Solid season for most feeder calves

We are well through the feeder calf season in the North Island now with reduced volumes of Friesian bulls replaced by beef-dairy cattle. These sales wind up in mid October so with only another month to go we have a clear picture of what’s been happening in the calf pens.

Manfield Park calf sale 13.09

After a bit of a break due to wet weather last week local buyers were back in the market for calves at Manfield Park on Thursday, and that helped firm prices.

Charlton sale 13.09

The two sections of the sheep sale were almost identical at Charlton, with both smaller yardings which sold on a firm market, PGG Wrightson agent David Morrison reported.

Rongotea sale 12.09

Sale attendees enjoyed a spring day at Rongotea on Wednesday, with no slow up in the calf pens on both volume and prices, New Zealand Farmers Livestock agent Darryl Harwood reported. There was also more spark to the two-year and one-year markets.

Stortford Lodge prime sale, store sale 10.09, 12.09

A small offering of 27 cattle were penned at Stortford Lodge on Monday, and solid demand meant they could have been sold several times over. Fourteen Angus steers, 558-670kg, lifted to $3.21-$3.28/kg. All heifers 431-490kg traded at $2.90-$3.00/kg.

Frankton cattle, feeder calf sale 12.09

Good spring weather increased interest at Frankton on Wednesday and the market was solid.

Two-year steers were strong as Angus & Angus-Hereford, 363-438kg, earned $3.05-$3.17/kg, and Hereford-cross, 367-415kg, lifted to $2.92-$3.05/kg. Hereford-Friesian heifers were steady at $3.11/kg.

Pukekohe sale 08.09

A large quantity of cattle was on offer at Pukekohe on Saturday 8th September but met good demand from a sizeable bench.

Lorneville sale 11.09

More of the focus at the weekly Lorneville sale is on the cattle pens, as sheep numbers take their seasonal fall.

Balclutha sale 12.09

Cattle were offered at Balclutha on Wednesday, though a smaller bench of buyers resulted in a softer market, PGG Wrightson agent Alex Horn reported. Results were also more mixed through the sheep pens than seen of late.

Canterbury Park sale 11.09

Pro-active vendors are taking advantage of the strong cattle market at auction, and prime numbers at Canterbury Park are being pumped up by extra steer and heifer entries. Sheep throughput continued to trend down though, and buyers are showing more resistance on very heavy lambs.