Qual­ity goes up but trade prices go down

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT -

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.

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