Good numbers of finished lambs, cattle

Numbers lifted to 1,170 at Monday's cattle sale and quality was fair. There were some good lines of well bred and finished cattle offered along with an increased yarding of Bos Indicus cattle. File photo.
Numbers lifted to 1,170 at Monday's cattle sale and quality was fair. There were some good lines of well bred and finished cattle offered along with an increased yarding of Bos Indicus cattle. File photo.

Forbes market reports from Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Agency.

Numbers lifted to 1,170 at Monday's cattle sale and quality was fair.

There were some good lines of well bred and finished cattle offered along with an increased yarding of Bos Indicus cattle.

The usual buyers were present and competing in a fairly steady market.

Yearling steers held firm with those to processors receiving from 480c to 588c/kg.

The plainer types to feed ranged in price from 480c to 590c/kg.

The heifer portion to processors sold from 520c to 592c for medium weights and 466c to 520c/kg for heavies.

Heavy steers and bullocks were also firm to slightly cheaper to sell from 444c to 500c/kg.

Grown heifers received from 420c to 480c/kg. Cows eased 4c to 5c with heavy 3 and 4 score cows selling from 380c to 422c/kg.

Numbers remained steady at Tuesday's lamb and sheep sale with a total yarding of 21,400. Quality was similar to that of previous sales.

There were good numbers of finished lambs available though a larger percentage are showing dryness and skin contamination.

Most of the usual buyers were present though not all competed in a cheaper market. There was 6500 new season lambs penned and prices slipped $10 to $12/head.

Trade weights to 26kg sold from $184 to $236 with heavyweights from $226 to $268/head. Carcase prices averaged from 846c to 870c/kg cwt.

Restockers continue to put a base in the market paying from $170 to $210/head.

Old lambs were $10 to $15 cheaper with those to 26kg selling from $194 to $224/head. Export lambs sold from $240 to $266/head.

Merino lambs received from $172 to $219/head. Mutton numbers were made up of mostly Merinos and the heavy ewes sold from $170 to $215/head.

Crossbred ewes ranged from $180 to $238 with Dorper ewes reaching $218/head.