Bendigo livestock market reports | August 7

SHEEP AND LAMBS

BENDIGO

August 6. Yarding: 30,664. Change: up 4664. Lambs: 21,075. Change: up 5075. Sheep: 9589. Change: down 411. 

Lamb numbers increased caused by an influx of young, unshorn crossbred lambs from drought affected NSW. There was 8000 Dorset Merino and White-Suffolk Merino offered by six properties from the Hay and Deniliquin area. The supply of good slaughter lambs declined on a week ago. All the usual buyers operated in an unpredictable market, with prices varying based on quality, weight and breed type. Carcase prices spread from 400c to 900c/kg cwt across the market. 

The best pens of trade and heavy lambs were firm, while prices for secondary types eased again. Light weight Merino lambs lacking fat cover were discounted the most. Most of the young lambs from NSW were too immature and light for processing, and the majority sold to southern restockers from Horsham, South Gippsland and Tasmania. The lead pens weighing over 10kg cwt sold from $83 to $121, while the lightest runs under 8kg made from $16 to $63/head. They were sold in big lines of 100 to 600 head, and more than half of the 8000 lambs on offer sold for less than $50/head. 

The best heavy young lambs to processors made from $210 to $250/head to be similar to a week ago. However, the poor season is now impacting on the lead run of young lambs, and any pens that showed variance and plainer finish were $5 to $10/head cheaper. Quality in the heavy pens of old season lambs was very mixed and they made from $191 to $255/head in an easier trend. 

Medium and lighter trade weight lambs to processors sold from $136 to $185/head. Most of the better quality slaughter lambs recorded averages of 800c to 860c, with an occasional pen still over 900c/kg cwt. Secondary lambs fluctuated in the 700c to 800c/kg cwt range. There was a reasonable run of light weight Merino lambs, 16-18kg, and these were cheaper at $83 to $135/head, to average an estimated 455c/kg cwt. 

Smaller crossbred lambs to abattoir orders mostly sold from $90 to $126/head. Sheep numbers remained high for winter at 9500 head, as the poor season forces producers to destock. The market was cheaper again by $5 to $20/head across most classes, although bidding was uneven at times. Buyer support for heavy crossbreds was at lower price levels of $115 to $138/head for most. The best quality Merino ewes with good fat cover and higher value skins made from $106 to $152, with a restocker paying the top price of $155/head for a joined pen. Most mutton was estimated at 370c to 420c/kg cwt.

