Muchea sale report
Muchea Livestock Centre recorded a total yarding of 8850 sheep and lambs this week, with numbers up by 800 head compared to the previous sale.
There was strong feeder and restocker enquiry on light young Merino store ewe lambs, and hoggets drove values up $5 to $10/head on those types. That demand spilled over into airfreight types, which also gained $5/head in price, with trade and heavy lamb prices remaining firm.
Stronger enquiry from processors on mutton produced increased values of generally $5 to $6/head for ewes and the better wethers and $10/head for rams.
In the lamb section, graziers paid $47 to $64/head for very light stores, with medium weights from $80 to $95/head.
Airfreight types sold to the trade for $92 to $110/head, up $5/head. Trade types sold for $105 to $140/head and heavies for $137 to $142/head.
Ram lambs sold for between $60/ head, paid for lightweights, and $145/ head, paid for extra heavy types.
The best hoggets sold for $86 to $120/head to the trade, a rise of $10/ head, while restockers paid $86 to $118/ head for ewe hoggets.
Very light store Merino young ewes to restockers sold for $72 to $80/head, up $10/head, and medium weights sold for $70 to $116/head.
Lightweight young wethers sold to graziers for $47 to $100/head.
The mutton market rose $5/head, with boner ewes selling for $80 to $95/ head.
Restockers paid $64 to $126/head for light younger types, a rise in price of $10/ head.
Trade ewes sold for $88 to $106/ head, with heavyweights making from $98 to $130/head, all up $5/head.
Prime wethers sold for $130 to $140/ head to processors and for $114 to $151/ head to feeders, the top-priced having a near full fleece.
Rams sold for mainly $40 to $105/ head to processors.
HR & KD Foulkes-Taylor, Allanooka: 29 Dorper-cross sucker lambs (top $145); JH & HF Stone, Quairading: 64 cross-bred sucker lambs (top $137); MS Kay, Bindoon: 26 cross-bred sucker lambs (top $140); IM & JC Clarke, Goomalling: 13 cross-bred lambs (top $137); SM Criddle, Walkaway: 32 Merino ewe mutton (top $120.50); GC & CM Smart, Cunderdin: 43 Merino ewe mutton (top $128); seven Merino wethers (top $145); MV & DM O’Driscoll, Grass Valley: 27 cross-bred ewe mutton (top $120); T & A Blayney, Mullewa: 39 Merino ewe hoggets (top $121); RR & BJ McNee & Co, Cunderdin: six Merinocross ewe hoggets (top $127); IM & KR Siegert, Meckering: four Merino wethers (top $135.50).
A total of 2100 live-weight cattle were penned this week at Muchea Livestock Centre, a rise of nearly 600 head on the previous sale.
The quality of the yarding was average, with price increases of 15¢ to 30¢/kg on pastoral vealer cattle, driven by strong feeder demand.
Cows gained 5¢/kg in price, while prices for yearlings, grown steers and heifers remained firm. The bull market was oversupplied, which was reflected in the prices.
Younger live-export types eased in price from 30¢ to 50¢/kg and demand eased on heavyweights, which were bought by processors for 10¢/kg less than in the previous sale.
In the local section of the yarding, vealer steers sold for 290¢ to 350¢/kg and vealer heifers for 160¢ to 280¢/kg.
Grain-assisted yearling steers sold for 280¢ to 320¢/kg, with prices equal to the previous week, and there was strong live export demand for grass-fed types, which sold for 200¢ to 270¢/kg.
Yearling heifers, the top end being grain-assisted, sold for 262¢ to 284¢/kg to the trade and for 150¢ to 254¢/kg to feeders.
Grown steers (500-600kg) sold for 214¢ to 260¢/kg to live export and the better quality heavier steers sold for 200¢ to 236¢/kg to manufacturers.
Grown heifers remained firm in price, selling for 160¢ to 220¢/kg on a light selection.
Very lightweight cows, including pastorals,mainly sold for 100¢ to 162¢/kg to feeders to be firm.
The score 2 medium weights sold for 175¢ to 190¢/kg, up 5¢/kg, with the prime lines making from 190¢ to 228¢/kg, also up 5¢/kg.
Lightweight bulls, including pastorals, sold to live export sold for 200¢ to 328¢/ kg, easing 50¢/kg.
Medium weights sold to live export for 196¢ to 266¢/kg, easing 30¢/kg, with heavy weights selling to processors for 188¢ to 204¢/kg, to be 10¢/kg cheaper.
In the pastoral section, vealer steers sold for 100¢ to 260¢/kg, up 20¢/kg on a better selection and stronger demand.
Vealer heifers gained 30¢/kg in price, making from 100¢ to 200¢/kg, driven by quality.
Yearling steers sold to live export for 200¢ to 270¢/kg, to remain firm, with graziers paying from 160¢ to 240¢/kg.
Lightweight yearling heifers sold for 80¢ to 162¢/kg, remaining firm, with medium weights also firm, selling for 170¢ to 240¢/kg.
Cunyu Pastoral Co, Dongara: three Hereford steers (472kg, 280¢/kg, $1322); two Hereford steers (657kg, 248¢/kg, $1629); Cardoo Holdings, Pannawonica: one Brahman-cross steer (640kg, 240¢/kg, $1536); Atwell Pty Ltd, Mardella: three Murray Grey steers (520kg, 290¢/kg, $1508); CC Wheatley, Enneabba: seven Angus cows (548kg, 214¢/kg, $1173); LJ & BM Hasleby, Northampton: two Santa Gertrudis cows (617kg, 204¢/kg, $1259); three Santa Gertrudis cows (548kg, 220¢/kg, $1206); one Santa Gertrudis bull (1122kg, 196¢/kg, $2199); C Atwell & Co, Serpentine: four Angus cows (764kg, 210¢/kg, $1604); PE Nolan, Gingin: four Murray Grey steers (370kg, 322¢/kg, $1191).
Booladgi Pastoral Co, Westonia: eight Angus bull calves (top $600); one Murray Grey bull calf (top $515); one Angus heifer calf (top $475); Pardoo Beef, Wundowie: seven Limousin heifer calves (top $520); three Limousin heifer calves (top $500).