Numbers lift at this week's sales

Numbers jumped to 731 at Monday's cattle sale, though quality was reduced from the previous sale with fewer well bred finished lines on offer.
Numbers jumped to 731 at Monday's cattle sale, though quality was reduced from the previous sale with fewer well bred finished lines on offer.

Forbes market reports from MLA's National Livestock Reporting Agency.

Last week's prices rise saw numbers jump to 731 at Monday's cattle sale. Quality was reduced fewer well bred finished lines on offer.

Yearlings made up the majority of the yarding. The usual buyers were present.

Vealer steers and heifers to restockers sold from 390c to 520c/kg. Yearling steers to feed were firm to a couple dearer to receive 390c to 417c/kg for medium and heavy weights.

Those to processors eased 10c partly related to quality, with prices making from 361c to 420c/kg. Lighter store types to restockers sold from 385c to 486c/kg.

The heifer portion was 6c to 9c/kg easier on a reduced quality offering. Those to feed sold from 365c to 400c with processors paying 375c to 427c/kg for the better finished types.

Heavy steers and bullocks were limited in number and sold from 330c to 392c/kg. Grown heifers received from 303c to 350c/kg.

Cows were the exception to the trend lifting 8c to 10c/kg. Heavy 2 score cows reached 292c while 3 score ranged in price from 288c to 316c/kg.

Numbers lifted to 23,050 at Tuesday's lamb and sheep sale.

Heavy and extra heavyweight export lambs made up the majority of the yarding. The usual buyers were present and competing in a cheaper market.

There was 1,600 new season lambs penned and prices ranged from $713 to $204/head. Old lambs to restockers sold from $120 to $176/head.

Trade weights were $15 to $20 easier with 18 to 22kg, portion selling from $155 to $176/head.

Heavy lambs to 26kg were back $215 to receive $173 to $206/head.

Extra heavy export lambs were also $20 to $25 cheaper to range in price $195 to $250/head. Carcase prices averaged 750c to 775c/kg cwt.

Merino lambs sold from $146 to $188/head. Mutton numbers lifted and prices eased with Merino ewes selling from $134 to $220/head.

Crossbred ewes sold from $176 to $238 and Merino wethers from $164 to $203/head.