Cattle numbers lifted and the quality was mixed. There were plenty of light weaners and yearlings and strong competition on the lighter weights. A very good run of heavy feeder heifers were penned and prime heavy grown steers were limited. Approximately 500 cows were offered in a market that was cheaper, with the exception of the light restocking weaners. Restockers paid to 307c for very light weaner steers and to 248c/kg for heifers. The heavy vealers to the trade reached 280c/kg. Feeder steers eased 10-20c depending on breed/weight, making 255-286c/kg. Feeder heifers were 10c softer on the medium weights selling from 245-264c/kg. Heavy feeder heifers made 258-272c/kg, holding firm on the better end. Heavy trade cattle were firm to 2c easier, making 235-275c/kg. Prime grown steers sold for 240-256c, the best of the grown heifers made 230-265c/kg. Most of the 2 score cows eased 20c, making 120-180c/kg for heavier weights. Heavy 3 and 4 score cows sold 10-20c cheaper, making 166-212c/kg.
Cat, Wgt (Qty), c/kg, $/hd
- Light Steers < 350 271 Top 307.6 $986; av 265.8 $662
- Light Heifers < 350 461 Top 270 $894; av 219.8 $565
- Trade Steers 351 - 500 172 Top 298.5 $1,316; av 254.2 $1,026
- Trade Heifers 351 - 500 251 Top 277.2 $1,277; av 236.7 $949
- Export Steers 501+ 31 Top 256 $1,808; av 253.3 $1,375
- Export Heifers 501+ 34 Top 264 $1,560; av 243.7 $1,369
- Cows 496 Top 288.64 $1,625; av 220.2 $901
- Bulls < 700 16 Top 299.2 $945; av 171.9 $472
- Bulls > 700 10 Top 210 $2,174; av 204 $1,875
Prime Sheep, Lamb
Lamb numbers were steady and the quality was mixed. There were plenty of light store lambs and a few good trade weights, but good heavy lambs were limited. Most of the new season lambs were dry in the skin, and the few that were not, received a premium. Shorn lambs lifted in numbers, but remain in short supply. The market was cheaper on most.
New season restocking lambs sold $80-$118 and eased $12/head on plainer lambs. Trade weights were back $3-$7 selling from $130-$154/head, averaging around 650c with well-presented lambs up to 700c/kg. Heavy lambs sold for $153-$170 with an excellent pen of extra heavy lambs making $216/head to average 725c/kg. The better end of the shorn trade lambs sold from $137-$154 averaging 680c and heavy weights reached $177/head. Merino hoggets were well supplied and eased $5, with the heavier trade weights $93-$120/head.
Mutton numbers lifted and the quality was fair. There were plenty of light/medium weights penned. Prices eased $4-$6 on the lighter sheep and lifted $2-$3/head on the heavier and better covered lines. Light 1 score sheep made $30-$72/head. Medium weight ewes ranged from $78-$118/head. Heavy crossbreds made $110-$157 and merinos with a skin reached $148/head. Merino wethers sold to $114/head bare shorn. Carcase prices averaged 410-440c/kg.
Category (Qty) $/Hd
- Suckers XB 9,561 Top $216.00; av $115.27
- Lambs Merino 1,516 Top $124.00; av $64.22
- Lambs XB 4,091 Top $182.00; av $105.80
- Hoggets XB 343 Top $164.20; av $112.63
- Wethers Merino 4,439 Top $138.00; av $82.41
- Ewes XB 2,947 Top $136.00; av $89.61
- Ewes Merino 6,839 Top $152.60; av $76.95