SHEEP AND LAMBS
August 13. Yarding: 21,797. Change: down 8867.
Lambs: 13,549. Change: down 7526.
Sheep: 8248. Change: down 1341.
Lamb supply eased to 13,500 head, back by 8000 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.
A,L,B & R McIntosh (60) Colbinabbin * (RECORD) $ 255.00
A & C Branson (61) Colbinabbin $ 247.00
T & B Cail (60) Kamarooka $ 239.00
M & J Evans (94) Echuca $ 235.00
JM & RM Ryan (60) Wanalta $ 235.00
GR & KL Wishart (87) Macorna $ 228.00
RW & AL Baker (76) Dingee $ 226.00
AS & ML Maher (37) Serpentine $ 224.00
G & C McKinnon (87) Pyramid Hill $ 211.00
T & K Campbell (62) Macorna $ 210.00
IJ & JL Whatley (40) Goornong $ 209.00
S & R Snelson (102) Tongala $ 201.00
W & S Harrison Nom P/L (52) Durringle $ 200.00
TK Dobson (32) Echuca $ 198.00
E & W Carmody (19) Calivil $ 196.00
SN & DA Collins (400 Bridgewater Nth $ 193.00
W & L Wishart (43) Macorna $ 190.00
CKJ & CM Hutton (60) Maldon $ 186.00
Jacki Brown (64) Colbinabbin $ 184.00
GH & AL Bremner (25) Bulato (*RECORD) $ 298.00
Riverton Lodge P/L ( 151) Barham $ 263.00
HA & ER Westblade (54) Kerang $ 259.00
AW Ogden (25) Wanalta $ 250.00
MR Hinke (40) Elmore $ 250.00
JS Parson (114) Elmore $ 240.00
Campaspe Farms P/L (78) Bamawm $ 239.00
M Cantwwell (52) Echuca $ 235.00
B & M Barlow (60) Wanalta $ 233.00
SW Ellis (19) Dingee $ 232.00
A & W Hargreaves (62) Lake Marmal $ 230.00
Lyndon Fasso F/T (84) Mia Mia $ 230.00
W & S Harrison Nom P/L (37) Dhurringile $ 226.00
J & L Cartwright (66) Raywood $ 225.00
A & C Branson (50) Colbinabbin $ 224.00
DA White ( 63) Tandarra $ 222.00
MR & RL Shay (12) Marong $ 220.00
I & M Palmer (81) East Boort $ 218.00
C & S Cox Farms (169) Moama $ 210.00
Monmore P/L (46) Laanecoorie $ 200.00
PG Farming (75) Boort $ 196.00
Pompapiel Past (15) Durham Ox $ 136.00
GH & AL Bremner (6) Bulato $ 166.00
AS & ML Maher (39) Serpentine $ 160.00
A & C Branson (44) Colbinabbin $ 155.00
RK & K Jennings (25) Baringhup $ 142.00
Pompapiel Past (66) Durham Ox $ 134.00
CA Brown & Son (31) Bridgewater $ 131.00
AA Jensen & Son (61) Raywood $ 121.00
CJ & DJ Brown (32) Colbinabbin $ 142.00
C & R Stimson (20) Glenaroua $ 128.20
Wattleton P/L (81) Traynors Lagoon $ 126.00
R & G Stone (57) Woodstock West $ 120.00
Andshara Family Trust (256) Berrimal $ 118.00
SJ,RJ & RW Berryman (285) Moama $ 117.00
PM & AC O'Shannesssy (130) Donald $ 115.00
B Weaver & CO (122) Boort $ 114.00
J & J Stuart (76) Serpentine $ 112.00
D & C Gunther (58) Pyramid Hill $ 110.00
Cattle numbers remained similar to recent weeks, with 15 coming forward and selling well to good competition once again. Heavy steers were in short 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 $3.10 per kilogram, 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 kilogram - five holding fully firm. A small run of cows sold to a top of $2.22, holding fully firm from the previous market.
Heavy Steers over 500kg sold to $ 2.80
Medium to Heavy Steers 450- 500 kg sold to 3.10
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 - $2.22
G & K A/Vard Goornong $1,706.24
R & N Broom Bridgewater $1,551.50
R & N Broom - Bridgewater $1,522.50
Mark Barri - Goornong $1,408.00
JGC P/L - Rochester $1,374.10
Lombardy - Elmore $1,343.20
BD & S Acil - Kamarooka $1,339.20
T Byrne - Epsom $1,235.25
MR Holden - CAmpbells Creek $1,043.80
J & L Cartwright - Raywood $1,009.50
MR Baker - Tennyson $890.24
G & K A'Vard Goornong $1,864.80
J & L Cartwright Raywood $1,219.75
L & L A'Vard Goornong $1,037.40
Ben Accord Avonmore $1,965.12
A Robertson Lockwood Sth $1,711.97
ORDER OF SALE
Week ending August 25
McKean & McGregor 4 & 1; Ellis Nuttall 2 & 6; FP Nevins 6 & 4; Landmark 1 & 3; Elders 5 & 2; Rodwells 3 & 5.