The dry weather is starting to bite, with most store lambs sold at last week's Brightwater stock sale going to buyers from outside of the Nelson region.
PGG Wrightson representative Peter Taylor said more than half the yarding of 2500 store lambs - one of the biggest offerings of the season to date - went to Canterbury where there was more feed available.
Nelson farmers were buying few stores because the recent dry spell had left them with little grass, he said.
Almost half the store lambs for sale came from two regular suppliers, Barry and Liz Leov of Te Towaka in the Marlborough Sounds and Tekuta farm in French Pass.
Prime lambs sold for $80 to $95, the best of the stores for up to $67, medium stores for $55 to $60 and smaller stores for $45 to $50. Mr Taylor said prices were down about 5c to $2.15 a kg liveweight, while the export schedule continued to ease to $5 to $5.20 a kg.
About 50 cattle were also offered for sale, with three-year-old prime hereford steers fetching $1100 and heifers $900 to $1000.