Naracoorte Cattle Report

Numbers eased by over half as agents yarded 510 head of live weight and open auction cattle. These sold to the usual trade and processor buyers, however competition was limited, with some of these being onlookers and not active across the offering. Quality decreased on the previous sale, with good conditioned cattle to suit the trade proving hard to find, as feeders and restockers were active on the remainder, for what was a mixed sale in price

Yearling steers to the trade sold from a low of 204c to a high of 330c for B muscled steers, with only two sales over the 300c/kg mark. Yearling heifers to the trade made from 206c to 300c as restockers turned steers back out from 211c to 250c/kg. Feeder steers received from 230c to 264c and feeder heifers sold from 215c to 285c/kg.

Grown steers eased up to 10c, making from 262c to 290c, as grown heifers sold from 163c to 205c and manufacturing steers made to 182c/kg. Cows were small in number as the heavy selection received from 189c to 222c, with the lighter types making from 130c to 195c, as bulls sold from 130c to 200c/kg.
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Bendigo Sheep & Lamb Report

Numbers increased ahead of the Easter holiday period and the next sale being a fortnight away. There was a reasonable selection of heavy lambs, but limited supplies of ideal domestic types in the 18-22kg cwt range. Price results were mixed based on weight and quality. Heavy lambs over 26kg cwt were cheaper, with not all export buyers operating. The extra heavy lambs were the most discounted to average $12/head less than a week ago. Prices then improved for neat domestic lambs. There was also some special Easter buying, which influenced the market, most notably for very small lambs in the 10-15kg cwt range to suit Greek Easter spit lamb orders. Some of these small lambs with fat cover made over 900c/kg cwt.

Heavy export lambs sold from $200 to a top of $220/head, estimated to make from 640c to 650c/kg cwt. The main run of 26-30kg cwt lambs sold from $175 to $204/head to average approximately 660c/kg. Carcase prices kept improving as the sale moved onto medium and lighter domestic lambs, with the best pens commanding over 700c at up to 760c/kg at times. The pick of the medium domestic lambs made from $142 to $173/head. Most light weight processing lambs made from $110 to $135/head, with the special Greek Easter order creating price premiums for suitable small lambs. Merino lambs were well supplied, the heaviest in a skin reaching $187/head. Most plainer and lighter Merinos sold from $120 to $156/head.

Another big autumn yarding of sheep, drawn out by the dry conditions and strong prices of the past fortnight. The market for heavy mutton did soften, with exporters not prepared to the big $200/head plus prices of recent markets. Heavy crossbred ewes sold to $170 and Merinos with a higher value skin made to $176/head. Three extra big crossbred wethers made the top price of $195/head. The bulk of the trade and heavy sheep receiving from $90 to $150/head, with an estimated carcase price from 460c to 520c/kg cwt. Light weight sheep were dearer.
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Wagga Cattle Report

Unexpectedly leading into the Easter holiday break, numbers decreased significantly. Trade cattle supplies declined and so did quality. Once again, feedlot buyers dominated the market, purchasing most of the secondary types. Heavy steers and bullock numbers eased notably. Another wave of more than 1,300 cows were offered, with well finished cows in shorter supply. Restockers attended and operated cautiously once again.

Domestic trade cattle were in limited supply. Trade steers sold to only a few buyers, making from 262c to 304c/kg. Trade heifers eased 2c, receiving from 238c to 278c/kg. The pick of the veal recorded a top price of 305c/kg. Light weight weaner steers weighing 200-280kg sold to only a few restockers, resulting in a cheaper trend of 12c/kg to average $593/head. The lighter weight heifers mainly sold to feedlots and backgrounders, making from 140c to 258c/kg. The usual buying group operated in the feeder steer market, however steers over 400kg were in short supply, forcing buyers to push prices higher to secure stock. The bulk of the medium steers gained 3c to average 285c/kg. There was weaker demand for heifers suitable to feed on, with the lighter weights 7c cheaper, making from 190c to 289c/kg. Medium weight feed heifers were unchanged to average 261c/kg.

Grown steers and bullocks sold to solid demand from domestic and export processors, as C3 and C4 steers and bullocks sold from 234c to 298c/kg. The cow market sold to steady demand. A single cow topped at 238c, with well finished cows over 540kg averaging 212c/kg. Despite the D2 and D3 cows lacking yield, demand was solid, with the D3 medium weights unchanged to average 169.3c/kg. Cows to turnout sold from 93c to 163c/kg.
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Pakenham Cattle Report

There were approximately 1,030 export and 450 young cattle penned, representing a decrease of 120 head week-on-week. There was a regular order absent from the usual buying group in a mostly cheaper market. Quality declined, with fewer prime cattle and less finish throughout. Trade cattle eased mainly 10c to 20c/kg and more in places. Grown steers and bullocks decreased 10c/kg. Heavy manufacturing steers declined 17c to 18c/kg. Cows sold 7c to 15c/kg cheaper. Heavy bulls improved 5c to 10c/kg.

Vealers sold from 198c to 328c/kg, with the wide price variation reflecting quality. Yearling trade steers made from 261c to 320c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold from 233c to 320c/kg.

Grown steers made from 250c to 290c/kg. Bullocks sold from 259c to 290c/kg. A limited selection of heavy weight grown heifers made from 230c and 268c after a top of 289c/kg. Heavy Friesian manufacturing steers sold from 195c to 210c after a top of 235c, with the crossbred portion making form 200c to 275c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows made from 132c to 184c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold mainly from 172c to 223c after a top of 235c/kg. Better shaped heavy bulls received from 215c to 241c/kg.
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