Numbers ease at this week's sales

From Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Agency

Despite no cattle sale last week due to the public holiday, numbers eased slightly with 1460 offered on Monday and quality continues to be mixed.

There was a handy offering of supplementary fed finished lines offered, along with the lighter plainer types.

Yearlings made up the majority of the yarding, along with a good penning of cows, some grain assisted.

The usual buyers were present and competing in a market that was dearer on the better finished cattle and held firm to easier on the plainer lighter lines.

Yearling steers to processors lifted 10c to make from 260c to 316c/kg. Those to feed were 4c to 5c easier to receive from 251c to 305c/kg for middle and heavy weights.

Restockers were active on some light store types, paying from 198c to 270c/kg. The heifer portion to processors was 2c to 3c easier on a reduced quality yarding, making from 220c to 294c/kg.

Feedlots paid from 200c to 290c/kg for plainer lines. Light store types sold from 198c to 222c/kg to restockers.

Numbers at Tuesday's sheep sale eased to 25,300, with lambs showing the biggest change.

Lamb quality was fair, with good numbers of supplementary fed finished lambs offered, along with the plainer types. Heavy and extra heavy weight lambs were well supplied.

The usual buyers were present and competing in a dearer market. Light lambs held firm to make from $138 to $158/head.

Trade weights were $6 to $7 better, with prices varying from $155 to $218/head. Heavy and extra heavy weight lambs lifted $10, with heavy lambs making from $215 to $259/head.

Extra heavy weight lambs varied in price from $248 to $319/head. Carcase prices averaged from 907c to 935/kg cwt.

Tuesday's sheep sale saw 25300 yarded, 18950 lambs and 6350 sheep.

Tuesday's sheep sale saw 25300 yarded, 18950 lambs and 6350 sheep.