Prime Sheep, lamb
There was an increase in lamb numbers, but the quality still remains mixed. There were several good lines of trade lambs and a few more heavy weights, but numbers of heavy lambs remain limited and there was an extra buyer purchasing heavy weights. Light lambs made up the majority of the yarding. The market sold to a cheaper trend on the light and trade lambs and dearer on the heavy four score lambs.
Restocking lambs sold from $66-$129/head. Feeders paid to $135/head. The two score processing lambs to 16kg were $6 cheaper, making $80-$107/head. Trade lambs weighing 18-24kg were $3-$4 softer, receiving $117-$148/head. Carcase prices averaged from 600-640c/kg cwt. Heavy lambs lifted up to $20, with the extra buyers making $163-$198 and extra heavy lambs reached $208/head, averaging close to 690c/kg. Trade Merino lambs sold from $95-$105/head. Hoggets reached $155/head.
Mutton numbers decreased and mainly ewes were offered. The quality remains fair. Prices were firm to $3/head dearer. Light sheep sold from $30-$49/head. Medium weight ewes received $77-$110/head. Heavy crossbred ewes sold from $110-$139/head. Merino wethers topped at $145/head. Carcase prices averaged 380c/kg on the better covered sheep.
Cat (Qty) $/hd
- Suckers XB 632 Top $156.00; Av $133.45
- Lambs Merino 295 Top $105.00; Av $56.59
- Lambs XB 6763 Top $208.60; Av $117.66
- Hoggets XB 557 Top $155.00; Av $126.18
- Wethers Merino 680 Top $118.00; Av $79.19
- Ewes XB 1568 Top $139.20; Av $102.26
- Ewes Merino 2850 Top $124.00; Av $69.04
Numbers decreased and the quality improved. There was a better run of feeder steers and heifers and a few nice lines of weaners. Grown steers and heifers were in reduced numbers and there were nearly 600 cows offered. The market sold to mixed trend, with extra competition on light cows as well as the plainer yearlings from restockers.
Weaners steers were cheaper, making from 160-221c/kg and heifers sold 10c dearer, reaching 220c/kg. The quality in the feeder steers did not vary as much and they sold to similar prices, receiving 200-265c/kg. Feeder heifers lifted 10-12c, making 190-249c/kg. The few trade cattle were firm, making 255-260c/kg.
The few grown steers were 7c cheaper, making 200-212c/kg, as the best of the grown heifers reached 225c/kg. Plain cows with frame were dearer as restocking orders were active from 81-119c/kg. Medium weight two score cows were 5c cheaper, receiving 90-135c and the heavy weights eased 9-13c to make 122-161c/kg. The four score cows averaged 148c/kg lwt.
Cat, Wgt (Qty), c/kg, $/hd
- Light Steers < 350 253 Top 260 $897; Av 196.6 $479
- Light Heifers < 350 224 Top 260 $865; Av 169.6 $429
- Trade Steers 351 - 500 107 Top 265 $1,147; Av 244.1 $966
- Trade Heifers 351 - 500 202 Top 249.2 $1,070; Av 203.7 $834
- Export Steers 501+ 18 Top 215 $1,435; Av 190.8 $1,118
- Export Heifers 501+ 20 Top 188 $1,175; Av 170.6 $930
- Cows 618 Top 208.2 $1,256; Av 130 $668
- Bulls < 700 56 Top 200 $1,143; Av 112.4 $393
- Bulls > 700 5 Top 190 $1,587; Av 173.9 $1,389