Sharp drop in lambs to sale at Central West Livestock Exchange

Despite there being no cattle sale due to the October long weekend last week, numbers eased at this week’s sale.

Quality was very mixed with some handy lines of well finished and grain assisted cattle offered along with the plainer secondary types.

Yearlings made up the majority of the yarding. The usual buyers were present and competing in market that was dearer than the sale a fortnight ago.

Yearling steers to processors lifted by 14c to 16c/kg. Middle weights sold from 250c to 295c and heavy weights received from 259c to 288c/kg.

Those to feed were 6c to 10c/kg better.

Middle weights ranged in price from 260c to 289c and heavy weights sold from 255c to 285c/kg.

The heifer portion to processors was 15c dearer with middle weights selling from 245c to 268c/kg. Heavy weights ranged in price from 255c to 286c/kg. Those to feed received from 248c to 288c/kg.

Numbers showed a sharp drop at Tuesday’s sheep and lamb sale with both lamb and mutton showing the decrease.

There were 8,400 new season lambs penned and quality was improved from the previous sales. The usual buyers were present and competing in a firm to dearer market.

Light new season lambs held firm to sell from $116 to $122/head. Trade weights were firm to $3 better  from $124 to $154/head. Heavy and extra heavy weights were fairly steady with heavy lambs selling from $144 to $168/head.

Carcase prices averaged from 600c to 627c/kg cwt. Old lambs followed a similar trend. Trade weights sold from $120 to $136/head.