Bendigo Sheep & Lamb Report

Lamb supply eased to 13,500 head, back by 8,000 head, and demand from both processors and store buyers stepped-up to create a much dearer market than a week ago. The yarding comprised a mix of old season and young unshorn lambs, and like last Monday included several big drafts of crossbred store lambs from NSW. Prices for heavy young lambs lifted by $5 to $12, while some of the old season pens gained $20/head. Store demand intensified and a large crowd of farmers and agents watched as the market for small lambs back to the paddock averaged $20/head dearer. The sale posted a new Bendigo record, and possible Victorian title, of $298/head for a pen of 30 extra heavy second-cross Dorset lambs estimated to weigh over 40kg cwt.

There was some outstanding new season lambs which sold to a top of $255 for around 28kg cwt, with the lead runs weighing above 23kg cwt all making above $200, to average $235/head. The best quality old season lambs with weight made from $214 to $263/head. Supplies of well presented domestic lambs around 21-22kg cwt were very limited and they attracted strong demand, to make from $183 to $207/head. In carcase terms it pushed average prices back up to between 850c to 900c/kg cwt, with select pens higher during the sale. Trade weight supplementary fed Merino lambs reached $196, however demand for any secondary light weight Merinos lacking fat cover remained subdued. Bidding for young store lambs was at much keener levels than a week ago and was dominated by southern buyers from Tasmania, Colac, Finley and the local area. The bigger-framed lambs sold from $110 to $129, while the large drafts of smaller first-cross lambs from NSW made from $44 to $90, to average $70/head.

Mutton was dear, although results were erratic at times over some of the crossbred ewes and smaller lines of full wool Merinos. Some heavy sheep categories lifted by up to $20/head, while others gained a few dollars on a week ago. Heavy crossbred ewes made from $114 to $160/head. Merino ewes sold to $142, most sales of the heavier types sold from $90 to $132/head. Good lines of mutton were estimated as costing from 380c to 430c/kg cwt.
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Wagga Cattle Report

Numbers lifted and the quality was a little better. Weaners were back in numbers and there was not the very light and plain tail. Yearlings to feed were again well supplied and there were a few more trade cattle penned. Grown steers with weight still were in short supply and there were more heavy grown heifers suitable for the processors. Cow were also better supplied and there was a large run of PTIC cows and heifers included. The market was firm to dearer.

Weaners to restock sold dearer with quality improving. Steers ranged from 180c to 281c and heifers averaged 190c after reaching 238c/kg for light heifers. The best of the trade veal reached 280c/kg. Medium weight feeder steers were firm and heavy weights eased 5c, with prices from 255c to 301c/kg. Feeder heifers were 10c to 18c cheaper, with most selling from 220c to 278c/kg. Heavy trade cattle were firm from 262c to 303c, with medium trade weights reaching 310c/kg.

Prime grown steers and bullocks were firm to 4c cheaper, averaging 267c after reaching 296c/kg. Heavy grown heifers sold from 212c to 255c/kg. Cows to process were 2c to 3c stronger, with the medium weight 2 score cows making 125c to 188c. Heavy 3 and 4 scores sold from 184c to 222c/kg. Prime heavy weights averaged 213c/kg. The run of PTIC cows, which went to restockers ranged from 175c to 200c and the heifer portion reached 212c/kg.
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Pakenham Cattle Report

Cattle numbers decreased slightly this week, with 144 cows amongst the offering. Good quality finished grown steers were in limited supply and attracted a full field of export buyers at the rails. The trade cattle were of mixed quality, with a few pens of excellent supplementary fed vealers and yearlings meeting strong competition, while the light weight store conditioned young stock decreased from last week.

The bulk of the vealers made from 275c to 325c/kg. The B muscled supplementary fed yearling steers reached 332c, with the heifer portion making to 312c/kg. The majority of the yearling heifers made from 249c to 296c/kg. Feed lotters and store buyers were operating, but not at the usual standard.

The 400-500kg C and B muscled steers made from 290c to 296c/kg. The 500-600kg steers made from 280c to 310c, while a few pens of exceptionally heavy  bullocks weighing from 820kg to just over 900kgs, made from 304c to 307c/kg. The best of the heavy bullocks reached 314.6c/kg. The beef cows made from 205c to 249c and the dairy cows over 520kg lwt made from 182c to 206c/kg. Beef bulls sold from 210c to 273c/kg.
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