Prices drop as butch­ers take their pick

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT -

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.

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