Numbers jump at weekly sales

Numbers tripled at this week's cattle sale with a good selection of well bred cattle on offer.
Numbers tripled at this week's cattle sale with a good selection of well bred cattle on offer.

The second last cattle sale of this year on Monday saw numbers almost triple to 1258. Quality was fair with a good selection of well bred cattle on offer. The usual buyers were competing along with restockers in a dearer market.

A few pens of vealer steers and heifers sold to restockers ranged from 688c to 802c/kg. Yearling steers jumped 10c to 15c to sell from 530c to 594c/kg to feeders.

Those to processors received from 451c to 568c/kg. Restockers paid from 588c to 758c/kg for the lighter lines.

The heifer portion was 10c to 15c better with processors paying from 450c to 540c/kg. Those to feed ranged from 480c to 577c/kg.

Heavy steers and bullocks sold from 440c to 482c/kg. Grown heifers received from 400c to 451c/kg. A quality penning of cows lifted 3c to 6c with heavy 3 and 4 score cows selling from 365c to 385c/kg.

Numbers jumped to 17,220 at Tuesday's lamb and sheep sale will both lamb and mutton showing the increase.

Lamb quality was very mixed with some handy lines of finished lambs offered along with a large percentage of lighter store types that were advertised. The usual buyers were competing in a market that fluctuated with quality offered.

There was 220 new season lambs penned and restockers competed strongly on the lighter lines paying from $140 to $195/head.

Processors paid from $182 to $225/head for the better trade weights. Old lamb prices fluctuated with quality and finish but eased slightly on average.

Trade weights to 24kg sold from $186 to $219/head. Heavy lambs to 26kg reached $246 with export lambs selling from $258 to $276/head. Carcase prices averaged from 870c to 916c/kg cwt.

Merinos made up the majority of the mutton offering and sold from $165 to $215/head. Crossbred ewes ranged from $154 to $215/head.