Rates for top cows take a tumble
COW prices went south and there were very few quality yearlings on offer at northern Midlands yards this week.
A larger yarding of 90 trade and export cattle at Killafaddy and Powranna on Tuesday included few good young cattle.
The yearlings topped at 336c/kg but most made from 252c/kg to 290c/kg with very few over 300c/kg liveweight.
There were 49 cows, more than half of the total cattle yarding.
Heavy cows made from 178c/kg to 206c/kg at an average of 194.3c/kg, which is down 30c/kg from last week.
Restockers bought cows for 158c/kg to 184c/kg or from $786 to $950 per head.
There was a smaller number of lambs with more new season’s stock included.
Heavy new lambs made $149 while tradeweights made $121 to $140 and restockers bought the rest for $102 to $125 for trade and $62 to $96 for light and very small lambs.
There were fewer old lambs and heavy and extra heavy pens made $122 to $143 while light trade lambs made $86 to $105 per head.
Mutton numbers increased to almost 400 with most selling for $61 to $90 per head.