Yardings ease at this week’s sales

Numbers eased slightly at Monday’s cattle sale to 2455 and quality was reduced. Plain secondary cattle made up a large percentage of the yarding though there was still a few supplementary fed finished lines offered. 

Yearling steers to processors held firm to 2c/kg easier. Middle and heavy weights sold from 278c to 290c/kg. Those to feed dropped 15c to 20c/kg, particularly on the lighter secondary lines. Middle weights sold from 220c to 316c and heavy weights from 278c to 300c/kg. Light weights received from 230c to 258c/kg.

The heifer portion fluctuated depending on the quality offered. Processors paid from 235c to 277c for finished lines with one B muscle heifer reaching 308c/kg. Those to feed received from 200c to 274c/kg. Light plain types to restockers sold from 144c to 212c/kg.

Numbers were down a little on the past two weeks but Tuesday still saw a big yarding of sheep, with prices fluctuating with quality.

Numbers were down a little on the past two weeks but Tuesday still saw a big yarding of sheep, with prices fluctuating with quality.

Numbers decreased at Tuesday’s sheep and lamb sale, with lambs showing the reduction. Lamb quality also showed a decline, with an increased offering of plainer lambs penned. There was still a good offering of supplementary finished lambs available and these attracted good competition.

There were 5,850 new season lambs penned and trade weights sold from $146 to $209/head to processors. Light old lambs held firm to sell from $126 to $135/head. Trade weights were $4 to $6 easier, dependant on quality, making from $136 to $206/head.

Heavy lambs received from $190 to $220, with extra heavy weights making from $210 to $300/head. Carcase prices averaged from 778c to 842c/kg cwt.

Mutton numbers remained similar and quality continues to be very mixed. Merino ewes sold from $83 to $140/head. Crossbred ewes received from $90 to $144 and Dorper ewes sold from $77 to $116/head. Merino wethers made from $90 to $145/head.

Market reports by Meat and Livestock Australia