Continued dry draws more cattle to this week’s sale

Numbers lifted at Monday’s cattle sale as the drier weather continues. Quality continues to be mixed with some handy lines of well finished grain assisted cattle offered along with the plainer secondary types.

Yearlings made up the majority of the offering. The usual buyers were present and competing in a cheaper market.

Yearling steers to processors were back by 6c/kg. Middle weights sold from 260c to 288c and heavy weights received 255c to 286c/kg.

Middle and heavy weight steers to feed were back 15c to range in price from 260c to 290c/kg. The heifer portion to processors held firm to 3c easier to sell from 250c to 300c/kg. Those to feed eased 5c to 6c to range from 250c to 278c/kg.

Numbers fell at this Tuessday’s sheep and lamb sale with lambs showing the biggest decrease. Lamb quality was mixed with both well presented finished lambs and plainer drier types on offer.

There was less weight yarded and the usual buyers were present and competing in a firm to easier market.

Light new season lambs eased $2 to sell from $109 to $118/head. Trade weights were $2 to $4 easier with prices ranging from $118 to $153/head.

Heavy and extra heavy weight lambs held firm with heavy lambs selling from $139 to $164/head. Extra heavy weights sold from $151 to $171/head.

Carcase prices averaged from 596c to 622c/kg. Old trade weight lambs held firm to sell from $119 to $139/head. Heavy lambs received from $140 to $146/head and extra heavies sold from $146 to $205/head.

Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Agency