Mutton market cooler for big numbers
THERE was a slightly smaller yarding of 680 new season’s lambs at Powranna and Killafaddy on Tuesday with weights down from previous weeks.
Most prices were $2 to $5 per head cheaper with limited competition on some lines. One pen of extra heavy lambs topped at $154 while heavy lambs made $130 to $140, trade $120 to $129 and light export $86 to $90 each. Restockers bought trade lambs for $107 to $115, light $94 to $106 and very light down to $85 each.
There was a much bigger yarding of 2150 mutton with some excellent drafts of ewes and wethers. The market was $2 to $6 per head cheaper but prices were still very good. The highlight was a line of 440 heavy wethers that made $113 each. Heavy ewes made $80 to $108, mediumweight ewes and wethers $73 to $113, light $56 to $95 and very light $47 to $68.
There were 130 trade and export cattle with most of the increase of 20 in export types.
All export cattle eased 8c/kg to 15c/kg. Best yearling steers made from 268c/kg to 300c/kg and heifers 278c/kg to 301c/kg. Restockers and feeders paid 270c/kg to 300c/kg for steers and from 264c/kg to 270c/kg for heifers. Exporters and butchers paid 248c/kg to 258c/kg for grown steers and bullocks and restockers paid 240c/kg to 252c/kg or $1296 to $1411 for grown steers.
Cow prices slipped 10c/kg to 15c/kg. Heavy cows made from 192c/kg to 200c/kg. Restockers paid 182c/kg to 201c/kg for C3 cows and 162c/kg to 190c/kg for medium and lighter cows. Over-fat heavy cows made 182c/kg to 195c/kg.