Better wool prices have yet to reach a stage for farmers to break out in smiles.
Top prime lambs made up to $188 in a rising market.
Heavy lambs made an extra $5 at Christchurch livestock sales.
Wool agents are relieved rather than rejoicing about better prices.
Top lambs reach $170 as heavy lambs soften $2-$3 at Coalgate.
Ashburton lambs led the market, making $183 a head.
Prime ewes were few to be seen at Christchurch livestock sales.
The lamb market rose at Coalgate wit the exception of heavier lambs.
Prime lambs made as much as $180 at the Coalgate sale.
Heavy lambs reach $178 at Christchurch livestock sales.
It's taken a long time but crossbred wool prices appear to have stopped falling.
The $200 mark was reached for the first time this season for prime ewes at Coalgate.
Prime ewes had a slight lift in prices at Christchurch livestock sales.
Sheep farmers gloomy about crossbred prices had something to cheer after strong bidding for finer wools.
A pen of poll dorset ewes reached $199 a head at Coalgate.
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Bidders paid up to $176 for the best Christchurch lambs.
Prime lamb prices couldn't match a previous strong sale at Coalgate.
Deer farmers hope last season's low velvet prices were a one-off.
Top lambs earned bids ranging from $160-$184 at Coalgate.
Bidding reached $171 for the top prime lambs at the Christchurch sale.
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So close - a pen of prime ewes nearly made $200 at Christchurch livestock sales.
Cheviot lambs topped the prime lamb market at $168 each at Christchurch sales.
Top prime lambs ranged from $155-$170 at the Coalgate livestock sale.
Heavy ewe prices go back a bit, but still reach high of $176.
Ewe prices ease slightly
There's no easy fix to the wool industry which is in a trough following low demand and the inroads of synthetics.
Wool prices fell at the last Christchurch sale of the season
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