Butchers battle competition for quality
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.