Around the markets

MOUNT GAMBIER CATTLE – MAY 26

Numbers lifted this week as agents yarded 615 head of live weight and open auction cattle. These sold to a smaller field of trade and processor buyers along with feeder orders who continue to be strong when seeking supply.

Quality fell this week with less weight and condition over the offering with some mixed results in price. A small offering of yearling steers was presented with feeders taking most of these from 388c to 518c with only a solitary steer going to the trade at 490c/ kg.

Yearling heifers to the trade ranged from 405c to 420c to ease 5c with feeders operating here from 373c to 475c/kg. Grown steers and bullocks were also small in number as they made up to 410c to the trade with feeder activity from 372c to 442c/kg.

Grown heifers to the trade made from 346c to 404c with feeder support from 315c to 420c as manufacturing steers sold from 255c to 313c/kg.

NARACOORTE CATTLE – MAY 25

Numbers remained steady as agents yarded 861 head of liveweight and open auction cattle. These sold to the regular field of trade and processor buyers along with feeder and restocker orders.

Quality was mixed ranging from store types up to those off supplementary feed as the market ranged from firm to a little better in price. Yearling steers to the trade ranged from 378c to 505c, with similar heifers ranging from 423c to 493c/kg. Feeder orders continue to be strong as they sourced steers from 415c to 496c, and heifers from 370c to 480c/ kg.

Grown steers to the trade were small in number as they reached a peak of 403c, with feeder buyers taking most of these from 392c to 474c/kg. Grown heifers to the trade made from 275c to 423c, with feeder activity from 315c to 424c/kg.

Heavy weight cows remained firm in price, as they made from 293c to 332c/kg. Bull numbers more than doubled, with the heavy weight pens making from 244c to 296c, with light weights to feed reaching 434c/kg.

NARACOORTE SHEEP – MAY 25

Numbers fell to 5337 head as agents yarded 4268 lambs and 1069 sheep. These sold to the usual field of trade and processor buyers along with a number of restocker orders.

Quality was mixed with pens of both sheep and lamb markets selling to dearer rates this week. Light lambs to the trade ranged from $93 to $142 with the lightweight trade 2 and 3 score selection returning $147 to $157/head.

Restockers purchased a range of lambs from $82 to $165 for lighter types and from $169 to $182/ head for the heavier pens. Trade weight 3 score lambs made from $166 to $185 averaging from mostly 780c to 820c/kg cwt with a lift in price of $7 to $10/head.

Heavy lambs made from $176 to $210 as the extra heavy types selling from $222 to top the market at $250/head. Hoggets made from $132 to $150 with light sheep making from $85 to $120/head. Medium weight ewes sold from $136 to $168 with a lift of $8/head to average 640c to 690c/kg cwt.

Heavy pens made from $166 to the high of $234/ head. Restockers competed for a run of pregnancy scanned in-lamb ewes making from $210 to $240/head with all of these returning to the paddock. Wethers ranged from $144 to $193 with rams making from $66 to $138/head.

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