Market reports from the South Eastern Livestock Exchange

Market Report

Prime Sheep & Lamb

August 16

Total Yarding: 8699

Lamb numbers improved and the increase came in 1,500 new season lambs which were offered. Quality was good in the young lamb runs while old lambs were mixed with a percentage that lacked finish.

Trade and heavy lambs were well supplied along with a small offering of extra heavy lambs. Merino lambs also showed an increase in numbers but there was not as much weights penned. The usual buyers operated in a firm to cheaper market.

New season lambs were firm. Light trade sold to $115/head. Medium and heavy trade weights received $118 to $140 and heavy lambs made up to $163/head. Carcass prices ranged between 570c and 620c/kg. Restockers paid from $99 to $118/head.

Old 2 score processing lambs were $10 cheaper and averaged $81/head. The medium and heavy trade weights lost $2 to $4 and sold from $110 to $136/head averaging 550c/kg.

Heavy old lambs were $4 dearer and ranged from $120 to $156 and extra heavy lambs made to $176/head. Carcass prices ranged from 515c to 570c/kg. Merino lambs were $7 dearer and sold from $100 to $144/head. Best of the heavy hoggets sold to $149/head.

Mutton numbers and quality was a little more mixed. There were plenty of well covered medium and heavy Merinos but there was an increase in plainer sheep. Prices lifted $2 to $3 for Merinos and slipped $7 on the heavy crossbred ewes. Medium weight ewes sold from $87 to $117/head. Heavy crossbred ewes reached $135/head. Heavy shorn Merino wethers sold to $114/head. Most of the better covered sheep averaged 410c to 435c/kg.

Market Report

Prime Cattle

August 17

Total Yarding: 448

Numbers fell slightly and the quality improved. Yearlings made up the bulk of the offering and there was a better run of heavier grown cattle. Cows were limited with only 30 head penned. The trend of the market was dearer but price ranges remained similar.

Duncombe & Co selling Angus x Steers on behalf of James Park Pastoral Co. to a sale top of 352c/kg, av 242.6kg, $854.06ph. Photo: SELX

Duncombe & Co selling Angus x Steers on behalf of James Park Pastoral Co. to a sale top of 352c/kg, av 242.6kg, $854.06ph. Photo: SELX

Restocking weaner steers sold to 332c while a pen of Angus weaner heifers reached 352c/kg. Medium and heavy feeder steers ranged from 280c to 310c and heifers 250c to 302c/kg. Trade cattle were firm and steers received 270c to 321c/kg. Trade heifers made from 260c to 310c/kg.

Grown steers and bullocks also sold to a similar price ranged of 268c to 275c/kg. Grown heifers to export ranged from 240c to 265c/kg. In a very small run of cows the 2 score medium weights ranged from 180c to 188c/kg. The heavy weight 3 and 4 scores sold from 205c to 220c/kg.

Market Report: MLA's National Livestock Reporting Service

Sales at SELX

  • Store Cattle – Friday, August 25, 10am
  • Goat Sale – Monday, September 25, noon