More sheep, fewer cattle this week

Monday’s cattle sale

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Numbers decreased this sale and quality continues to be very mixed. There were some useful lines of finished cattle offered and fewer secondary lines than that of the previous sales. Yearlings made up the majority of the yarding, while grown cattle were limited. Most of the usual buyers were present and competing in a cheaper market.

Yearling steers to processors eased 10c to 15c to sell from 240c to 290c/kg. Middle weights to feed held steady to make from 250c to 320c, while heavy weights were back 10c to receive from 250c to 312c/kg. The heifer portion to processors was steady selling from 248c to 284c/kg. Those to feed varied in price, making from 230c to 270c/kg.

Heavy steers and bullocks were limited and decreased 10c to 15c to make from 240c to 274c/kg. Grown heifers reached 246c/kg. Cows were 5c to 10c easier.

Lamb quality improved and numbers increased at Tuesday's sheep and lamb sales.

Lamb quality improved and numbers increased at Tuesday's sheep and lamb sales.

Tuesday’s sheep sale

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Numbers lifted this sale with both lamb and mutton showing the increase. Lamb quality was improved slightly on the previous sales with some good runs of supplementary fed finished lambs on offer. Most of the usual buyers were present and competing in a firm to cheaper market that fluctuated with quality.

Restockers were active paying up to $142/head for the plainer types. Light old lambs dropped $6 to sell from $106 to $126/head. Trade weights were firm to $4 easier with prices ranging from $135 to $170/head.

Heavy and extra heavy weights were $3 to $6/head easier. Heavy lambs sold from $160 to $184 and extra heavy weights received from $177 to $240/head. Carcase prices averaged from 682c to 737c/kg.

Market information provided by MLA's National Livestock Reporting Service Forbes