Outstanding lambs on offer

Gerrard & Partners sold 18 Merino suckers on behalf of Sugarloaf Holsteins, Young, for $215 a head.
Gerrard & Partners sold 18 Merino suckers on behalf of Sugarloaf Holsteins, Young, for $215 a head.

Prime Sheep, Lamb

October 9 | Yarding: 21,406

Number increased by approximately 4000 head.

All the regular spring buying group operated in an erratic market at times throughout the sheep run. Prices started out strong with some outstanding new season lambs, however, steadied as the sale progressed.

Light and medium trade lambs made $154-$179. Light lambs suiting feedlot buyers were keenly sought after, making $128-$161, with the light lambs to the processors selling for $115-$154, gaining up to $12/head in places.

Heavy trade lambs lost momentum from last week, making $177-$187, to average 770c/kg cwt. Heavy lamb prices eased $3, making $190-$204.

Export buyers were a little subdued in the heavy export lamb category with 26-30kg lambs making $210-$226, averaging 763c/kg, easing $11/head. The over 30kg lambs made up to $240/head, to average 668c/kg cwt.

Well finished heavy 4 score crossbred ewes made $146-$182, to average 580c/kg cwt. Merino 4 score ewes reached $190 and the 2 and 3 score ewes made $95-$147.

Elders sold six Angus steers for 315c/kg, average 575kg, $1811 a head on behalf of Rugby Pastoral Co.

Elders sold six Angus steers for 315c/kg, average 575kg, $1811 a head on behalf of Rugby Pastoral Co.

Prime Cattle 

October 10 | Yarding: 1037

Numbers increased slightly for a mixed quality offering of cattle. The bulk of the yarding included cattle suiting the feedlot and restocker buyers, with prices igniting on the better lines, increasing prices.

It was a better offering of mixed cows this week and prices were stronger.

The regular domestic processors operated in a mostly firm market, with steers selling from 280-310c/kg and the heifer portion making from 262-298c/kg, lifting 3c.

A full field of feedlot buyers were on deck and bidding was strong, with the steer portion selling for 245-300c/kg. The heifers eased 3-5c making 250-285c/kg. Yearling steers reached 314c/kg, with the bulk making 267-303c/kg.

Grown steers were limited but there were some good finished types gaining up to 7c, making from 280-315c/kg for the C4 types.

Heavy 3 and 4 score beef cows made 222-284c/kg, improving by 13c-22c/kg. The middle run of D2 types made 208-225c/kg, lifting 22c and the light one score cows sold for 180-218c, gaining 8c.

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