Results from the annual ram sales held in Southland and Canterbury this month, have been mixed.
Last week's Romney ram fair at Gore, which is traditionally regarded as the start of the stud ram selling season in the south, failed to fire. Fewer than half of the 55 rams on offer sold, for an average of about $1400.
That was in contrast to a sale of Romney and Southdown rams at Waikoikoi last month, where some rams fetched more than $3000 per head.
Average prices at the Perendale and Cheviot ram fairs, also held last week, topped $2300 and $1900.
Sales of Border Leicester and Poll Dorset rams held up well, but bidding at the Coopworth sale was slow. Only 14 rams sold, at an average or price of about $1500.
Interest in some other breeds on offer, including Southdowns and Suffolks was also light.
However, sales at the Canterbury stud ram and ewe fair, held earlier in the month, were more than 30% higher than last year.
Almost 300 rams and two ewes were sold, with the rams fetching an average price of more than $1900.
The highest price went to a Southdown ram that sold for $13,000.