Naracoorte Cattle Report

Numbers remained steady as agents yarded 308 head of live weight and open auction cattle. These sold to a smaller field of trade and processor buyers, not all of these fully active with a small number of cattle on offer. Feeders were present and active with a small amount of restocker interest in a stronger market.

Yearling steers were of mixed quality as the trade was active from 275c to 285c, with a lift of 5c. As feeders operated from 252c to 282c, there was a small amount of restocker interest to 279c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold from 260c to 290c with feeders seeking supply from 226c to a high of 273c/kg.

Grown steers remained small in number as they made from 245c to 275c with grown heifers making from 208c to 264c/kg. Cow numbers increased with the light weight types from 150c to 196c as the heavier selection sold from 200c to 215c, with a lift in price from 4c to 6c/kg. Light weight bulls sold to 210c with the heavy selection making from 195c to 218c/kg.
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Wagga Cattle Report

Numbers increased significantly owing to the very dry autumn conditions. Quality was plainer and over half the yarding weighed less than 320kg, with producers offloading weaner cattle in all categories. Once again trade cattle were in short supply. Grown steer and bullocks were in limited numbers. The usual turnout of export and domestic buyers attended.

Vealer were in reasonable supply however many lacked weight and finish. The better vealers to domestic processors sold from 246c to 285c/kg. The medium weight trade heifers averaged 273c/kg. Trade steers were limited and prices were somewhat distorted due to lack of numbers averaging 289c/kg. Restocking competition was erratic with buyers finding it difficult to find a base price. Overall weaner steers and heifers generally sold 20c to 50c/kg cheaper. Lighter weight steers back to the paddock sold from 200c to 272c/kg to average $604/head. Secondary light weight steers lacking shape declined 50c making from 180c to 198c/kg. Feeder steers were in shorter supply and light and medium weight steers sold to the usual group of buyers. Medium weight feeder steers sold 3c cheaper making from 242c to 303c/kg. Feeder heifer prices fluctuated throughout the sale and prices were up to 27c/kg cheaper for heifers weighing from 330-400kg.

Domestic processor competition was steady for young heavy steers while bullocks sold to weaker demand. The better quality pens of prime finished steers and bullocks made from 256c to 281c/kg. Cow numbers increased and demand was stronger over the mixed quality offering. Heavy cows topped at 218c to average 203c/kg. The D3 medium weight lifted 14c making from 139c to 192c/kg. Young cows back to the paddock sold to mixed price trends, making from 120c to 173c/kg.
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Pakenham Cattle Report

There were approximately 900 export and 650 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 830 head week-on-week. The usual buying group was present and operating in a mixed market where price averages were a reflection of quality. Quality declined, with most of the supply increase being secondary and plainer types. A very limited selection of finished vealers sold firm while better shaped European breed calves sold to stronger demand from lot feeders. Yearling grass cattle sold firm while a better selection of grain assisted lots improved. Secondary and plainer young cattle attracted little competition with some exceptions for breed. A very mixed selection of grown steers and bullocks sold cheaper in places due to plainer quality. Well-finished heavy grown heifers sold to solid demand for a better quality selection. Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers eased a few cents. The cows consisted of a larger proportion of plainer light and medium weights and demand was a little erratic, with most averages from firm to 5c/kg easier. A handful of heavy bulls sold to a dearer trend.

Vealers suited to butchers sold from 286c to 320c/kg. Yearling trade steers made between 275c and 311c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 240c and 295c/kg. Feeder steers made from 232c to 296c/kg.

Grown steers sold from 244c to 297c/kg. Bullocks made between 255c and 302c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers sold between 225c and 282c/kg. Heavy Friesian manufacturing steers made from 203c to 222c, with the crossbred portion from 232c to 270c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows sold from 135c to 210c/kg. Heavy weight cows made mostly between 168c and 234c/kg. Heavy bulls sold between 230c and 258c/kg.
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Bendigo Sheep & Lamb Report

Lamb supply lifted above 17,000 head, with much of the increase across the Merino run with agents reporting stock had been sent in from East Gippsland, the Mallee and southern New South Wales. All the regular buyers operated in a market that showed an easier price trend on a week ago. Most lamb categories averaged $2 to $10/head cheaper, with the lead run of heavy lambs holding their price the best. Processors did have a much bigger selection of light weight and plain conditioned lambs compared to last sale which had an impact on results.

Extra heavy export lambs over 30kg sold from $200 to a top of $230/head. The next grade down at 26-29kg sold from $170 to $196/head. The bulk of the heavy trade weight crossbred lambs made from $136 to $170, with the pick of the 22-24kg pens averaging $155/head. Plainer and lighter domestic lambs made from $125 to $135/head. On a carcase basis, most of these lambs made between 590c and 640c to average 600c to 615c/kg cwt across the sale. Plainer and light weight lambs processing orders made between $90 and $118, with pens of very small lambs from $30 to $75/head.

All weights and grades were represented in the Merino line-up. The best heavy Merino lambs off grain sold to $196, while the main drafts of trade weights showing reasonable fat cover sold from $143 to $154/head at an estimated 570c/kg cwt. Plain and light weight Merinos varied from $69 to $114 to processors, while restockers stepped in on some of the smaller lambs which sold down to $30/head.

Competition for mutton fluctuated, with the best lines of Merino wethers and ewes keenly sought to record estimated averages of 480c to 520c/kg cwt. Big crossbred ewes, however, were cheaper after some particularly strong sales to $198/head a week ago. The best price for crossbred ewes this week was $188/head, which was matched by the heaviest Merino wethers.
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