Muchea Sale report
A total yarding of 14,000 sheep and lambs were penned, down 837 on last week with a greater percentage of new season lambs to hand but the yarding was dominated by mutton on a 4:1 ratio.
Quality was comparable to last week with the same processors in attendance but values were down on most types with lambs to the trade back between $5 to $10 and mutton to processors back $10 to $15/head.
There was not a lot of variation between prices in the better finished old and new season lambs with buyers virtually paying the same cents/kg regardless, however this will change quickly.
Lightweight crossbred lambs to feeders sold from $45 to $85/head to remain firm.
The bulk of the lambs to slaughter offered were the light lambs to airfreight in the 15-17kg range and sold from $65 to $90, they were back by $5 to $10/head.
The very few trade weights were down $5 to $10 at $105 to $142 with heavies at $148/head to remain firm.
Store Merino ewe lambs black tag met mixed demand from feeders.
The very light poor-quality ewe lambs made $30 to $57, down considerably, however the betterquality 14-18kg range lifted $5 at $63 to $90/head, all to feeders.
In the only other lift in the market, store Merino wether lambs sold from $82 to $106 for under 17kg to feeders with live exporters providing the bulk of the competition at $85 to $119/head for the 17-20kg range. These were all $5 to $8/head dearer. Poor unfinished very light types sold from $40 to $70 to ease $10/head.
Ram lambs were down in numbers on last week, tops selling from $105 to $126 to the trade and $99 to $107/head to live export to remain firm.
Hoggets sold from to $82 to $117 to the trade to remain firm.
Live export paid from $65 to $103 for unfinished wethers and light stores sold at $55/head.
Mutton ewes met a very much reduced demand from processors, with light boners at $40 to $50, down $10 to $15/head.
Better medium weight score 2 mutton to processors and the trade sold from $60 to $103, the latter with a big fleece down $5 to $10/head.
Heavy ewes only eased $5 aided by solid grazier demand on younger better types, they made from $80 to $134/head with tops having a $20 fleece and being purchased by a restocker.
E & R Seskas, Bakers Hill: nine crossbred lambs (top $148).
IA & DJ Warner, Northam: nine crossbred sucker lambs (top $140.50), 49 Merino ewe mutton (top $125.50), six Merino wethers (top $127).
C Boyle & P Johnson, Piawanning: 10 Suffolk cross suckers (top $139).
Rooblu Grazing, Boddington: 15 Poll Dorset cross suckers (top $140.50), eight crossbred wethers (top $120).
GA Boyle, Quairading: 36 white Suffolk cross suckers (top $136).
TI & AM Vlahov, Chapman Valley: 161 Merino ewe mutton (top $128).
ER Seskas, Bakers Hill: 24 crossbred wethers (top $118.50).
Numbers were up by 550 head in an improved quality yarding of 1721 head that again was dominated by pastoral cattle but had a larger infusion of locals.
Values were generally 20c to 40c/ kg up on most types and very much quality driven.
Yearling steers local were mainly 400kg-plus and sold from 252c to 332c to the trade up by 20c/kg.
Feeders paid from 280c to 343c for lighter weights also up 20c/kg.
There were few pastoral yearling steers and they remained firm at 220c/kg for lightweights.
Yearling heifers local and grain assisted were over 400kg and sold from 190c to 302c to the trade and eased 30c/kg only due to a larger selection of finished yearling steers. Pastoral heifers again the bulk of the yarding rose 30c on lightweights at 70c to 190c and medium weights at 155c to 210c, mainly to feeders, were 25c/kg dearer. Grown steers were plentiful and of good-quality locals grain-assisted sold from 278c to 292c to be 40c/kg dearer.
Pastorals were of better quality than last week and sold from 180c to 264c for those under 700kg, up by 15c/kg.
Bulls again received strong live export competition with lightweights making from 220c to 350c, up 40c/kg. Medium weights sold at 130c to 200c and remained firm with heavies to processors at 140c to 196c, up by 20c/kg.
SW Kirkham, Coolup: 10 Limousin cross steers (516kg, 290c/kg, $1496).
PJD & ML Holmes, Broomehill: five Shorthorn cross heifers (404kg, 302c/Kg, $1220), four Shorthorn cross heifers (346kg, 300c/kg, $1038).
J Lione, Mindarra: seven Angus cross steers (260kg, 304c/Kg, $790), two Angus cross steers (325kg, 285c/kg, $926).
Lanstal Pty Ltd, North Dandalup: 24 Shorthorn cross heifers (319kg, 274c/kg, $874), 23 Shorthorn cross heifers (309kg, 272c/kg, $840), 27 Shorthorn cross heifers (344kg, 70c/kg, $929).