SHEEP & LAMBS
More lambs were yarded at Bendigo, but quality eased into what is best described as a winter clean-up sale with a lot of small and mixed pen lots on offer.
Competition from the regular buying group remained selective and subdued, with not all processors operating to capacity.
The best quality was in the new season young lambs, which are starting to come forward, with pens off irrigation and weighing up to an estimated 28kg cwt selling to $248/head.
Heavy old season lambs sold to a price of $260/head.
Price trends across old lambs were cheaper, with quality a factor in some discounted sales.
The talking point of this week's market was a run of young May/June drop unshorn Merino lambs sent down from a southern NSW station.
They drew keen restocking interest from Swan Hill, making from $120 to $138/head, to return over $10kg on a carcase basis.
New season lambs in the heavy trade weight category of 22-26kg cwt made from $206 to $237, with a few extra heavy pens off irrigation selling to a top of $248/head.
On a carcase basis, the young lambs were estimated from 850c to 880c, with some lighter domestic types selling to 900c/kg cwt.
Quality in the market's old lamb run was very mixed.
Heavy lambs over 26kg cwt sold from a price of $220 to $260/head.
The main run of medium crossbred lambs 22-24kg made from $184 to $220, to average $199/head.
Carcase rates did vary over the old lambs based on breed quality, skin length, and number in a pen.
The bulk of the sales to domestic and export processors were estimated from 800c to 850c/kg cwt.
Light weight lambs under 20kg to processors predominantly made from $100 to $154/head, and these also showed a wide carcase price spread depending on quality and presentation.
There was another small yarding of sheep.
Processor demand for good lines of mutton, such as shorn Merino wethers, improved to push above an estimated 600c/kg again, making from $150 to $194/head.
There was a lot of weight in some of the crossbred ewes, which sold to $210/head.
Prices also increased for light mutton.
Jenharwill Bailing (52) Elmore $260.00
IR & DJ Micheel (10) Tongala $240.00
WB Bennett (32) Moulamein $235.00
G Threlfall (17) Bunbartha $234.00
Kellalac Past (102) Newbridge $229.00
A & M Gordan (85) Wycheproof $220.00
M Bennett (47) Mia Mia $220.00
Moorilim Past Co (75) Moorilim $218.00
JM Hiscock (86) Kilmore $212.00
B & J Tuohey (40) Serpentine $206.00
O'Sullivan Trading (58) Elmore $202.00
P & S Armstrong (30) Euroa $190.00
DR,RJ & JP Poyner (76) Nullawil $188.00
M & J Evans (76) Echuca $248.00
B & P Meighan (111) Mitiamo $240.00
RK & AP Mitchell (65) Milloo $237.00
Rinaldi Farms (144) Womboota $225.00
G McGurk (127) Charlton $154.00
G McGurk (127) Charlton $138.00
MERINO TWO TOOTH
Burke Estate (91) Axedale $153.00
McCoy Farming (81) Wehla $194.00
LC Soulsby (71) Rheola $180.00
B & C Collins (21) Fentons Creek $175.00
SJ & GM Wilson (130) Campbells Forest $210.00
A Holland (31) Picola $200.00
JM Hiscock (13) Kilmore $195.00
Derby Downs P/D Stud (17) Marong $190.00
R Keating (25) Shelbourne $166.00
D & H McKinley (51) Leichardt $159.00
C McGillivray (24) Mangalore $150.00
A & N Hocking (71) Dingee $186.00
SH & EK Holschier (40) Womboota $169.00
M & A Broadbent (35) Yarraberb $158.00
A & J Hope (161) Kangaroo Flat $154.00
RF & TL Webb (61) Bridgewater $149.00
BJ & & KL Peterson (54) Newstead $145.00
A similar yarding to the previous week came forward in our second and very successful Monday market.
Once again with the additional buyers saw some strong competition and the cattle sold very well.
Heavy steers were in good supply and sold to a top of $3.20 per kilo holding firm.
Medium to heavy steers sold to a top of $3.23 per kilo holding firm to 10 cents dearer.
A good quality run of vealers came through and the better calves sold to a top of $3.69 per kilo, remaining firm to 10 to 15 cents dearer.
A very small run of cows sold to a top of $2.30 per kilo, holding fully firm to last week.
Heavy Steers over 500kg sold to $3.20
Medium to Heavy Steers 450-500kg sold to $3.23
Steer Veal Heavy over 400kg sold to 3.60
Steer Veal Medium 320-390kg sold to 3.65
Heifers Veal 420-490kg sold to $ 3.60
Heifer Veal 320-390kg sold to $3.69
ORDER OF SALE
For week ending August 24.
McKean & McGregor 3
Ellis Nuttal & Co 5
FP Nevins 4
Sheep numbers from Victoria rose by 2000 head to see 3769 sheep and lambs offered online on AuctionsPlus last week.
Droves of sheep continue to head south, as Victoria dominates the online market, seeing 18,000 head bought by southern operators.
Sheep offered from Victoria saw a large offering of composite ewe lambs from Dunkeld, with a top price of $177 for Sept/Oct '18 drop future breeders.
Merino ewes from Victoria sold to a top of $231 for a line of Sept '18 drop ewe lambs.
Prices for Merino wethers and wether lambs remained steady across the platform.
Wether lambs sold from $70 to $148 to average $120, while grown wethers sold from $95 to $160, averaging $128.
Woolgrower wethers were popular last week and highlights included one vendor from Nullamanna, NSW who offered 1294 head averaging 37kg to average $124 which will travel to Wycheproof, Victoria and Inverell, NSW.
Cattle numbers from Victoria dropped to see 172 head offered online.
PTIC cows and heifers sold nationally from $800 to $1700 to average $1079.
Prices were firm on the previous week, and supply continues to outweigh demand.
Cows with calves at foot were once again in tight supply, with 376 head being offered and a 77 per cent clearance nationally.
Across the eastern states, prices ranged from $1000 to $2020 to average $1451, up $311.
From Peterborough, a line of Angus cows and calves made the top price of $2020.
Selling from 266c to 377c nationally, steers weighing from 200-280kg averaged 317c, up 13c.
Steers weighing from 280-330kg sold from 271c 364c to average 322c, down 5c.
Highlights include Shorthorn weaned steers from Goondiwindi, Queensland weighing 310 kg and selling for 310c to a buyer in Casterton.
Angus weaned steers from Mangoplah, NSW weighing 313kg and selling for 365c to a buyer in Korumburra.
Numbers eased to 81 head yarded at Ballarat this week.
The yarding quality was mixed, with some good quality young cattle.
Not all the usual buying group attended or operated fully, resulting in the market easing from 5c to 10c/kg and more in places.
Heavy cows sold to 240c, easing 5c/kg on last week.
Numbers were made up of 32 cows, 16 steers, 31 heifers and 2 bulls.
Vealers and yearlings sold to the trade from 275c to 300c for the heavier weights and from 216c to 224c/kg for the D muscle lighter types.
Feeders and restockers paid from 160c to 290c/kg.
Grown heifers sold to the trade from 225c to 250c for the C muscle types and from 210c to 213c/kg for the D muscle lighter types.
Grown steers sold to the trade from 244c to 291c/kg.
Heavy C muscle cows sold to the trade from 225c to 240c, while medium weight 2 score cows made from 174c to 189c/kg.
Heavy beef bulls sold to 250c/kg.