Slower market for lambs
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.