Muchea Sale report
Improved quality met stronger grazier demand with store lines across all types $3 to $5/head dearer and trade types back a similar amount.
Lightweight crossbred lambs to feeders sold from $50 to $77/head, up by $3 to $5/head. Air freight lambs 15-17kg remained firm, pushed by solid export demand, they sold from $75 to $99/head.
Trade lambs eased $3 to $5/head at $98 to $127/ head, with old season lambs $7 to $8/head back on those prices.
Ram lambs were firm on quality at $90/head to the trade and from $82 to $94/head to exporters.
Hoggets eased $3 to $5/head at $71 to $90/head to the trade.
Store Merino ewe lambs were up by $3 to $5/head on increased demand from restockers.
The best 18kg-plus with close to full fleeces sold from $111 to $129/head, with lightweights from $52 to $78/head.
Wethers remained firm with lightweights to feeders selling from $56 to $85/head. Heavies made from $86 to $118/head, with exporters active between $78 and $120/head.
Numbers were down for a total yarding of 2017 dominated by pastoral steers and bulls.
Lightweight local yearling steers weighing less than 330kg sold from 230c to 278c/kg. Medium weights, 330-400kg, made 230c to 270c/kg, and heavier steers over 400kg sold from 174c to 240c/kg, finishing 30c/kg lower than last week.
Pastoral yearling steers sold from 150c to 274c/ kg, depending on quality. Lightweight local yearling heifers made from 110c to 242c/kg, medium weights made from 210c to 246c/kg, while the heavier heifers sold for 168c to 260c/kg.
Young pastoral heifers were less in demand, selling from 75c to 180c/kg.
Grown steers over 600kg sold between 180c to 220c/kg. Steers 500-600kg made 180c to 252c/kg and the lighter 400-500kg lines returned 175c to 258c/kg.
Grown heifers weighing over 540kg made 188c/ kg. Prime three and four score cows eased 5c/kg to sell from 158c to 181c/kg.
Medium weight cows sold between 154c and 182c/ kg, while store cows sold from 155c to 166c/kg and to as low as 138c/kg for pastoral cows.
A large yarding of pastoral bulls made from 100c to 300c/kg, depending on quality.