Mut­ton mar­ket cooler for big num­bers

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT -

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.

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