Analyst Intel


27 November 2020

ACROSS THE RAILS | Most lambs head to Southland

By Suz Bremner

Another week of on-farm sheep sales covered a much broader area of the South Island, spreading from Marlborough down to South Canterbury.

Another week of on-farm sheep sales covered a much broader area of the South Island, spreading from Marlborough down to South Canterbury.

The common theme throughout the sales was the strong presence of repeat buyers and those from Southland featured on the books on a regular basis. The biggest sales kicked off the week at Glenelg, Totara Valley and The Brothers Station, Pleasant Point, where close to 6700 lambs and 1900 ewes sold in total.

PGG Wrightson area manager Pete Barnes says forward store and prime lambs sold freely at the Marlborough sales, though longer-term types did not meet the same demand.

Buyers largely hailed from Nelson and local areas, while Southland buyers dominated the sales further south. 

A point of difference at JG & DA Crawford’s sale was 2000 Merino and halfbred hoggets, while vendors of the Sinai on-farm were already into their second round of sales.

Results: 

Glenelg Partnership, RA & PH Giles, Totara Valley – 2030 Suftex and Suffolk-cross lambs, 1566 Romney-Texel lambs, 742 Romney-cross ewes. Top Suftex male lambs $145, medium $98-$105, small $80. Top Suftex ewe lambs $142, medium $91-$101, small $76. Top Romney-Texel male lambs $111, medium $82-$90, small $79. Top Romney-Texel ewe lambs $116, medium $78-$102. Ewes $116-$188. 

The Brothers Station, Pleasant Point – 2720 Suffolk mixed-sex lambs, 340 Romney cryptorchid lambs, 1150 ewes. Top Suffolk mixed-sex $128, medium $90-$114, small $60-$80. Romney cryptorchid $102-$118. Ewes $119-$172. 

Craiglochart, Richard and Anna Laugeson, Waihopai Valley – 2400 Suftex mixed-sex and Grobulk-Poltex lambs. Top Suftex mixed-sex $119, medium $93. Top Grobulk-Poltex rams $117, medium $92. Grobulk-Poltex ewe lambs $96-$97, other store types $50-$72. Sale average $76,20. 

Summerlands Station, Rudd Family – 960 Suftex mixed-sex and Corriedale wether lambs. Top Suftex mixed-sex $120, medium $101. Top Corriedale wether lambs $100, medium $86, small $70. Sale average $86.60. 

Leefield Station, Waihopai Valley - 1140 Romney wethers and Suftex mixed-sex lambs. Top Suftex mixed-sex $132, small $81. Top Romney wethers $126, medium $94, small $77. Sale average $101.50. 

JG & DA Crawford, Oxford – 2000 Merino and halfbred hoggets, 1200 down-cross lambs, 900 crossbred ewes. Merino and halfbred hoggets $96-$167. Prime down-cross lambs $144-$170, store $60-$85. Crossbred ewes $106-$164.

Sinai, Oxford – 2030 Dorset Down, Southdown and Romney-cross mixed-sex lambs, 220 Merino-cross lambs, 1340 crossbred ewes, 355 Merino ewes. Top prime lambs $166, remainder $72-$133. Merino-cross lambs $219, Merino hoggets $114-$120. Top Dorset-down ewes $234, crossbred ewes $116-$156, Merino ewes $89-$110.