Slight drop in yarding at this week’s sales

Numbers eased at Monday’s cattle sale and quality continued to be very mixed. There were some well finished and grain assisted cattle penned along with plainer secondary types.

Yearlings made up the majority of the offering with only a small offering of grown cattle. The usual buyers were present and competing in a steady market.

Yearling steers to processors eased 6c to sell from 266c to 285c/kg. Middle weights to feeders lifted 6c to range from 266c to 325c/kg.

Heavy weights averaged firm to receive from 260c to 313c/kg. Light weights to feed and restockers reached 335c/kg.

The heifer portion to processors was steady depending on quality, receiving from 250c to 306c/kg. Those to feeders were also steady to sell from 255c to 295c/kg.

Numbers declined at Tuesday’s sheep and lamb sale with lambs the most affected. Lamb quality was very mixed with some good lines of well-presented lambs offered along with the plainer pens.

There was an increased percentage of lighter store lambs available along with a good offering of extra heavy weight lambs penned. The usual buyers were present and competing in a firm to easier market.

Light new season lambs to restockers sold from $74 to $132/head. Trade weights were $3 to $4 easier and sold from $123 to $148/head. Heavy lambs sold from $151 to $157/head.

Old trade weight lambs were $2 to $3 easier and received from $126 to $148/head. Heavy and extra heavy weights were firm to $3/head better.

MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service.