Strong lamb prices seen at fairs likely to continue

With the levels of the current lamb schedules remaining strong, the prices at last week's Lorneville two-tooth ewe and lamb fair are likely to continue PGG Wrightson Southland livestock manager Andrew Martin says.

''Feed in the south continues to be abundant and there is no sign of any easing in the schedules, so it all augurs well for sheep prices,'' Mr Martin said.

About 7000 ewes were on offer at Lorneville, as well as about 1000 ewe lambs.

''One positive thing about the prices was that apart from a few outliers at the top and bottom of the offering, the bulk of the sales were in a relatively narrow range,'' Mr Martin said.

In the Border Leicester/Border Romney section 80% of the offering was priced in the $265 to $295 range.

In the other section, which covered Coopworths and Texel multi-crosses, the range was from $255 to $290.

Wrights Bush farmer Graeme Anderson received $314 per head for his line of Border Leicester cross ewes.

The top ewe lamb price was $220 per head.

The strong showing at this year's annual Lorneville sale followed the same trend as the high prices fetched at the Temuka annual two-tooth ewe fair in January.


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