Slower mar­ket for lambs

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT -

LAMB qual­ity was good but com­pe­ti­tion was lim­ited as smaller yard­ing was of­fered at Powranna and Kil­lafaddy on Tues­day.

The yard­ing in­cluded a lower per­cent­age of new lambs and a bet­ter se­lec­tion of old sea­son’s stock. The qual­ity of new sea­sons lambs was very good but com­pe­ti­tion was re­stricted to one ex­porter, a few lo­cal butch­ers and one feed­lot.

Heavy pens made $158 to $179 each while feed­ers paid $146 to $149 for tradeweights. Heavy old lambs made $148 to $152, trade $116 to $131, light trade $106 to $115 and light ex­port lambs, mainly Meri­nos, $60 to $80 per head.

There were al­most 500 mut­ton with some big lines of heavy cross­bred ewes. Heavy ewes made $93 to $113 while medi­umweight bare-shorn wethers made $79 to $85 and lighter $50 to $73 a head.

An­other very small yard­ing of 51 cat­tle was of mixed qual­ity and not enough for re­li­able quotes in most cat­e­gories.

The few qual­ity butcher year­lings made 230c/kg to 280c/kg. Feed­ers and re­stock­ers bought steers for 198c/kg to 250c/kg and heifers for 230c/kg to 238c/kg live. There were 20 cows and the best heavy pens made 173c/kg to 186c/kg while re­stock­ers bought the rest for 140c/kg to 180c/kg live.

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