Muchea Sale report
The yarding of 14,773 head was 4000 down on the last week’s sale.
The sale was generally firm with the most notable change to store lambs, which eased $10/head, but this is not unusual in February.
Airfreight lambs eased $6/head due to reduced live export demand and trade lambs eased $3/head on reduced quality.
The highlight of the sale was a pen of heavy prime South African Merino mutton lambs from Coomberdale estimated at 27kg cwt that sold from $165/head.
Light crossbred lambs to feeders sold from $40 to $61/head, firm for very light lambs, and $92 to $115/ head for heavyweight lambs, back $10/head.
Airfreight lambs made from $67 to $106/head, down $6/head.
Trade lambs made from $100 to $146/head, easing $3/head, and heavy lambs sold from $132 to $165/ head to be firm.
Very light store Merino wether lambs to feeders sold from $36 to $72/head. Light lambs made from $66 to $121/head and mediums sold from $98 to live export, all down $10/head. Light store Merino ewe lambs to feeders made from $65 to $74/head, down $10/head.
Hoggets made from $100 to $115/ head, up $5/head on a better selection. The few ram lambs sold to graziers at $77/head for a pen of lightweights.
In the yarding of mutton, light ewe boners made from $60 to $116/ head to processors, the top ewes with a $15 fleece.
Medium weight score two ewes to processors and restockers made from $82 to $116/head to be firm, heavyweights sold from $106 to $138/head firm and the tops had a 75mm fleece.
The best heavy wethers made from $91 to $144/head firm, again the tops with a 75mm fleece.
Rams sold from $40 to $82/head to processors.
M & M Andrijich, Toodyay: 10 crossbred lambs (top $140).
RA & T Chitty, Toodyay: 47 crossbred lambs (top $139.50).
CK Mcpherson, Koojan: crossbred lambs (top $139).
Avon Fenzing, York: 76 crossbred lambs (top $139).
TE & AE Harris, Cunderdin: 89 Merino ewes (top $129.50).
LK & LG Beurteaux, Bruce Rock: 67 Merino woolly ewes (top $138.50).
GJ Watters, Gidgegannup: 17 Merino ewes (top $129).
There were 1781 yarded, up 130 head on much improved quality.
Prices for heavy females and prime bulls were 10c to 20c/kg dearer. An improvement in quality of the younger cattle saw vealer heifers 10c/kg dearer.
Both local and pastoral yearling heifers were 30c/kg dearer and yearling steers were up 20c/kg.
Lightweight bulls to live export were down 50c/kg as the market coincided with the finish of the loading of ships.
Pastoral grown heifers were down 10c/kg on quality.
Vealer steers sold from 222c to 344c/kg to average 313c/kg firm.
Vealer heifers were mainly lighter types and sold from 180c to 310c/kg to average 271c and be 10c/ kg dearer.
Local yearling steers made from 250c to 306c/kg to average 295c/kg, up 20c/kg. Pastoral steers under 330kg made from 192c to 250c/kg to be firm.
Local yearling heifers over 330kg sold from 230c to 288c/kg to average 265c/kg, up 30c/kg.
Pastoral heifers under 330kg made from 170c to 200c/kg to average 185c/kg, up 30c/kg.
Locally grown steers made from 254c to 298c/kg to be firm.
Bullocks made from 228c to 248c/ kg, also firm. Pastoral steers made from 188c to 222c/kg, down 10c/kg due to quality.
Locally grown heifers sold from 238c to 272c/kg, up 10c/kg. Pastoral heifers sold from 188c to 222c/kg, down 10c/kg and quality driven.
Lightweight cows to feeders sold from 114c to 206c/kg, up 10c/kg.
Medium weight score two cows made from 188c to 220c/kg, up 15c/ kg. Prime cows made from 220c to 238c/kg, up 20c/kg.
Lightweight bulls to live export sold from 220c to 362c/kg, down 50c/kg. Medium weights to same made from 240c to 252c/kg to be firm. Heavy prime bulls made from 238c to 250c/kg, up 10c/kg.
M & G Hyne, Gingin: 1 Hereford cross steer (732kg, 260c/kg, $1903).
Dow Stud, Middle Swan: 6 Angus grain-assisted steers (498kg, 298c/ kg, $1484).
Coolawanyah Pastoral Co, Bindoon: 7 Droughtmaster steers (595kg, 272c/kg, $1618).
Kimely Pty Ltd, Eneabba: 10 Droughtmaster steers (401kg, 270c/kg, $1083), 4 Droughtmaster cross steers (380kg, 300c/kg, $1140).
Balfour Downs Pastoral Co, Badgingarra: 13 Brahman cross heifers (381kg, 222c/kg, $846).
WM & CE Cowcher, Williams: 15 Murray Grey steers (312k, 318c/kg, $992).
Cowla Pastoral Co, Badgingarra: 1 Murray Grey bull calf (top $655), 3 Murray Grey heifer calves (top $400).
IL Marshall, Lower Chittering: 10 Murray Grey bull calves (top $515).
Salamar Pty Ltd, Quairading: 1 Murray Grey bull calf (top $600).
Technidraw Pty Ltd, Gingin: 4 Angus bull calves (top $420).
Towerbank, Gidgegannup: 2 Murray Grey bull calves (top $705).