Muchea Sale report
Numbers were down for a total yarding of 7163 mixed-quality sheep at Muchea.
All prime lines were keenly sought, with all buyers in operation. The yarding was again dominated by ewes selling to a top of $105/head to restockers for Merino ewes with a three-inch fleece.
A pen of heavy new-season lambs topped the market at $145/ head. Lightweight lambs sold for $68 to $82/head.
Lambs suitable for airfreight made $85 to $118/head, trade weights made $118 to $134/head and heavy lambs sold for $137 to $145/head.
Wether lambs to live export sold for $80 to $98/head. Feeder buyers paid $62 to $78/head for store lambs.
Hoggets sold for $51 to $126/head for the heavyweights.
Young black tag ewes remained firm this week, selling for $49/head for the light ewes and up to $99/ head for heavyweight Dorper ewes.
Mutton gained this week, with medium and trade ewes making $70 to $88/head.
Heavy mutton sold for $70 to $102/head with a one-inch fleece.
Store ewes sold for $38/head for the lightweights and up to $105/ head for a pen with a full fleece.
Wethers to processors made $80 to $124/head.
Restocker and feeder buyers paid $63 to $117/head carrying a three-inch fleece and live export wethers sold for $78 to $122/head.
Ram lambs to live export made $70 to $97/head and processors and feeder buyers paid $55 to $95/head.
Slaughter rams made $28 to $74/ head and a couple of Merino rams in full fleece sold for $93/head to a restocker. Rams to live export sold for $55 to $70/head.
Sheep and lamb highlights
G Audino, Buckland: six Dorper suckers (top $137.50).
DR & JW Walker, Yetna: 12 Dorper suckers (top $134), seven Dorper ewe mutton (top $100.50).
Sac Reinke, Badgingarra: 21 Dorper suckers (top $130).
CR & McCagh & Sons, Woorree: 15 Dorper suckers (top $120).
KJ Hodby, Badgingarra: 61 Merino ewe mutton (top $95.50).
E&R Seskas, Bakers Hill: 12 Merino ewe mutton (top $105), 12 Poll Dorset cross ewe hoggets (top $107.50), 20 Poll Dorset cross wethers (top $115).
PE & MH Barneston, Nabawa: 16 Merino wethers (top $120.50)
There were 1500 cattle penned, up by 150 head, in a predominately pastoral yarding.
Quality was generally down on last week, with the odd exception, and they proved to be the highlights of the sale.
Lightweight local yearling steers under 330kg sold for 214c to 320c/ kg, medium weights 270c to 334c/ kg, with heavy over 400kgs and grain assisted at 270c to 294c/kg, all up by 20c/kg and quality driven.
Pastoral yearling steers, at 190c to 270c/kg, depending on condition, were also 20c/kg dearer.
The best local yearling heifers between 330kg and 400kg sold at 334c/kg to trade and were grain assisted.
The over-400kg yearling heifers made from 192c to 282c/kg, all up 20c/kg. Pastoral yearling heifers were again the dominant numbers in yarding. Lightweights under 280kg sold from 110c to 188c/kg.
Heavier, up to 330kg, made 100c to 142c/kg, remaining firm.
The grown steers were mainly pastoral, with score three steers selling from 190c to 252c/kg, again 20c/kg dearer.
Grown local steers, grain assisted and between 500kg and 600kg live weight, sold from 200c to 252c/ kg to remain firm. Grown local heifers sold from 250c to 268c/kg to be firm, with pastorals at 160c to 230c/kg for the best and feeders paid 120c to 170c/kg for score two types. These remained firm.
Bullocks over 700kg sold from 170c to 210c/kg, up 10c/kg and quality driven.
Lightweight cows to feeders sold from 120c to 166c/kg, medium score two cows at 140c to 174c/kg, all firm, with prime at 172c to 192c/ kg, up by 4c/kg.
Lightweight bulls to live export sold from mainly 230c to 364c/kg, medium weights at 164c to 232c/kg and the best heaviest at 166c to 174c/kg, firm on quality.
Muchea cattle highlights
I&J McKay, Three Springs: seven Poll Hereford grain assisted steers (517kg, 290c/kg, $1499), three Poll Hereford grain assisted heifers (474kg, 282c/kg, $1337).
Super Beyond Pty Ltd, Balladonia: one Droughtmaster cross bull (678kg, 154c/kg, $1044).
Windidda Aboriginal Corp, Wiluna: 19 Shorthorn cross bulls (336kg, 276c/kg, $927), 15 Shorthorn cross bulls (267kg, 324c/kg, $865), four Shorthorn cross bulls (559kg, 166c/kg, $928).
Snell & Taylor, Bullsbrook: six Murray Grey cows (605kg, 190c/kg, $1150).
Warringah Grazing Co, Gingin: nine Angus cows (610kg, 192c/kg, $1171).
Davis River Partnership, Nullagine: seven Brahman cross cows (492kg, 186c/kg, $915), three Shorthorn cross bulls (570kg, 160c/kg, $912).
C Planke, Wooraloo: one Limousin cross bull calf ($795), two Murray Grey bull calves (top $775).
AHB Manning, Bindoon: one Angus steer calf ($500), one Murray Grey heifer calf ($480).