Muchea Sale report
Numbers yarded were down by 6000, with 13,000 head penned, and 80 per cent was mutton.
Grazier demand eased as harvesting takes priority and falls of $5 to $10/head were evident on light young Merino ewe lambs and also best prime heavy Merino ewes.
Trade lambs eased $3/head on a very light penning with all other types fully firm week on week.
The crossbred lambs to feeders sold from $40 to $88/head to be firm.
Air freight lambs 15-17kg to the trade made up the bulk of the lamb s and were firm at $65 to $86/head.
Trade lambs also eased $3/head, at $95 to $110/head. Heavy lambs sold from $115 to $130/head, also firm.
Hoggets sold at $85 to $98/head, firm. Ram lambs sold from $56 to $80/ head to the trade.
Lightweight store Merino lambs suffered slightly from reduced competition. The very light ewe lambs sold from $20 to $63/head, down $5 to $10/head, medium weights made from $72 to $100/head to the trade and remained firm.
The wether portion remained firm on minimal live export demand with lightweights to feeders selling from $49 to $79/head. Medium weights sold at $95 to $110/head.
The mutton market eased by up to $10/head on light ewes sold to feeders at $32 to $56/head. Medium weight score two sold at $65 to $91/head, tops with a 75mm fleece.
Heavy ewes sold from $82 to $90/ head to processors, down $5/head, and graziers paid $81 to $113/head for better, younger well-finished ewes.
Quality eased in a yarding of 1923 cattle, down 100 head week on week.
The penning was again of mainly pastoral cattle, predominantly from the Goldfields and Murchison.
The yarding was comprised mainly of yearling bulls and yearling heifers.
Values across most store pastoral lightweight yearling types remained firm, but trade and manufacturing demand on local cattle eased.
Local yearling steers to the trade sold from 250c to 310c/kg to be firm.
Feeders paid from 250c to 334c/kg, down 30c/kg on quality.
The better pastoral yearling steers were purchased mainly by feeders from 178c to 290c/kg, up 20c/kg.
Local yearling heifers sold to the trade from 202c to 282c/kg, firm for better heavyweights and feeders purchased lighter weights between 263c and 286c/kg. Very plain lightweights sold firm from 66c to 180c/kg.
The 280-330kg weights sold firm between 96c and 192c/kg, with heavyweights firm from 150c to 220c/kg.
Local grown steers over 500kg sold from 200c to 264c/kg, down 30c/kg.
The best pastoral types made between 210c and 258c/kg. Grown heifers over 500kg were all local and made 158c to 238c/kg, down 20c/kg.
The cow market eased due to lower demand. Lightweight cows to feed made between 70c and 152c/kg, down 10c/kg.
Medium weight score two cows to processors made between 138c and 170c/kg, down 10c/kg.
Lightweight bulls to live export sold from 160c to 290c/kg, down 20c/kg on a poorer selection.