Muchea Sale report
The yarding of 17,000 head was 4000 head down on last week and lamb quality eased dramatically.
This forced stronger competition for prime stock and increased prices on trade lambs by $4/head.
Generally, the rest of the yarding was firm, apart from light store Merino ewes and wethers, which eased $5/head with not as many graziers present and the best heavy wethers to live export increased $5/head.
Light crossbred lambs to feeders sold from $39 to $80/head, heavyweights from $80 to $136/head and airfreight lambs made $70 to $107/ head, all holding firm.
Very light store Merino ewe lambs to feeders made $40 to $75/ head and medium weights made $76 to $113, down $5/head.
Very light store Merino wether lambs to feeders made $20 to $58/ head, down $5/head. Medium weights sold from $65 to $119/head, down $5/head, and heavier weights made $125 to $138/head to be firm.
Trade lambs made $120 to $149/ head, up $4/head, to average 630c/ kg.
Ram lambs to feeders sold from $65 to $82/head and to the trade at $96/head. Heavy lambs made $146 to $155/head to hold firm.
Heavyweights made $116 to $127/ head to remain firm.
Hoggets remained firm at $90 to $108/head.
In the yarding of mutton, light ewes to feeders sold from $20 to $58/head to hold firm.
Medium weight score two ewes to processors and restockers were firm at $87 to $105/head with heavy weights from $100 to $130/head, also firm at an average of 430c/kg.
The best heavy wethers made $110 to $134/head to export and were $5/head dearer with the top having a 100mm fleece.
Rams sold from $40 to $75/head to processors to hold firm.
C Boyle & P Johnson, Piawanning: 22 Dorper lambs (top $155.50).
Buttco Fencing & Gates, Kellerberrin: 37 Suffolk cross lambs (top $145.50)
Yeringa Park Est, Trayning: 33 crossbred lambs (top $145).
IA & DJ Warner, Northam: 10 Merino ewe mutton (top $120).
Numbers were down by 1000 head, with 2054 head yarded. Prices were generally firm with the exception of local yearling heifers, down 30c/kg, and pastoral grown steers, down 20c/kg. Prime cows eased 5c/kg on weaker demand.
Those that finished higher were prime bulls, up 10c/kg, while local grown heifers were up 20c/kg on quality.
Vealer steers sold from 250c to 346c/kg, to average 309c/kg firm, while vealer heifers sold from 200c to 300c/kg, firm.
Local yearling steers made 232c to 298c/kg and pastoral cattle made from 200c to 246c/kg, to be firm.
Local yearling heifers over 330kg sold from 180c to 266c/kg, down 30c/kg, quality driven.
Pastoral yearling heifers under 330kg sold mainly to feeders from 90c to 200c/kg to be firm, while those over 330kg made 160c to 230c/ kg, also holding firm.
Local grown steers made 200c to 268c/kg to hold firm.
Pastoral grown steers made 175c to 188c/kg and were 20c/kg easier on a poorer selection.
Local grown heifers made 230c to 270c/kg, up 20c/kg on quality.
Pastoral types made 194c/kg and were 5c/kg dearer on quality.
Lightweight cows to feeders sold from 92c to 168c/kg to be firm.
Medium weight score two cows made 150c to 190c/kg to be firm, and prime cows were down 5c/kg to make 180c to 196c/kg.
Lightweight bulls to live export sold from 280c to 332c/kg.
Medium weights to live export made from 150c to 190c/kg, firm and prime bulls made 198c to 222c/kg, up 10c/kg on increased demand.
Perth Central Holdings, Gingin: 5 Angus steers (415kg, 274c/kg, $1137), 5 Angus heifers (394kg, 280c/kg, $1103).
MT Clere Station, Upper Gascoyne: 10 Brahman bulls (343kg, 274c/kg, $940).
GB & G Nicoletti, Westonia: 11 Charolais cross steers (367kg, 300c/kg, $1101), 8 Angus steers (295kg, 308c/kg, $909).
Larussa Assets, Gingin: 9 Murray Grey cows (557kg, 192c/kg, $1069).