Cattle: There were an increase in the number of cattle yarded this week, up by 353 to yard 1340 head with many showing the effects of the dry weather. Yearlings, vealers and weaners were in larger numbers and there was a good yarding of cows. There was increased numbers of young cattle in plainer condition and lighter weight, there was some good runs of well-bred cattle through the sale that were suitable for feeder buyers and re-stockers.
The market varied, with re-stocker vealer steers selling 2c to 20c cheaper, topping at 219c/kg. Vealer heifers to slaughter were down by 8c, selling to a top of 280c/kg. Feeder and re-stocker yearling steers were 5c cheaper although light re-stocker steers sold to a dearer trend, especially for the well-bred steers, feeder steers averaged 276c and re-stocker steers topped at 310c/kg. Trade yearling heifers sold firm to an easier trend topping at 310c/kg for butcher heifers. Feeder heifers either side of firm depending on breed and weight.
The yarding of export cattle consisted of a good supply of cows, and a few pens of grown steers and heifers. Steers sold to a top of 265c and heifers to 245c/kg. The yarding of cows was firm to 10c cheaper, with medium weight cows averaging 184c and heavy cows topped at 311c/kg.Local sales: Matt Doak weaner steers 302.2 c/kg 330kg $999.15 * John & Annette Doak weaner steers 307.2 c/kg 308kg $947.20
Sheep: Number yarded 2983, down by 1334
There was a few less lambs yarded this week to total 2400 head. Quality of the lambs was fair to good, with a good supply of trade weights and several pens of heavy lambs, however there was a larger percentage of light store lambs through the sale. The market was cheaper with most lambs selling $4 to $7/head cheaper. The dry weather resulted in re-stocker lambs selling to a cheaper trend, although good quality lambs were less affected.
The smaller yarding of mutton consisted of a few pens of well finished sheep, however there was increased numbers of light 2 score ewes and wethers offered. Most of the mutton was $10 to $12/head cheaper, however quality was much plainer. Local sales: D & B Hamilton store lambs 40.2 kg $88.50 * R & J Bowen light dorper mutton $46.