Rain affects yarding at this week’s sales

Numbers halved at Monday’s sale and quality continues to be mixed. There was a good offering of well finished grain assisted cattle along with the plainer secondary types. Most of the usual buyers were present and competing in a firm market.

Yearling steers to processor held firm, with prices ranging from 252c to 300c/kg. Those to feed were also steady with middle weights selling from 278c to 318c, and heavy weights from 277c to 310c/kg.

Yearling heifers were limited in number, but held mostly firm. Those to processors received from 250c to 300c, while feeders paid from 251c to 286c/kg.

Heavy steers and bullocks were in short supply and sold from 252c to 269c/kg. Grown heifers ranged in price from 238c to 264c/kg.

Numbers lifted at Tuesday’s sheep and lamb sale with lambs showing the increase. Lamb quality improved from the previous sales with better numbers of well finished lambs on offer along with the plainer types.

Heavy and extra heavy weight lambs made up the majority of the offering. Most of the usual buyers were present and competing in a firm to dearer market.

Trade and heavy weight new season lambs lifted $3 to sell from $137 to $176/head on a limited offering.

Trade weight old lambs were firm to $3 dearer with prices ranging from $124 to $156/head. Heavy lambs held steady to sell from $141 to $167/head.

Extra heavy weights were $4 to $8 better to receive from $160 to $232/head. Carcase prices averaged from 632c to 659c/kg cwt.

Market information from Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service.