Mt Barker sale report
Numbers were up at last week’s sale at Mt Barker, with a total of 964 mixedquality cattle yarded.
Prices gained on better quality stores, with a growing demand for store and feeder cattle. Heavy cows topped the market at 200¢/kg, with prices easing on the lesser quality cows offered. Good quality weaner steers topped the market at 346¢/kg.
Heavyweight weaner steers sold for 328¢ to 330¢/kg and medium weights (280-330kg) for 330¢ to 344¢/kg, while lighter weights gained 20¢/kg to sell for 312¢ to 346¢/kg to average 332¢/kg. Weaner heifers sold for 220¢ to 308¢/ kg, to average 278¢/kg.
Yearling steers sold for 288¢ to 330¢/ kg, to average 307¢/kg, while yearling heifers sold for 212¢ to 290¢/kg, to average 255¢/kg. Grown steers (600-750kg) sold for 238¢/kg. Steers weighing between 500-600kg sold for 250¢ to 268¢/kg, averaging 259¢/kg, while the lighter grown steers sold for 235¢ to 312¢/kg for the better quality steers.
Grown heifers weighing over 540kg sold for 198¢ to 228¢/kg.