Mt Barker sale report
Numbers were down at Mt Barker saleyards last week, with 1613 mainly prime cattle yarded.
It was a unique sale in that predominately prime cattle were offered, with fewer store lines than usual. A quality yarding of Angus weaner steers sold to a top price of 348¢/kg, while heifers sold to a top price of 316¢/kg.
A large yarding of cows resulted in this category selling for a top of 208¢/kg.
Heavyweight weaner steers sold for 318¢ to 328¢/kg and medium weights (280-330kg) sold for 310¢ to 330¢/kg, while lighter weights sold for 278¢ to 348¢/kg, to average 317¢/ kg. Weaner heifers sold for 220¢ to 316¢/kg, to average 270¢/kg.
Yearling steers sold for 280¢ to 320¢/kg, to average 305¢/kg, while yearling heifers gained 8¢/kg in price, selling for 200¢ to 290¢/kg, depending on quality, to average 271¢/kg. Grown steers (600-750kg) sold for 236¢ to 264¢/kg, to average 252¢/kg, and the lighter steers (500600kg) sold for 246¢ to 262¢/kg.
Grown heifers (over 540kg) sold for 200¢ to 238¢/kg, to average 223¢/ kg, while heavy prime cows sold for 165¢ to 208¢/kg, to average 194¢/kg.
Low-yielding medium and lightweight cows with calves recently weaned sold for 150¢ to 160¢/kg.