First market of 2019 steady to stronger

Monday’s cattle sale

Yarding 514

The first sale of the year saw numbers remain similar to the final sale of 2018.

Quality was very mixed, with a large percentage of plainer feeder type cattle yarded, along with the few well finished pens. Yearlings made up the majority of the offering and most of the usual buyers were present and competing.

Yearling steers to feed were well supplied and sold from 280c to 309c/kg for middle weights.

Heavy weights received from 221c to 312c/kg. Those to processors sold from 270c to 284c/kg. The heifer portion to feed received from 225c to 270c, with the better finished lines to processors selling from 258c to 284c/kg.

There were too few heavy steers and grown heifers to quote. Cows showed a dearer trend to last year’s sales, with heavy 2 scores selling from 192c to 212c, while 3 scores made 213c/kg.

Market reports (below) come from Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Agency.

Market reports (below) come from Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Agency.

Tuesday’s sheep and lamb sale

Yarding 22750: 17100 lambs; 5650 sheep

The first sale for the year saw numbers increase slightly.

There was 17,100 lambs penned, and quality was mixed, with some good lines of supplementary fed lambs offered, along with the plainer types.

Most of the usual buyers were present and competing in a fairly steady market.

Light lambs sold stronger, to sell from $119 to $125/head. Trade weights were firm to $2 better, to receive from $125 to $164/head.

Heavy and extra heavy weight lambs were firm to slightly easier, dependant on quality. Heavy lambs sold from $145 to $177 and extra heavies received from $155 to $230/head. Carcase prices averaged 660c/kg.

Mutton quality was fair, with some handy lines of medium and heavy sheep offered. Prices showed a dearer trend, with Merino ewes selling from $100 to $154 a head.