Butch­ers bat­tle com­pe­ti­tion for qual­ity

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT -

TH pro­por­tion of cows hit the low­est level in months in a slightly larger yard­ing of 158 trade and ex­port cat­tle at Powranna and Kil­lafaddy. Of Tues­day’s to­tal 38 per cent was cows.

Sim­i­lar to re­cent weeks the trade cat­tle mar­ket has been dom­i­nated by feed­ers and re­stock­ers which in turn puts pres­sure on the lo­cal butch­ers to se­cure the best qual­ity.

The best year­lings sold to butch­ers made 310c/kg to 338c/kg while the sec­ond run made 294c to 310c/kg. Feed­ers and re­stock­ers bought steers for 298c/kg to 332c/kg and heifers for 310c/kg to 335c/kg liveweight.

There were 59 cows and most met a sim­i­lar mar­ket with medium and heavy beef cows mak­ing 210c/kg to 224c/kg while re­stock­ers paid 170c/kg to 220c/kg for suit­able cows to turn out.

There was a much big­ger yard­ing of just over 750 new sea­son’s lambs with qual­ity again ex­cel­lent. While ex­tra heavy lambs were $4 a head cheaper, most prices were sim­i­lar to last sale with pro­ces­sors and re­stock­ers ac­tive.

Ex­tra heavy pens made $123 to $130, heavy $119 to $133 and trade $120 to $124 per head. Ex­porters bought light lambs for $101 to $103 and re­stock­ers bought heavy and heavy trade lambs for $114 to $121 and light trade for $106 to $118 ahead.

There was a much bet­ter run of mut­ton with a cou­ple of big lines of Merino wethers. Last week’s loss was re­gained with heavy ewes and wethers mak­ing $92 to $98 and medium weights $70 to $90 a head depend­ing on skin value.

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