Muchea Sale report
Muchea recorded a total yarding of 18,934 head this week, a rise of about 4000 head on the previous sale.
Strong demand for store lines continued, particularly on female lines. Interstate competition from feeders was not present on crossbred lambs this week, with these types recording prices down by $2 to $5/head.
Heavy lamb prices were back by $10/head, with virtually no demand from processors. Trade and airfreight lamb prices eased $5/head, with direct-to-works sales reportedly filling the trade’s needs.
Crossbred lambs sold to feeders for $40 to $85/head, down $2/head. Air freight lambs (15-17kg) sold to trade for $70 to $85/head, comprising the bulk of the lamb offering.
Trade lamb prices eased $5/head, with these types selling for $95 to $133/head.
Heavy lambs sold for $115 to $120/head, with prices easing $10/ head.
Hogget prices eased by $3/head to sell for $88 to $99/head.
Ram lambs sold for $40 to $58/ head and to the trade for $53 to $76/ head, with prices firm on the quality presented.
Lightweight store Merino prices held firm, as graziers with grass to spare competed strongly for numbers.
Very light ewe lambs sold for $32 to $67/head, while medium weights sold to the trade for $71 to $105/head.
The wether portion remained firm on prices as a result of minimal live export demand, with light- weights selling to feeders for $37 to $75/head. Medium weights sold for $90 to $117/head.
The mutton market eased by $2 to $4/head, but strong restocker demand contained the fall.
Light ewes sold to feeders for $40 to $59/head and medium-weight score two ewes sold for $70 to $105/ head, with those with a 75mm fleece achieving the top price.
Heavy ewes sold for $80 to $105/ head, purchased by processors, while graziers paid $85 to $116/ head for better, younger wellfinished ewes.
The wethers were firm with exporters paying $95 to $109/head, with those with a 50mm fleece making the top price.
Rams suitable for live export sold for $60 to $75/head, with prices firm on last week, while processors paid $51 to $60/head.
Sheep and lamb highlights
CJ Stokes & Son, Mt Erin: 47 crossbred lambs (top $115.50).
K & P Haesuler, Wannamal: 47 Suffolk-cross suckers (top $124.50).
Vince Caccamo, Bullsbrook: 21 crossbred lambs (top $120); and 27 crossbred wethers (top $117).
IJ & AR Mcrae, Northern Gully: Four SAMM wether lambs (top $109).
D & M Hood & Sons, Ballidu: 90 Merino ewe mutton (top $95).
Agnire Farming Co, Yuna: 83 Merino ewe mutton (top $95).
Cranmore Farming, Noora: 58 Merino ewe mutton (top $93).
D & M Hood & Sons, Ballidu: 65 Merino ewe hoggets (top $105).
Terossa Farm, Merredin: 44 SAMM wethers (top $117).
Muchea recorded a quality yarding of about 2100 cattle this week, most of which were pastoral cattle.
Values across most store pastoral lightweight yearling types lifted by 20c to 30c/kg, as graziers evaluated better feed stocks and endeavoured to replenish herds.
The local yearling content improved considerably in quality and values were generally 20c to 60c/kg better on these types. Locally grown steer prices rose 5c/kg.
Grown pastoral heifer prices were 10c/kg dearer on a better selection.
Cow prices were firm to 50c/kg dearer, while light and mediumweight bull prices rose 30c/kg and prime heavies by 8c/kg.
Local yearling steers sold to the trade for 300c to 338c/kg, up 20c/ kg, while feeders paid 270c to 388c/ kg, up 60c/kg.
The better pastoral yearling steers were bought mainly by feeders for 178c to 290c/kg, up 20c/kg.
Local yearling heifers sold to the trade for 286c to 330c/kg for the better heavies, up 50c/kg, and feeders purchased lighter weights at 260c to 288c/kg, a rise of 20c/kg.
Very plain lightweights sold for 70c to 130c/kg, with prices remaining firm. Those in the 280-330kg category sold for 142c to 198c/kg, up 30c/kg, and heavier types for 154c to 198c/kg.
Locally grown steers over 500kg sold for 222c to 275c/kg and the best pastoral types in this weight category sold for 210c to 238c/kg.
Locally grown heifers over 500kg sold for 216c to 248c/kg, while a supply of mainly lightweight older pastoral heifers sold for 190c to 194c/kg.
The cow market improved on lightweights to feed at mainly 148c to 162c/kg, up 50c/kg, again on increased demand.
Medium weight score twos sold to processors for 170c to 182c/kg, while prices for heavyweights rose 10c/kg to sell for 184c to 218c/kg.
Lightweight bulls sold for 180c to 340c/kg, up 30c/kg, medium weights for 180c to 246c/kg and heavyweights for 172c to 198c/kg.
WG & MJ Fletcher, Mooliabeenie: three Murray Grey bull calves (top $630).
Moore River Beef Pty Ltd, via Moonyoonooka: six Shorthorn bull calves (top $460).
Melrose Enterprises, via Moonyoonooka: three Shorthorn-cross heifer calves (top $235).
JI Money & Co, North Dandalup: 10 Angus steers (546kg, 270c/kg, $1474); and 10 Murray Grey steers (505kg, 275c/kg, $1389).
Coolawanyah Pastoral Co, Tom Price: four Santa Gertrudis steers (537kg, 230c/kg, $1235); six Santa Gertrudis steers (480kg, 246c/kg, $1181); and eight Santa Gertrudis cows (520kg, 218c/kg, $1134).
Mt Clere Station, Gascoyne: eight Droughtmaster steers (496kg, 232c/kg, $1151).
Gingin Pastoral Co, Gingin: 11 Angus heifers (563kg, 248c/kg, $1396).
Linsmau Stud, Bullsbrook: 12 Limousin-cross steer vealers (312kg, 338c/kg, $1055).