Quality goes up but trade prices go down
EVEN though the quality of trade cattle in northern Midlands sales was better this week prices declined.
There was another small yarding of 120 trade and export cattle at Killafaddy and Powranna on Tuesday with more yearlings included.
The quality of trade cattle was improved but prices eased 5c/kg to 15c/kg.
The best trade steers were making 282c/kg to 308c/kg and heifers 262c/kg to 308c/kg liveweight.
Feeders and restockers paid 244c/kg to 286c/kg for both steers and heifers.
There were 42 cows yarded and most average prices were 20c/kg to 25c/kg cheaper.
Heavyweight beef-breed cows were making 216c/kg to 240c/kg, mediumweights from 200c/kg to 234c/kg and lean D1 cows 188c/kg liveweight.
There were just over 700 lambs penned with not many heavy lambs included.
The heavyweights met limited competition and ended up $5 to $10 per head cheaper while most others categories met a steady market.
The few extra heavy pens made $130 to $150, heavy $130 to $139, trade $119 to $130 and to 202c/kg light export lambs $80 to 87 each. Restockers bought trade lambs from $99 to $128, light $85 to $115 and very light $78 to $89 per head.
There was a very small yarding of 170 mutton and with only one buyer operating prices were again cheaper.
Heavyweight ewes were making from $50 to $75 per head while mediumweights sold for $50 to $70 each.