Muchea sale report
There were 58,972 sheep and lambs penned on Tuesday, down 3000 head, making it the smallest yarding for a prime sale in October for six years, with vendors cautious after weaker prices earlier this month.
Once again competition from processors was limited as direct to the works sales remain dominant.
Quality remained similar in most instances but there was a reduced number of prime lambs.
One live exporter was back in the market and was active on wether lambs weighing 15-20kg.
This helped lift values by $2 to $3/head on the airfreight and trade type lambs.
The feeders and restockers were not as active and values decreased by $4 to $20 on medium store type lambs, apart from the very light Merino ewe lambs, which gained $10/head.
The mutton market eased further on limited competition from processors, decreasing from $2 to $10 across the sale but tended to remain firm in later sales.
In the lamb section light new-seasons sold from $50 to $81 to feeders, down $4/head.
Airfreight types made from $65 to $100 gaining $3/head on the back of live export competition.
The trade also saw prices improve by $2 to make from $98 to $140/head, which came in later sales.
The old season’s lambs sold $10 to $15/head easier than the new season’s lamb values.
Ram lambs mainly sold from $87 to $90, with the trade easing $10/head due to quality.
The best hoggets sold to the trade for $101 to remain firm, with feeders paying from $55 to $70/head for light weights which also sold firm.
Very light young store Merino ewes were keenly sought by restockers, making from $60 to $80 up $10, however the medium weights decreased $20 making from $56 to $82/head, again due to quality factors.
The light weight young wethers to graziers sold from $60 to $123, with live export paying from $72 to $94/head to keep values firm.
Once again, the mutton market was the most affected by the reduced demand from processors.
The best boners sold from $53 to $75, down $2/head. Trade ewes made from $75 to $90, easing $5, with prime heavy weights making from $93 to $113 also decreasing $10/head. Prime wethers with a 150mm skin, sold from $92 to $119, easing $10/head.
Live export paid from $75 to $100/head for younger types, remaining firm.
Rams sold to processors predominantly from $60 to $80 to remain firm, with live export paying from $60 to $101/head for better younger types.
Numbers decreased by nearly 200 for a total yarding of 1070 head of live weight cattle.
There was a relatively equal mix of local and pastoral cattle in a much improved quality yarding.
Values for grown steers and heifers, as well as light and medium weight bulls gained 10¢ to 15¢/kg.
Prime heavy cows were 5¢ dearer, with the largest increase of the day being 30¢/kg for pastoral vealer and yearling heifers, which was largely quality driven.
In the local section of the yarding graziers were the main purchasers of the vealers.
The vealer steers sold from 230¢ to 322¢/kg, remaining firm on the solid prices obtained last week.
Additionally the vealer heifers sold firm making from 130¢ to 284¢/kg.
The best of the yearling steers sold from 242¢ to 314¢ to remain firm, while the better yearling heifers made from 190c to 296c/kg to also remain firm.
A much better selection of grown steers sold from 236¢ to 296¢, up 10¢, while grown heifers sold from 184c to 274c, increasing 15c/kg.
Lightweight cows, including pastorals, sold mainly from 80¢ to 162¢, easing 10¢/kg due to reduced grazier demand.
The 2 score medium weights sold from 172¢ to 190¢ to remain firm, with the prime lines making from 194¢ to 228¢, up 5¢/kg in line with the much improved selection.
Lightweight bulls, including pastorals, to live export sold from 262¢ to 310¢/kg.
Medium weights to live export and processors sold 15¢ dearer making from 196¢ to 244¢, with heavy weights to processors making from 190¢ to 208¢, easing 10¢/kg on a larger selection
In the pastoral section vealer heifers weighing less than 330kg sold from 88¢ to 180c, up 30¢/kg.
Vealer steers sold from 230¢ to 284¢/kg to remain firm. Additionally, yearling steers sold firm making from 200¢ to 276¢/kg.
Medium weight yearling heifers sold 30¢ dearer, driven by quality factors, making from 210¢ to 228¢/kg.
Bullock Hills Pastoral, Woodanilling: Seven Simmental heifers (509kg, 270¢/kg, $1374); two Simmental bulls (577kg, 242¢/kg, $1396); one Simmental bull (676kg, 244¢/kg, $1649).
FA Grigson & Son, Badgingarra: Six Hereford steers (740kg, 240¢/kg, $1776); six Hereford steers (676kg, 244¢/kg, $1649).
GC Barlow, Lower Chittering: One Angus steer (522kg, 244¢/kg, $1274).
LG & AE Forbes, Narratarra: Four Angus steers (433kg, 282¢/kg, $1221).
Linsmau Stud, Bullsbrook: One Shorthorn cow (728kg, 206¢/kg, $1500).
JL & JC Pumpa, Yalgoo: Seven Droughtmaster cows (553kg, 228¢/kg, $1261).
RP & RM Davies, Gayscoyne Junction: One Brahman-cross bull (572kg, 228¢/kg, $1304).
HPPL Pastoral Co, Chittering: Eight Murray Grey steers (top $695); four Murray Grey heifers (top $550); seven Murray Grey heifers (top $560).