluggish start to velvet season

About 60 per cent of New Zealand's velvet is sold to Korea, and 30 per cent to China.

The velvet season is off to a sluggish start with sales volumes lower than usual for this time of the year.

Beef prices to fall marginally

Beef has been a success story for the last two years and while prices might decline slightly, the fall will not be dramatic.

Beef prices will continue to be relatively buoyant next year, but increased production will put pressure on.

Last hammer falls for Tinwald saleyard

PGG Wrightson livestock auctioneer John Farrell takes bids at the final sale at the Tinwald saleyards

It was a nostalgic day for farmers and stock agents when the Tinwald stock saleyards hosted its final auction on Tuesday.

Demand up for small store lambs

The prime lamb market was back slightly.

Small store lambs were in demand, but prime lamb prices eased.

Sold out - 3610 lambs on two farms

PGG Wrightson livestock auctioneer Greg Cook looks for bids at the Amberside Farm in Mayfield on-farm lamb sale.

A total of 3610 lambs went under the hammer and all were sold.

NZ merino outperforms expectations

The merino clip has been almost cleaned out by a rising market.

Confounding expectations, merino wool continued its market climb, thanks to demand for non-mulesing wool.

Top prime ewes reach $136

Prime ewes sold for as much as $136 at Christchurch sales.

Prime ewes sold for as much as $136 at Christchurch sales.

Prices up in large ewe sale

Ewe demand has been rising steadily the past few weeks.

Prices lifted $5 a head in the biggest ewe yarding of the season at Coalgate.

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