Feed­ers, re­stock­ers snap up year­lings

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT -

THERE were small num­bers of trade and ex­port cat­tle at Kil­lafaddy and Powranna on Tues­day with half be­ing cows.

As with pre­vi­ous weeks, feed­ers and re­stock­ers bought the ma­jor­ity of the year­lings with lo­cal butch­ers pay­ing 250c/kg to 288c/kg for suit­able steers and heifers. Feed­ers and re­stock­ers paid 252c/kg to 303c/kg for steers and 248c/kg to 278c/kg for heifers. Some plain heifers made 210c/kg to 238c/kg liveweight.

The 59 cows penned in­cluded very few top-qual­ity heavy cows. Ex­porters paid 166c/kg to 182c/kg for medium and heavy cows. Re­stock­ers paid 146c/kg to 186c/kg for suit­able cows to run on.

Lamb num­bers were slightly higher but with few heavy and ex­tra heavy types. Ex­tra heavy lambs made $139 to $160, heavy $130 to $146 and trade $120 to $132 each. Feed­ers paid $113 to $132 for trade lambs while re­stock­ers paid $70 to $75 for light lambs.

A larger yard­ing of almost 1200 mut­ton in­cluded some good ewe lines. Light sheep re­cov­ered last week’s losses while medium and heavy ewes met a strong mar­ket. Heavy sheep made $90 to $111 each, medium pens $76 to $108 and light $66 to $108.

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