Buyers compete in dearer markets

Market reports from MLA's National Livestock Reporting Agency.

With widespread rain in the drawing area numbers more than halved to 353 at Monday's cattle sale. Quality was fair with some handy lines of finished cattle offered along with secondary lines. Most of the usual buyers were present and competing in a dearer market.

Tuesday's lamb and sheep sale saw 25,200 penned despite widespread rain in the drawing area. Quality was fair with good numbers of finished lambs on offer.

Tuesday's lamb and sheep sale saw 25,200 penned despite widespread rain in the drawing area. Quality was fair with good numbers of finished lambs on offer.

Yearling steers to feed were 4c to 6c better to sell from 350c to 420c/kg. Those to processors were limited in number but sold from 385c to 405c/kg.

An improved quality offering of yearling heifers lifted 10c to 12c/kg. Processors paid from 346c to 420c/kg while those to feed sold from 350c to 399c/kg. Heavy steers and bullocks sold from 315c to 370c/kg while grown heifers sold from 291c to 375c/kg.

Numbers remained similar with 25,200 penned at Tuesday's lamb and sheep sale despite widespread rain in the drawing area. Quality was fair with good numbers of finished lambs on offer.

Heavy and extra heavy weight lambs were well supplied. most of the usual buyers were present and competing in a dearer market, particularly on the better bred and shaped types.

There was 5,100 new season lambs penned and quality was fair with most fresh and well finished. Prices lifted $15/head and more on the better trade types. Prices ranged from $175 to $194/head with carcase prices averaging from 799c to 840c/kg cwt.

Old trade weight lambs were also $10 to $15 better and more in places to receive from $150 to $188/head. Heavy lambs to 26kg sold from $173 to $196 with an average of 760c/kg cwt.

Extra heavy weight export lambs were $7 to $10 better to receive from $177 to $226/head to average 660c/kg cwt. Mutton numbers were made up of mostly Merinos and quality was mixed. Prices lifted with Merino ewes selling from $143 to $200/head.