Big leap for best cows caps rising cattle trend
MOST cattle prices were showing rising trends at the Northern Midlands saleyards this week.
There was a much larger yarding of 165 trade and export cattle plus a few stores at Powranna and Killafaddy on Tuesday with cows making up 63 per cent of the total.
Most categories showed dearer trends with the few good-quality butcher cattle making 250c/kg to 286c/kg while feeders and restockers paid 250c/kg to 286c/kg for steers and 226c/kg to 270c/kg for yearling heifers.
There were more grown steers on offer this week and the steers made 220c/kg to 248c/kg and heavy bullocks 190c/kg to 250c/kg to top at $1888 per head.
There was a much bigger yarding of 105 cows with some excellent drafts of heavy beef types included.
Average prices for heavy cows were up 20c/kg to 25c/kg from last week with these types making 170c/kg to 208c/kg at an average of 199c/kg.
Restockers paid 116c/kg to 162c/kg for light and medium weight cows and 158c/kg to 182c/kg for heavy cows.
There were much larger numbers of both lambs and mutton at this week’s sales with over 1800 lambs and 1600 mutton yarded.
There were more store lambs included with small numbers of heavyweight types.
Two extra store buyers bought lambs in the 18kg to 21kg weight range, which put a strong floor in the trade-lamb market.
Most prices were firm with extra heavy lambs making $131 to $150 per head, heavy $133 to $145, trade $120 to $130 and light trade $94 to $111 each.
Exporters paid $70 to $80 for light lambs while restockers paid $116 to $130 for trade pens, $94 to $121 for light trade and $70 to $104 for light lambs.
There was not as much weight in the mutton yarding but most prices were fully firm.
Heavy ewes were making from $99 to $116 a head, mediumweight ewes and wethers $90 to $121, light sheep $63 to $94 and very light pens $50 to $80 each, depending on skin value.
Restockers paid $28 to $51 each for light ewes.