Fat lambs fetch $330 a head

This pen of 55 lambs sold by VC Reid for KP / RL and R McMahon at $330 a head. Photo Central West Livestock Exchange.
This pen of 55 lambs sold by VC Reid for KP / RL and R McMahon at $330 a head. Photo Central West Livestock Exchange.

Numbers lifted to 1680 at Monday's cattle sale, though quality continues to be very mixed. There were some useful lines of supplementary fed cattle offered, along with a larger percentage of lighter store types.

The usual buyers were present and competing, along with restockers in a market that was dearer for the better finished cattles.

Yearling steers to processors lifted 10c to make from 263c to 316c/kg. Those to feed eased 10c, as middle weights received from 240c to 304c and heavies sold from 255c to 316c/kg. Restockers were active on the light store types, paying from 242c to 282c/kg.

The heifer portion to restokers sold from 168c to 219c/kg. Those to feed eased slightly to receive from 220c to 267c/kg. The better finished lines to processors lifted 7c to 10c to make from 250c to 306c/kg.

Heavy steers and bullocks were limited, making from 290c to 313c/kg. Grown heifers received from 211c to 287c/kg.

Numbers eased at Tuesday's sheep sale to 27,400, with mutton showing the decrease.

Lamb quality was fair, with good numbers of supplementary fed finished lambs on offer, along with the plainer types. Heavy and extra heavy weight lambs were well supplied. The usual buyers were present and competing in another buoyant market.

A few pens of new season lambs reached $227/head. Light old lambs sold from $138 to $150/head. Trade weights were $3 to $6 dearer, with prices from $160 to $230/head.

Heavy and extra heavy weight lambs were $4 to $8/head dearer. Heavy lambs to 26kg sold from $220 to $267 and extra heavy weights varied in price from $270 to $330/head. Carcase prices averaged from 926c to 971c/kg cwt.

Market reports by MLA's National Livestock Reporting Agency.