Naracoorte Cattle Report

Numbers rebounded following the last weeks public holiday with agents yarding 909 head of live weight and open auction cattle. The usual array of trade and processor buyers were present and active along with some strong feeder support and a number of restocker orders seeking cattle to turn out and grow on. It was another mixed offering quality wise with some good types spread amongst the pens with most of these receiving help from irrigation or supplementary feed with others showing the effects of the dry season. Pricing was accordingly mixed with grown cattle lifting 4c to 6c/kg on an improved offering.

Only small numbers of vealers came forward with steers selling to 306c and heifers 305c/kg. Feeder orders were strong on suitable yearlings as they purchased steers from 240c to 286c and heifers from 238c to 260c/kg. Restockers turned steers back to the paddock from 248c to 291c and heifers from 185c to 235c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold from 235c to a high of 321c/kg with the help of orders for local butchers.

Grown cattle lifted in numbers with steers and bullocks to the trade making from 237c to 274c with feeder support on lighter weights to 260c/kg. Grown heifers made from 233c to 259c to the trade as feeders operated here to 233c/kg. Manufacturing steers sold from 180c to 210c/kg. Cow numbers increased with the heavy selection selling from firm to slightly easier as they made from 198c to 215c as the lighter types sold from 140c to 194c/kg. Bulls sold from 200c to 222c/kg.
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Wagga Cattle Report

Numbers were steady in a mixed quality yarding. Secondary cattle are starting to come into the market in bigger numbers as the dry autumn effects more producers across the region. However, given the increased supplies on offer, secondary yearlings held up well. Trade cattle were in short supply, with domestic buyers once again dependent on the well finished heifers to secure supplies. A full field of buyers were in attendance along with more feedlot and restocker competition.

Vealer numbers declined and quality was mixed. The better finished veal sold from 272c to 329c/kg. Vealer lacking finish sold to feedlots and restockers from 250c to 346c/kg. The limited supply of trade steers lifted 9c making from 286c to 300c/kg. The main run of trade heifers were aided by strong feedlot demand. Well finished heifers suitable for the trade were generally unchanged making from 246c to 279c/kg. Light weight store steers once again sold to mixed price trends with Angus steers more keenly sought. Weaner steers back to the paddock made from 272c to 350c/kg.

Medium weight feeder steers sold 7c/kg cheaper which was quality related. Lighter weight feeder steers met solid support to average 295.6c/kg. Light weight feeder heifers were in high demand under 330kg and lifted 4c to average 277c/kg. Medium weight feeder heifers were unchanged from 244c to 277c/kg. Heavy steers and bullocks sold to steady demand from processors along with some strong feedlot competition. The better finished C3 and C4 steers and bullocks to slaughter sold from 251c to 285c/kg. All weights and grades were represented in the cow market. Competition fluctuated, with some processors entering the
market mid-morning. Heavy cows sold to much cheaper price trends to average 208c/kg. Leaner types met weaker demand from restockers and the better covered D2 and D3 types to slaughter made from 186c to 213c/kg. Store cows sold from 175c to 225c/kg.
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Pakenham Cattle Report

There were approximately 1150 export and 500 young cattle penned for the first combined sale which represented an increase of 500 head due in part to the added categories of cows and bulls. The usual buying group was present and operating more selectively in a mostly cheaper market. Quality declined with most cattle affected by the dry and prices throughout reflected this. The best vealers improved a little while the secondary calves eased up to 10c/kg. Yearling trade steers were in short supply while feeder steers were mostly 5c to 15c/kg cheaper. Yearling heifers to the trade eased 4c to 5c/kg. Grown steers and bullocks
sold mostly 3c to 6c/kg cheaper. Heavy Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers were off 5c to 10c/kg. Cows sold generally firm on most sales while the heavy weight bulls improved 9c to 18c/kg.

Vealers to butchers sold from 295c to 328c/kg. Yearling trade steers made between 258c and 280c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 242c and 280c/kg. Medium and heavy weight feeder steers made from 239c to 280c/kg.

Grown steers sold from 242c to 265c/kg. Bullocks made between 243c and 271c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers sold between 188c and 210c with the crossbred portion between 205c and 245c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows made from 152c to 206c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold mostly from 178c to 219c/kg. Heavy bulls made between 228c and 246c/kg.
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Bendigo Sheep & Lamb Report

Nearly 20,000 lambs and 8000 sheep were yarded as numbers increased following the previous week’s cancelled market due to the Labour Day public holiday. There was a big variance in lamb quality as the dry season impacts carcase finish, with the lead of heavy lambs tending to be off grain or irrigation. Bidding was quality driven which resulted in some price fluctuations. The price trend for heavier slaughter lambs weighing over 20kg was firm to $2 to $5/head dearer compared to a fortnight ago, while very plain and light weight lambs were cheaper amid little restocker demand. The highlight of the sale, however, was mutton as northern processors pushed into heavy sheep.

The heaviest export lambs sold to $220, and the pen was one of seven to make over $200/head for lambs weighing 32kg plus. Most heavy lambs in the 26-30kg range sold from $164 to $194, while the pick of the neat domestic lambs sold from $142 to $162/head. On a carcase basis the heaviest lambs averaged an estimated 590c/kg, while there were premiums of 610c to 650c/kg cwt for the best domestic pens. However, when all the plainer lambs lacking finish and showing dryness were added into calculations most of the trade weight lambs averaged 600c/kg cwt across the sale. Small and light weight lambs made from $90
to $125/head.

Sheep sold to very strong processor competition, particularly heavy crossbred and Merino ewes due to the influence of northern export orders. Heavy crossbred ewes in 4 score condition reached $188 and averaged $165/head. Heavy Merino ewes sold to $171, with the general run of trade weight pens selling from $90 to $120/head, an improvement on a fortnight ago. Most sheep were estimated from 430c to 470c/kg for processors, and in an unusual result, some of the heaviest ewes were among the highest priced on a carcase basis.
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