DRY on-farm conditions in some areas and a big yarding of stock led to a soft sale of in-lamb ewes at Temuka on Wednesday.
About 9500 ewes were up for sale compared with the normal number of about 3500 to 4000 expected at this time of year, PGG Wrightson agent Rod Sands said.
Capital stock added to the tally and the number of five- and six-shear annual draft ewes was higher than previously.
Nearly 2000 capital stock ewes yarded sold well with younger ewes fetching up to $240 each but that trade affected the annual draft ewes.
A pen of 113 good quality, younger, in-lamb Romney ewes made $224 a head but generally that part of the sale topped out at $200, with a lot of sales above $180 for ewes with good condition and teeth.