Prime Sheep, Lamb
June 27, yarding 11,592
Cat (Qty) $/hd
- Suckers XB (32), top $115, av $115
- Lambs Merino (1450), top $124, av $82.83
- Lambs XB (4439), top $198, av $124.42
- Hoggets XB (67), top $168.60, av $130.92
- Wethers Merino (839), top $140, av $86.25
- Ewes XB (670), top $199.20, av $144.22
- Ewes Merino (2665), top $175, av $100.58
Lamb numbers lifted and the quality again mixed. Trade and heavy lambs were in short supply and there were plenty of light and secondary lambs available to the usual buyers. Merino lambs were much better supplied but most were light or light trade weights and there were several pens of heavy hoggets. The market was dearer.
The 2 score light processing lambs were $8 dearer selling from $84 to $121/head. The medium and heavy trade lambs lifted $8 to $10 and sold from $136 to $170/head. Heavy lambs sold from $162 to $192 and extra heavy lambs reached $198/head. Carcase prices averaged from 680c for the heavy lambs to 730c/kg cwt for the trades. Heavy hoggets reached $168.60/head. Light Merino lambs made from $62 to $112 after a high of $124/head.
Mutton numbers also lifted and while there were some heavy sheep most were light and medium weights. Most sheep sold to a dearer trend of $7 to $10/head. Medium weight ewes made between $109 and $148/head. Heavy crossbred ewes reached $199.20/head. Merino wethers reached $140/head.
June 28, yarding 874
Number lifted slightly and the quality improved with a good run of feeder steers and heifers. Weaners were better supplied, restocker and backgrounder buyers competing for the better lines. Grown steers were in very short supply and most of the grown heifers were lighter weights. Around 180 cows were offered and were in demand. The market was dearer.
Weaner steers lifted 16c and sold from 260c to 301c, while heifers made from 248c to 269c/kg. Trade vealers sold from 275c to 291c/kg. Light and medium weight feeder steers were 5c to 6c dearer to sell from 252c to 310c/kg. A more consistent run of heavy weight feeders were firm and sold from 262c to 310c/kg. Feeder heifers were 2c to 5c stronger and made from 244c to 275c/kg. Trade cattle were firm and made 275c to 285c/kg.
Grown steers reached 267c, while the heifers made 245c/kg. Cows were the big improver with the medium weight 2 score cows gaining 17c to sell from 145c to 189c/kg. Heavy 3 and 4 score cows were 25c to 30c dearer and made from 184c to 238c, while the prime heavy weight 4 scores averaged 221c/kg.
Cat, Wgt (Qty), c/kg, $/hd
- Light Steers <350 (272), top 300.8c/kg, $961/hd; av 263.8c/kg, $697/hd
- Light Heifers <350 (221), top 275c/kg, $870/hd;
- av 236.9c/kg, $603/hd
- Trade Steers 351-500 (88), top 310c/kg, $1369/hd; av 285.3c/kg, $1140/hd
- Trade Heifers 351-500 (66), top 280c/kg, $1211/hd; av 229.1c/kg, $944/hd
- Export Steers 501+ (24), top 285c/kg, $1777/hd; av 282.7c/kg, $1489/hd
- Export Heifers 501+ (2), top 242c/kg, $1287/hd;
- av 230.1c/kg, $1249/hd
- Cows (176), top 238.2c/kg, $1877/hd; av 187.8c/kg, $1018/hd
- Bulls <700 (16), top 220.2c/kg, $1131/hd; av 169.5c/kg, $449/hd
- Bulls >700 (3), top 235c/kg, $2139/hd; av 225.4c/kg, $1901/hd