AVERAGES

SUCKERS

A & C Branson (63) Colbinabbin $250.00 

Killara Past Co (71) Boort  $227.00 

M & J Evans (71) Echuca  $223.00 

SN & DA Collins (44) Bridgewater  $220.00 

G & C McKinnon (54) Pyramid Hill  $210.00 

GR & KL Wishart (80) Macorna  $210.00 

Bernard Smith (61) Pyramid Hill  $204.00 

DW Berryman (53) Mathoura  $193.00 

R & C Glen (57) Mathoura  $181.00 

M Martin (33) Deniliquin  $180.00 

JF & DL Gibson (53) Borung  $164.00 

Ettershark Past (67) Cobramanga  $139.50 

CROSSBRED LAMBS

Ballinode (91) Rochester  $255.00 

JS Parson (56) Elmore  $248.00 

MW & MA Crapper (91) Raywood $244.00 

J,E,T & D Whykes (47) Charlton  $240.60 

WJ & A Wright (53) Boort  $240.00 

Springvale (177) Murchison  $237.00 

Ken Poxon & Son (56) Boort  $236.00 

AR Pryor (46)_ Kerang  $235.00 

TB & B Cail (26) Kamarooka  $232.00 

Moorilim Past Co (84) Moorilim  $231.00 

David Webb (75) Seymour  $231.00 

A & B McIntosh (40) Wanalta  $226.00 

AT & EJ Moon (74) Durham Ox  $225.00 

B Wright (43) Lockington  $222.00 

J & K McNAughton (44) Tatura  $221.00 

A & C Dalrymple (43) Nareewillock  $221.00 

Nutbyrne P/L (29) Knowsley  $218.00 

Anthony J Collins (49) Bridgewater Nth  $215.00 

Old Cobram (730) Sealake  $210.00 

BW ,JR& RA Barker & VC Wall (30) Sutton Grange  $208.00 

KJ Micheal (31) Elmore  $206.00 

CJ & DJ Brown (53) Colbinabbin  $205.00 

Knight Family Trust (19) Rushworth  $205.00 

F & M Schmidt (33) Pyramid Hill  $203.00 

GG Muller & Sons (36) Glenburn  $195.00 

JM & DJ Johnson (35) Hunter  $194.00 

RF & TL Webb (31) Bridgewater  $191.00 

Jack A McKinley (38) Serpentine  $190.00 

JK McKinley (35) Serpentine  $190.00 

NW & ER Davis (29) Sutton Grange  $190.00 

T Eade ((92) Lockington  $188.00 

MW & LP Sinclair (37) Durham Ox  $180.00 

C Graham Family (49) Arnold  $179.00 

Moon & Broad (97) Pyramid Hill  $178.00 

DM O'Donoghue (16) Dingee  $168.00 

MM Davis (38) Sutton Grange  $150.00 

MERINO LAMBS 

Karwoola P/L (93) Pyramid Hill  $155.00 

Bruce West (84) Raywood  $134.00 

Freeman (82) Carapooee  $125.00 

Cocketgedong P/L (362) Uruan  $111.00 

STORE LAMBS

Ettershank Past (201) Cobramanga  $121.50 

Askrame (230) Hay  $112.00 

Askrame (140) Hay  $99.00 

Erywah P/l (187) Carrathool  $96.50 

Ferguson (55) Woomboota  $94.00 

MERINO WETHERS 

J & G Ross P/L (138) Mia Mia  $115.00 

CROSSBRED EWES

JM Hiscock (99) Pyalong  $142.00 

L McClelland & Son (34) Lake Marmal  $138.00 

AL & G Lloyd (56) Stuart Mill  $135.00 

Creswell Trading (85) St Arnaud $128.60 

Yentrac Nom (29)  $126.00 

Ingpen Farms (44)  $123.00 

Crowden Weeks P/L (22) Serpentine  $115.00 

CA Brown & Sons (41) Bridgewater  $111.00 

MERINO EWES

DW Berryman (130) Mathoura  $155.00 

J & K Monoghan (91) Tatura  $138.00 

JM & PJ Darker (59) Boort  $128.00 

AT & EJ Moon (25) Durham Ox  $127.00 

JM & DJ Johnson  (16) Hunter  $125.00 

Gardiner Bros Farms (46) Kerang  $107.00 

CATTLE

Cattle numbers were fairly similar to recent weeks, with 158 coming forward and selling well to good competition. Heavy steers were in shorter supply and sold to a top of $2.80 per kilogram. Medium to heavy steers were also in shorter supply this week and sold to a top of $2.98 per/kg, remaining firm to slightly dearer on the previous market. A good sized run of vealers came through the ring and sold well to a top price of $3.35 per/kg - five cents dearer than last week. A small run of cows sold to a top of $2.25, holding fully firm from the previous market.

QUOTES

Heavy Steers over 500kg sold to $2.80; Medium to Heavy Steers 450- 500 kg sold to $2.98; Steer Veal Heavy over 400kgs sold to $3.35; Steer Veal medium 320 – 390kg sold to $3.34; Heifers Veal 420 to 490kgs sold to $3.30; Heifer Veal 320 – 390kgs sold to $3.30; Beef  Cows - $2.25.

AVERAGES

STEERS

J Branson - Muckleford $1,960.00 

B & J Anderson - Bridgewater  $1,459.88 

W Cowan - Elmore $1,367.70 

JT Stokie - Elmore  $1,353.60 

L Wright - Huntly $1,332.80 

VEALERS

Lombardy Ent - Elmore  $1,453.50 

PJ & BJ Rothacker - Bridgewater  $1,394.25 

JC Douglas - Milloo $1,381.70 

ED Carr - Emu Creek  $1,309.00 

JGC - Rochester  $1,292.80 

L Wright - Huntly $1,263.68 

C & R Bird - Dingee $1,123.92 

G Mulcair - Goornong  $1,116.72 

Shirley Hocking - Kamarooka  $1,113.00 

Jess Cowan - Elmore $1,110.51 

Philora - Kamarooka  $1,089.00 

JT Stokie - Elmore  $1,040.27 

COWS

Eilan Donan P/L - Elphingstone $1,968.75 

JT Stokie - Elmore $1,694.94 

M & K Browne - Fosterville $1,687.20 

P Fitzpatrick - Axe Creek $1,639.00 

IE & EF McKenzie - Elmore  $1,588.34 

Western Vale Farms - Axedale  $1,279.67 

HEIFERS

G Mulcair - Goornong $1,164.00 

ORDER OF SALE

Week ending August 18: McKean & McGregor 6 & 4; Ellis Nuttall 5 & 2; FP Nevins 2 & 6; Landmark 4 & 1; Elders 3 & 5; Rodwells 1 & 3.