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Stock sales reflect climate
Sold: Livestock agents sell a pen of calves at the Temuka Saleyards last week. This was the final calf sale of the year with prices remaining consistent across
all of the sales during the month of April.
THE ANNUAL round of calf sales
in South Canterbury has finished
for another year with prices hold-
ing firm across the entire month
Prices achieved at the final sale
at the Temuka Saleyards on
Wednesday were similar to those
in the first sale held during the
first week of April, PGG Wright-
son South Canterbury livestock
manager Joe Higgins said.
They have probably been above
my expectations taken where we
were at the start with the dry and
the current schedules and people s
pessimism with livestock in
Prices were also back 30-40
cents a kilogram compared to last
year s sales.
The recent rain over the past
week had little impact on prices in
the final few sales.
It did give some buyers the con-
fidence to purchase extra lines of
stock to take advantage of the
resulting pasture growth.
This was of little surprise
because of large numbers of cattle
and sheep changing hands at the
saleyards over the past month,
Other selling centres had seen
more fluctuations in their stock
South Canterbury as a prov-
ince climate-wise has probably
fared better than most parts of
New Zealand this year and there-
fore our calves came forward in
pretty good condition.
That was reflected in the prices
paid for those calves, he said.
Yarding numbers were back
slightly from last year and 60-80
per cent of the calves sold were
angus or angus crossed. The rest
were charolais and herefords.
The sales were a satisfactory
result given the current lack of
feed around other parts of New
Zealand, Peter Walsh and Associ-
ates agent Hamish Lane said.
The steers have been quite
steady. Some of the heifers have
been a wee bit disappointing, but
that s a feed thing with people not
having the surplus feed to buy
The best of the steer calves
made over $700 and medium
grade calves sold from $480-$600.
$600-$700 and smaller heifers
sold for $300, he said.
Irrigation case stalled
FOREST & BIRD S Environment
Court appeal against two high
country stations bids for irrigation is
in legal limbo.
The conservation advocacy group
appealed an Environment
panel s decision to grant Simons
Pass and Simons Hill consents to
irrigate a combined 4800 hectares of
crops and pasture for grazing.
Forest & Bird s concern was
mostly about the fact the applicants
changed the nature of their proposal
to allow for dairy farming after it
went out for public submissions.
Hearings took place this year, but
a preliminary decision issued by
Judge Jane Borthwick suggested she
needed more information before she
could decide whether to grant the
consent in full.
Judge Borthwick said Forest &
Bird s claims that the ECan-
appointed hearings panel modified
the applications were simply incor-
rect . However, she said it was
unclear why the two stations had not
yet applied for all the necessary
Forest & Bird s legal counsel,
Peter Anderson, said: The court did
not rule dairying out, but neither did
it rule it in. It considered that it
needed more information on effects
. . . before it could rule dairying in or
Judge Borthwick asked the sta-
tions to provide all additional infor-
mation by September.
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