Big leap for best cows caps ris­ing cat­tle trend

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT -

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.

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