Numbers down, but cattle quality

The NLRS reports that there was a better offering of finished and supplementary fed cattle available at this week's sales, although numbers were reduced from a high the previous week.

The NLRS reports that there was a better offering of finished and supplementary fed cattle available at this week's sales, although numbers were reduced from a high the previous week.

From Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Agency

Numbers at Monday’s cattle sale halved to 944, though quality was improved from the previous sale. There was a better offering of finished and supplementary fed cattle available, along with the usual plainer types. Cows made up a large percentage of the yarding. The usual buyers were present and competing in a cheaper market.

Yearling steers eased 8c to 10c/kg. Processors paid from 220c to 267c/kg for medium and heavy weights. Those to feed received from 220c to 280/kg. A better offering of finished heifers saw prices hold firm to 4c better to make from 220c to 260c/kg. Those to feed were 10c easier to receive from 220c to 245c/kg.

Grown heifers sold from 180c to 230c/kg. Cows were 2c to 5c easier, with heavy 2 score making from 153c to 193c, while 3 scores sold from 186c to 204c/kg.

Numbers at Tuesday’s sheep and lamb sale decreased to 25,100 from a new year high the previous week, with lambs showing the biggest decrease. Lamb quality was fair, with a good supply of fed finished lambs offered, along with the plainer types. The usual buyers were present and competing in a dearer market.

Light lambs lifted $6 to make from $114 to $123/head. Trade weights were $5 better, making from $125 to $149/head.

Heavy and extra heavy weight lambs were well supplied, making from $5 to $8/head dearer. Heavy lambs received from $148 to $173/head, with extra heavy weights receiving from $158 to $227/head. Carcase prices averaged from 620c to 660c/kg cwt.

Mutton numbers comprised primarily Merinos and prices showed an increase. Merino ewes sold from $97 to $144/head. Crossbred ewes varied in price from $81 to $149, with Dorper ewes reaching $96/head.