Scramble for quality store lambs
RESTOCKERS were out in force this week as a much larger yarding of over 3500 new season’s lambs was offered at Killafaddy and Powranna on Tuesday, incorporating Elders’ annual store-lamb sale.
Prime lamb prices eased $5 to $10 per head but restockers basically bought all lambs under 20kg carcass weight.
The few extra heavy pens made $145 to $169 per head, heavy $142 to $160 and trade $141 to $145. Restockers paid $124 to $148 for trade lambs, $116 to $119 for light trade, $96 to $135 for light lines and $78 to $102 for lighter and drierskinned lambs.
The selection of store lambs was very good and the market strong with most going to buyers from the northern Midlands, the North-West Coast and some southern interests.
There were at least 15 pens that made over $140 each to go back to the paddock and more big numbers making between $130 and $140 each.
There was a larger yarding of almost 900 mutton and the market lost most of last week’s gains with heavy ewes making $80 to $96, mediumweight ewes and wethers $87 to $101 and light $74 to $79 each.
There was another small yarding of 60 cattle with half being cows.
Feeders and restockers paid 280c/kg to 284c/kg for yearling steers and 250c/kg to 288c/kg for heifers.
A very good quality pen of heavy bullocks made 250c/kg while heavy export heifers made 234c/kg to 250c/kg with one very heavy heifer making 200c/kg.
There were 31 cows and exporters paid 170c/kg to 192c/kg for heavy cows and restockers bought the rest for 156c/kg to 188c/kg liveweight.