This week's sales: sheep prices rise

Market reports from this week's sales at the Central West Livestock Exchange indicate both the numbers and the prices for sheep and lambs were up on Tuesday.
Market reports from this week's sales at the Central West Livestock Exchange indicate both the numbers and the prices for sheep and lambs were up on Tuesday.

Numbers lifted at Monday's cattle sale, though quality continues to be mixed. There were a few handy supplementary fed lines on offer, along with an increased run of plainer types. Cows made up the majority of the yarding.

Vealer steers and heifers sold from 125c to 145c/kg. Yearling steers to processors were limited and received from 237c to 269c/kg. Those to feed slipped 5c to 10c, with middle weights selling from 200c to 245c and heavy weights ranging from 220c to 255c/kg. The heifer portion to processors dropped 5c to 10c to receive from 200c to 252c/kg. Those to feed were 25c cheaper to sell from 160c to 200c/kg.

Heavy steers and bullocks were limited in number and reached 220c/kg. Grown heifers sold from 148c to 200c/kg. Cows showed the biggest change falling 40c/kg. Heavy 2 score cows sold from 80c to 131c and 3 score cows from 112c to 146c/kg.

Numbers lifted slightly at Tuesday's sheep sale, with both lamb and mutton showing the change. Lamb quality was fair, with good numbers of finished lambs offered, along with the plainer types. 

Light lambs lifted $4 to make from $114 to $126/head. Trade weights attracted strong competition, making $5 to $8/head more. Prices varied from $124 to $165/head.

Heavy and extra heavy weights held fairly steady, with lambs up to 26kg receiving from $161 to $174, while those over 26kg made from $170 to $215/head. Carcase prices averaged from 607c to 643c/kg cwt.

Mutton numbers comprised mainly Merinos and quality continues to be varied. Prices fluctuated, with Merino ewes receiving from $88 to $151/head. Crossbred ewes sold from $85 to $148 and Dorper ewes received from $76 to $120/head. Merino wethers varied in price from $84 to $157/head.

Report from Meat and Livestock Australia's National Reporting Agency.