Cattle sale numbers slip with flood access impact

Market information provided by Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service

Cattle sale Monday, November 22

Yarding 489, down 181 

Numbers slipped again this sale with continued flooding in the drawing area.

Quality was mixed with both well bred finished cattle offered along with the plainer secondary types.

Most of the usual buyers were present and competing in a market that was similar to the previous sale.

Yearling steers to feed sold from 500c to 630c/kg.

The finished lines to processors received from 448c to 520c/kg.

NUMBERS DOWN: Lamb numbers at the Central West Livestock Exchange slipped this week, cattle numbers were also impacted with flooding closing roads in the area. Picture: File

NUMBERS DOWN: Lamb numbers at the Central West Livestock Exchange slipped this week, cattle numbers were also impacted with flooding closing roads in the area. Picture: File

Heifers to feed sold from 460c to 548c with processors paying from 460c to 530c/kg for the finished lines.

Heavy steers and bullocks were very limited in number but reached 470c/kg.

Cows were also in short supply but sold from 360c to 400c/kg.

Most of the usual buyers were present and competing in a variable but dearer market.

Market reporter

Sheep sale Tuesday, November 23

Yarding 14150 Change -2800

Lamb 9050 Change -3450

Sheep 5100 Change 650

Numbers slipped this sale with lambs showing the biggest change.

Lamb quality was mixed with some good lines of finished lambs offered along with the drier types.

Most of the usual buyers were present and competing in a variable but dearer market.

There was 1650 new season lambs penned and prices lifted with trade weights selling from $182 to $228/head.

Restockers paid from $165 to $193/head.

Old lambs jumped $10 to $15/head.

Trade weights to 24kg sold from $194 to $213 with those to 26kg ranging from $224 to $246/head.

Export lambs sold from $237 to $283/head. Carcase prices averaged from 880c to 902c/kg cwt.

There was 5,100 mutton penned and prices followed the dearer trend.

Heavy Merino ewes sold from $171 to $230/head. Crossbreds ranged in price from $155 to $246/head.