White­faces lead the way up

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT - Richard Bai­ley

TAS­MA­NIAN weaner-calf sales con­tin­ued last week with El­ders hold­ing its sec­ond sale at Powranna on Wed­nes­day.

It fea­tured the best line-up of Here­ford calves seen in this state for some time and this, added to the usual drafts of An­gus steers and heifers, made for an ex­cel­lent qual­ity draft of wean­ers.

Some steers met a slightly cheaper mar­ket although most heifer prices im­proved from the re­cent sales.

The best steers made $1040 to $1410 each with most av­er­ages around 310c/kg to 330c/kg, medium weights $840 to $1050 or 330c/kg and light types $680 to $940 or 325c/kg liveweight. The best heifers made $800 to $1200 each or 280c/kg to 300c/kg while light fe­males made $640 to $770 per head or 295c/kg live.

With some good fol­low-up rains through much of the state it is pos­si­ble that the last few weaner sales could cre­ate some strong in­ter­est.

With the Easter break, there were no mar­kets on Mon­day and so smaller num­bers over­all in the east­ern states sa­le­yards.

Lamb mar­kets have held to re­cent rates with most av­er­ag­ing be­tween 600c/kg and 630c/kg car­cass weight, although a few sales of very heavy lambs av­er­aged 580c/kg to 590c/kg.

We are in an in­ter­est­ing sit­u­a­tion as far as lamb sup­ply and prices are con­cerned, with num­bers ap­pear­ing to hold­ing up pretty well and most prices hold­ing firm around 600c/kg.

For­ward con­tracts be­tween 630c/kg and 660c/kg for the win­ter would in­di­cate that pro­ces­sors ex­pect prices to hold up through the late au­tumn and win­ter months.

The very dry con­di­tions through Vic­to­ria and much of NSW mean the qual­ity is suf­fer­ing and of course num­bers are flow­ing into the yards and di­rect to the works. A good fol­low-up rain in Vic­to­ria would change things pretty quickly.

On the other hand, mut­ton prices are con­tin­u­ing on a high with strong com­pe­ti­tion from all ma­jor ex­porters.

The un­usual part is that very heavy sheep are mak­ing as much per kilo as medium and light sheep, which is very un­usual.

At Hamilton in Vic­to­ria on Wed­nes­day there were 11,070 mut­ton penned and heavy cross­bred ewes made $112 to $165, heavy Merino wethers $128 to $158 while medium weight ewes made $75 to $110 each or 420c/kg. There were plenty of wethers quoted at 450c/kg and bet­ter.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see what hap­pens to mut­ton prices over the next three months when the num­bers be­come scarce.

Cat­tle prices in­ter­state are in a hold­ing pat­tern with qual­ity caus­ing prices to be cheaper than pro­duc­ers had been hop­ing. Slaugh­ter num­bers are higher than last year in Vic­to­ria and NSW with the dry said to be the rea­son, although the fire at Thomas Foods plant at Mur­ray Bridge would also be hav­ing an ef­fect on kill num­bers.

As is usu­ally the case, there are some in­ter­est­ing weeks in front of us.

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