Scram­ble for qual­ity store lambs

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT -

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.

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