5 Feb 2011

East Coast cattle fetching over $700 per head

10:22 am on 5 February 2011

East Coast farmers are busy sending cattle to the Frankton and Rangiuru sales where farmers are paying over $700 per head.

Country Life reports it's a similar story with store lambs and breeding ewes.

The downside is that farmers who need to replace stock, are paying a lot of cash.

It was 36 degrees in Gisborne on Wednesday, which could lead to high eczema spores. Country Life reports that counts are already high in some central areas.

Meanwhile, sheep farmers in Canterbury are holding-on to their lambs to reach heavier weights.

Processing has slowed with some meat works doing short weeks.

But larger numbers of lambs in Southland are now being sent to the works after a slow start to the season.