Prices drop as butchers take their pick
FOLLOWING the long weekend the yardings were smaller in the northern Midlands saleyards.
In total 86 trade and export cattle plus a row of stores were offered at Killafaddy and Powranna on Tuesday.
There were fewer export cattle while butchers had a good selection of trade cattle and price averages were 10c/kg to 15c/kg cheaper.
Yearling steers were selling for 270c/kg to 304c/kg while heifers were making 278c/kg to 310c/kg liveweight.
Feeders and restockers paid 268c/kg to 298c/kg for steers and 240c/kg to 306c/kg for heifers.
There were 12 grown steers and bullocks with heavy bullocks selling for 250c/kg to 260c/kg.
There was a much smaller yarding of 26 cows and most averages were down 4c/kg to 8c/kg with heavy beef cows making 216c/kg to 226c/kg at an average of 219.4c/kg while restockers bought the rest for 192c/kg to 210c/kg or $904 to $1050 each.
There was a good selection of 300 new season’s lambs and all sold to strong competition with extra heavy pens making $138 to $164, heavy $135 to $153 and trade $129 to $134per head. Restockers and feeders bought trade pens for $120 to $130 and lighter for $109 to $113 each.
The old lamb yarding was very mixed with heavy pens making $126 to $133 and trade $90 to $120per head.
There was a much smaller penning of 500 mutton and heavy ewes made $85 to $95, medium weights $75 to $110 and light types $60 to $75 each.