Muchea Sale report
A total yarding of 14,837 sheep and lambs were penned. Quality was comparable to last week.
A fair indication that numbers are now going direct to works was evident with lambs to processors back by $5 to $20/head as were secondary mutton.
Heavy mutton wethers, hoggets and rams remained firm. Light Merino store ewe lambs to feeders and restockers bucked the trend to be $8/head dearer.
Lightweight crossbred lambs to feeders sold from $68 to $75 to be $5 to $10/head easier.
Light lambs to airfreight sold from $65 to $100 back by $10 to $20/ head.
Trade weights were down $5 to $10 at $115 to $139 with heavies at $152/head to remain firm.
Store Merino black tag lambs again met slightly better demand from feeders.
Light Merino ewe lambs made $50 to $85 up by $8 and the heavier weights sold to $123/head.
Store Merino wether lambs sold from $35 to $104 to feeders being firm to $3/head easier.
Ram lambs were similar in numbers to last week with tops selling from $95 to $121/head to the trade, again firm.
Hoggets sold from to $100 to $110/head to the trade to remain firm. Stores sold at $66 to $98, back $20/head. Mutton ewes met reduced demand with light boners to processors at $35 to $77, down $10 to $20/head.
Better mediumweight mutton to processors and the trade sold from $75 to $121 the latter with a big fleece, down $5 to $10/head.
Heavy ewes made from $90 to $135/head, the tops again with a big fleece remained firm.
Sheep and Lamb Highlights
AE & KM Spark, Dowerin: 38 crossbred lambs (top $153.50).
GA Boyle, Quairading: crossbred lambs (top $140).
JR & JM Browne, Warradarge: One Poll Dorset ram (top $175).
KJ & GJ O’Neil, Northam: 13 Poll Dorset ewes (top $131.50). 30 Tatiara Farms, Namban: Merino ewes (top $129.50).
A yarding of 1171 head was again dominated by pastoral cattle and, in particular, yearling heifers and bulls.
Heifers were up 30c and steers down 15c/kg, both quality driven.
Light-weight vealer steers to feeders sold from 252c to 358c with heifers at 280c/kg generally firm.
Yearling steers local were mainly 400kg plus and sold from 250c to 326c/kg to remain firm.
Feeders paid from 250c to 312c for lighter weights and a better offering of heavier pastoral steers remained firm at 240c to 256c/kg for heavier better bred types.
Lightweight pastoral yearling steers eased 15c on quality at 140c to 252c/kg.
Yearling heifers local and grain assisted were over 400kg and sold from 190c to 330c/kg to remain firm. Pastoral heifers again the bulk of the yarding rose 30c on lightweights at 90c to 144c and mediumweights at 118c to 290c/kg going mainly to feeders.
Heavies 330kg plus remained firm at 140c to 170c/kg. Grown steers were all pastoral and sold from 210c to 264c/kg for under 700kg liveweight.
Bullocks sold from 180c to 196c/ kg again firm. Cows were generally firm with best prime at 150c to 220c/kg.
Bulls again received strong competition but were generally firm with lightweights selling from 270c to 348c/kg. Mediumweights sold at 180c to 206c and heavies sold to processors at 140c to 170c/kg.
Danfield Holdings, Wooroloo: Four Angus steers (303kg, 326c/kg, $988).
Stephen Borona, Quairading: Two Murray Grey steers (405kg, 258c/kg, $1045).
National Indigenous Pastoral Ent, Coral Bay: 19 Droughtmaster steers (319kg, 274c/kg, $874); 12 Droughtmaster steers (282kg, 274c/kg, $773); 17 Droughtmaster steers (297kg, 262c/kg, $778); 11 Droughtmaster steers (323kg, 228c/kg, $736); and five Droughtmaster steers (340kg, 204c/kg, $694).