There was only a small decrease in numbers and the quality was plainer. Weaners were well supplied and there was a larger run of secondary yearlings. A few pens of very heavy bullocks and reasonable numbers of light grown heifers were penned. Cows made up nearly half of the yarding and the market sold to a cheaper trend, with only a few pens of medium weights feeders and cows holding firm.
Weaner steers sold from 233c to 270c, while heifers made from 167c to 225 cents a kilogram. Feeder steers eased 20c, with medium weights making from 230c to 300c, and heavy feeders sold from 266c to 300c/kg. Medium weight heifers to feed were firm, with most selling from 230c to 262c, while one pen sold to 277c/kg. Heavy trade cattle made from 250c to 260c/kg.
Grown steers eased 10c, selling from 247c to 270c, with the heavy bullocks making from 208c to 212c/kg. The 2 score heifers to feed made from 180c to 257c/kg. Most cows were 20c cheaper, with the exception of the straight medium weight Angus cows, which were firm. The 2 score cows sold from 120c to 184c/kg. Heavy 3 and 4 scores made from 155c to 210c, averaging 201c/kg.
Category Weight Qty c/kg $/Hd
- Light Steers <350 134 Top 286.6 $990; av 224.8 $598
- Light Heifers <350 197 Top 276.2 $945; av 199.3 $537
- Trade Steers 351 - 500 124 Top 300 $1,326; av 258.4 $1,060
- Trade Heifers 351 - 500 169 Top 262 $1,170; av 218.1 $883
- Export Steers 501+ 31 Top 268 $1,617; av 247.3 $1,457
- Export Heifers 501+ 14 Top 230.2 $1,335; av 200.7 $1,210
- Cows 620 Top 210 $1,535; av 168.6 $832
- Bulls <700 5 Top 190 $1,216; av 152.3 $842
- Bulls >700 1 Top 201.6 $1,683; av -
Prime Sheep, lamb
Lamb numbers eased and the quality was good. Light lambs were limited and there was a very good run of trade weights. Heavy and extra heavy lambs were on short supply and there was only a small number of Merino lambs through the yards. The market sold to a dearer trend.
Restockers paid from $107 to $155 a head for the light trade weights. The 2 score processing lambs were $2 dearer, receiving from $92 to $133/head. Trade weights varied in weight from 18-22kg and were $10 to $13 dearer, making from $140 to $170/head. The 22-24kg lambs gained $16 to $20 receiving from $163 to $185/head. Heavy 4 score lambs were $7 dearer, making from $175 to $180 and extra heavy lambs reached $210/head. Carcase prices averaged from 720c to 750c for trades and from 680c to 720c/kg cwt for heavy lambs. Merino lambs sold to $147/head. Hoggets reached $184/head.
Mutton numbers halved and the quality was good. Prices lifted $11 to $15 on the medium weights and $4/head on the limited numbers of heavy crossbreds. Light sheep sold from $55 to $76/head. Medium weight ewes varied from $105 to 146/head. Heavy crossbreds reached $198/head.
Category Qty $/Hd
- Suckers XB 61 Top $152; av $139.65
- Lambs Merino 815 Top $118.20; av $73.23
- Lambs XB 4,818 Top $210; av $154.40
- Hoggets XB 171 Top $184; av $148.39
- Wethers Merino 766 Top $161.60; av $122.90
- Ewes XB 365 Top $198.20; av $125.04
- Ewes Merino 1,991 Top $149.20; av $101.66