Numbers drop at last sales of the year

FINAL SALE: The final sheep and lamb sale for 2021 on Tuesday saw numbers fall slightly to 12900. Picture: File
FINAL SALE: The final sheep and lamb sale for 2021 on Tuesday saw numbers fall slightly to 12900. Picture: File

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

Cattle sale Monday, December 13

Numbers dropped to 749 for the cattle final sale of 2021 on Monday.

Quality remained similar to that of the last sale with some good runs of well bred cattle offered along with the secondary types.

Most of the usual buyers were present and competing in a dearer market,

Yearling steers to feed jumped 15c to sell from 530c to 653c/kg for medium weights.

Heavy weights ranged in price from 500c to 590c/kg. Those to processors sold from 440c to 530c/kg.

Yearling heifers also jumped 15c to 20c with feeders paying from 560c to 597/kg.

The better finished lines to processors received from 480c to 540c/kg.

Heavy steers and bullocks were limited in number and sold from 430c to 480c/kg.

Grown heifers ranged in price from 418c to 450/kg.

A good offering of cows lifted 4c to 6c with heavy 3 and 4 score selling from 375c to 389c/kg.

Most of the usual buyers were present and competing in variable market that averaged out fairly steady.

Market reporter

Sheep sale Tuesday, December 14

The final sheep and lamb sale for 2021 on Tuesday saw numbers fall slightly to 12900.

Lamb quality was mixed with both well finished and plainer drier types penned.

Most of the usual buyers were present and competing in variable market that averaged out fairly steady.

There was just 1,100 new season lambs penned and price ranged from $186 to $220/head.

Old lambs were firm to $4/head better. Trade weight 20 - 24kg selling from $190 to $235/head.

Heavies to 26kg sold from $220 to $243 with extra heavy weights receiving from $254 to $302/head.

Carcase prices averaged 867c to 932c/kg cwt.

Mutton numbers were made up of mostly Merinos and these sold from $145 to $205/head. Crossbred ewes ranged in price from $150 to $220/head.