Market reports from the South Eastern Livestock Exchange

Market Report

Prime Sheep & Lambs

September 6

Total Yarding: 12,250

Numbers lifted by 3000 head for a yarding that included 4300 new season lambs. There were some good runs of well finished new season lambs along with a good percentage of light weights suitable for the restockers. Heavy weight lambs were in limited supply.

Ben and Chris Bowman of Yass with Sally Butt, Butt Livestock & Property, who sold their XB Lambs to a sale top of $190.20. Photo: Heidi Grange

Ben and Chris Bowman of Yass with Sally Butt, Butt Livestock & Property, who sold their XB Lambs to a sale top of $190.20. Photo: Heidi Grange

Light weight lambs to the processors were $5 cheaper with the 12-18kg 2 scores selling from $66 to $106/head. Trade lambs were $12 cheaper with the trade weight new season lambs selling from $104 to $153/head, to average between 560c and 585c/kg cwt. Trade weight old lambs sold from $97 to $138/head. The few heavy weight lambs were around firm with the over 22kg 4 score old lambs selling from $145 to $190/head to average 600c/kg cwt. Merino lambs were up to $6 cheaper with the trade weights selling from $88 to $124/head. Restocker lambs were $9 cheaper selling from $53 to $108/head. Hoggets sold to $142/head.

It was a mostly good quality yarding of mutton where most grades were $6 to $9/head cheaper. 2 score ewes sold from $39 to $72 while the better 3 and 4 score sold from $74 to $111 for Merinos and $120/head for Dorpers. Merino wethers sold to $115/head.

Market Report

Prime Cattle

September 7

Total Yarding: 488

Numbers lifted slightly and the quality improved with several large drafts of medium weight feeder steers. Vealer numbers were limited and weaner quality was back. Trade steers were in short supply but heifers to the trade were showing good finish coming off crop. Prime grown steers were limited. Only 41 cows were offered in a mixed trend market.

Restocking weaners steers were cheaper, selling from 270c to 320c/kg due to plainer quality. Heifers to restockers reached 286c/kg. Vealers to the trade sold from 290c to 296c/kg. Feeder steers lifted 20c on the larger drafts and sold from 286c to 321c/kg. Trade heifers eased 15c with weaker competition and prices ranged from 278c to 282c/kg.

The limited supply of grown steers sold from 275c to 278c and heavy bullocks from 240c to 271c/kg. Grown heifers ranged from 220c to 258c/kg. Cows were 2c to 4c cheaper with the 2 score medium weights making 191c to 200c/kg. Heavy 3 and 4 score cows sold from 212c to 230c with the prime heavy weights averaging 225c/kg.

Market Report: MLA's National Livestock Reporting Service​

Upcoming Sales

  • Goats: Monday, September 25, noon
  • XB Store Lambs: Monday, October 23, 10am
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