MOUNT GAMBIER CATTLE REPORT:
Wednesday, July 6
Numbers lifted this week as agents yarded 436 head of liveweight and open auction cattle.
These sold to a larger field of active trade and processor buyers along with feeder and restocker orders.
Quality improved this week with more weight and condition spread over the pens along with some showing the effects of winter in a mixed market for price.
Yearling numbers were very small as these cattle lifted a little in price as steers to the trade ranged from 420c to 560c and similar heifers returned from 440c to 470c/kg.
Feeder orders sourced steers from 470c to 530c with restockers operating on steers from 505c to 535c and on the heifers from 450c to 500c/kg.
Grown steers and bullocks lost up to 25c as they sold from 394c to 429c with feeder support from 382c to 500c/kg.
Grown heifers went to trade buyers from 340c to 440c as manufacturing steers which were mostly dairy types made from 338c to 366c/kg.
Heavy cows remained firm in price as they sold from 336c to 368c as lighter lots made from 240c to 320c with some feeder activity from 260c to 333c/kg.
A small offering of mostly heavy bulls made from 280c to 350c/kg.
Total Yarding: 2596 Sheep: 995 Lamb: 1601
NARACOORTE SHEEP AND LAMB:
Tuesday, July 5
Overall numbers eased a little as agents yarded 1,601 lambs and 995 sheep to total a combined 2,596 head with less lambs and more sheep this week.
These sold to a larger field of trade and processor buyers along with a small number of active restockers.
Quality was very mixed with a wintry feel about it as heavy lambs suitable for the trade were in short supply with a large number of small lighter weight lots coming forward.
Pricing was mixed as the lighter lambs were easier while the lambs attracting the trade lifted this week by up to $6/head with more in places.
Light lambs to the trade made from $70 to $126 with the lightweight trade 2 and 3 score selection returned from $105 to $142/head.
Tradeweight 3 score lambs made from $152 to $176/head with most sales ranging from 750c to 780c/kg cwt.
Heavy lambs returned from $178 to $207 with the extra heavy pens ranging from $201 to the market high of $232/head.
Hoggets reached $155 as light sheep sold from $86 to $96/head.
Medium weighted sheep made from $115 to $142 as heavy sheep ranged from $145 to the high of $199/head with wethers making from $132 to $146 and rams returned from $30 to $151/head.
Tuesday, July 5
Numbers rose this week as agents yarded 651 head of liveweight and open auction cattle.
These sold to most of the regular field of trade and processor buyers with feeder and a couple of additional restocker orders this week.
There was a wide range of type and quality spread over the pens with something on offer for all buyers as the market sold to cheaper rates.
Yearling steers to the trade made from 374c to 500c with similar heifers making from 450c to 575c/kg.\
Feeder orders operated on steers from 380c to 535c and on the heifers from 430c to 470c/kg.
Restockers were active from 474c to 600c on steers and on heifers from 375c to 580c/kg.
Grown steers and bullocks attracted trade support from 440c to 475c with a pen going to feeders at 485c/kg.
Grown heifers to the trade ranged from 360c to 450c to soften 15c/kg with feeders operating from 338c to 388c and some restocker activity from 310c to 390c/kg.
Heavy cows fell up to 19c as they ranged from 326c to 370c with lighter lots making from 220c for dairy types up to 322c/kg.
Heavy bulls were in short supply to make from 290c to 320c/kg with lightweights to feed on making to 412c/kg.