Cattle market firm, lambs prices rise

MLA's National Livestock Reporting Agency on this week's sales at the Central West Livestock Exchange

More than 1900 cattle were yarded at the Central West Livestock Exchange this week and prices remained firm, the National Livestock Reporting Agency says. File photo.

More than 1900 cattle were yarded at the Central West Livestock Exchange this week and prices remained firm, the National Livestock Reporting Agency says. File photo.

Numbers lifted at Monday's cattle sale, with a total of 1912 head yarded and quality very mixed as it has been at recent sales.

There was a large of percentage of plainer cattle yarded, along with the few better finished supplementary fed lines.

Yearlings made up the majority of the offering.

The usual buyers were present and competing, along with competition from restockers in a fairly steady market.

Vealer steers and heifers to restockers sold from 186c to 265c/kg. Yearling steers to processors eased 4c to receive from 240c to 313c/kg.

Those to feed held fairly steady, as middle weights sold from 275c to 304c and heavy weights received from 270c to 312c/kg.

Restockers paid from 220c to 285c/kg for the lighter plainer types.

The heifer portion to processors eased slightly, partly related to quality, with prices from 220c to 306c/kg.

Those to feed held steady to receive from 230c to 268c and restockers paid from 205c to 260c/kg.

Heavy steers and bullocks sold from 270c to 299c, while grown heifers received from 195c to 215c/kg.

Heavy 2 score cows lifted 6c to make from 162c to 202c, while 3 score cows eased 8c to receive from 180c to 225c/kg.

Numbers eased slightly with 18750 yarded at Tuesday's sheep sale and quality continues to be similar to that of previous weeks.

There was good numbers of well finished lambs on offer, along with the plainer types.

The usual buyers were present and competing in a firm to dearer market. Light lambs reached $145/head.

Trade weights were firm to $4 better, with prices varying from $150 to $189/head.

Heavy and extra heavy weight lambs were well supplied and sold $4 to $5/head dearer.

Heavy lambs to 26kg sold from $180 to $217, with those over 26kg receiving from $223 to $270/head. Carcase prices averaged from 765c to 799c/kg cwt.

Mutton quality was fair, with good numbers of medium and heavy weight sheep on offer. Merinos made up the majority of the yarding and prices were strong.

Merino ewes sold from $111 to $245/head. Crossbred ewes varied in price from $125 to $228, with Dorper ewes receiving from $100 to $194/head.

Merino wethers sold from $112 to $225/head.