CATTLE: Vendors sold 1624 head at the South Eastern Livestock Exchange (SELX) cattle market.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service numbers were steady and the quality was a little more mixed in both breed and condition.
Yearlings were well supplied and most were purchased by feeder orders. Grown steers were limited. 530 cows were offered in a good quality run with plenty of heavy weights penned. There were a few more open auction calves. The market sold to a cheaper trend. Weaners were 5c cheaper with steers making from 215c to 280c and heifers selling from 180c to 220c/kg. The open auction calves sold to $312/head for a line of heifers. Medium weight feeder steers were 12c cheaper, making from 261c to 300c/kg. Heavy weights eased 6c, selling from 270c to 295c/kg. The feeder heifers averaged 15c cheaper with breed a major factor, with the top line back 8c to 10c, selling from 220c to 272c/kg.
The few heavy trade cattle held firm, making from 280c to 306c/kg. A limited supply of grown steers sold to 290c and the best of the heavy heifers reached 286c/kg. The 2 score cows were 9c dearer with solid competition from restockers, selling from 190c to 221c/kg. Heavy cows were 8c easier making from 224c to 261c, averaging 246c/kg.
SHEEP AND LAMBS: A total of 22,800 sheep and lambs were sold at SELX.
Heavy weights were limited. The market sold to a stronger trend. Restocking lambs sold from $108 to $157, up $9/head. The medium and heavy trade lambs to 22kg were $8 to $10 stronger selling from $136 to $174/head. The 22kg to 26kg range sold from $168 to $203/head or 730c to 750c/kg cwt.
Extra heavy lambs sold to $218/head. Heavy old lambs sold from $152 to $164 and extra heavy weights reached $184/head. Mutton numbers were back and prices eased $10 to $15/head on the medium and heavy weights. Medium weight ewes sold from $108 to $144/head.
Heavy crossbreds sold from $140 to $220 and heavy Merino ewes reached $165 while wethers topped at $180/head.