A slightly bigger sale at KAIKOHE saw between 550 and 600 head yarded last Wednesday, Vaughan Vujcich of PGG Wrightson reported.
The market stayed firm, with prices on a par with the previous week.
Bigger R2 steers, Hereford-cross, exotic-cross and Angus-cross, made $2.20-$2.28/kgLW, and R3 Simmental/Friesian steers sold at $2.26/kgLW. Heavier whiteface, Charolais and Angus yearling steers fetched $2.60-$2.70/kgLW, while lighter yearling steers reached over $3/kgLW. Weaner beef-cross bulls made $480-$520.
Two-year heifers, Angus, exotic-cross and whiteface, sold for $2.10-$2.20/kgLW while yearling heifers, Simmental, whiteface, Hereford-cross and Angus-cross, fetched $2.30-$2.50/kgLW.
Heavy beef cows made up to $1.98/kgLW, with heavy empties and Friesians making $1.80-$1.85/kgLW, mediums $1.70/kgLW and light $1.40-$1.50/kgLW.
At the Grown Cattle Fair held at WELLSFORD last Monday, demand outstripped supply with good results PGG Wrightson representative Grant Pallister commented.
Two-year steers 480-520kg made $2.20-$2.25/kgLW, 420-460kg $2.28-$2.42/kgLW, 380-420kg $2.32-$2.40/kgLW. Two-year heifers 400-440kg returned $2.24-$2.28/kgLW, 380-400kg $2.18-$2.25/kgLW.
Very few numbers were on offer at the prime cattle sale on Tuesday.
Heavy steers reached $2.19-$2.24/kgLW, heavy heifers $2.06-$2.15/kgLW, light heifers $1.89-$2/kgLW. Heavy cows returned $1.72-$1.76/kgLW, medium $1.60-$1.67/kgLW, light $1.42/kgLW.
There were no positive signs on lamb as demand for product lessens throughout the world.
Heavy prime lambs fetched $110-$117, medium $104-$107, light $93-$97. Good store lambs made $83-$86, medium $75-$80, light $59-$71. Heavy ewes $69-$76, medium $57-$66, light $20.
Numbers at PUKEKOHE on Saturday August 11 were up slightly on the previous week, and cattle sold well enough without being outstanding, Chris Humphrey of Livestock Mart Auctions commented. This is mainly because it is so wet underfoot. With best steers to $1170, heifers $1340 and cows $1075, prices are very good and some nice medium R1 steers made $690, $3.32/kgLW.
Best steers $1020-$1170, other 2-year steers $855-$990, medium R1 steers $690, autumn-born steers $595, other weaner steers $360-$490.
Best heifers $1095-$1340, other 20-month heifers $715-$980, weaner heifers $395-$400. Boner cows $495-$1075, bulls $600-$1240.
A very nice pen of black steers sold really well to $1585 at KUMEU last Monday, and black yearling steers $720. These were very good quality cattle and look good buying, Humphrey commented. Other cattle, of mixed breeding, were harder to sell with buyers cautious and awaiting warmer drier spring weather!
Best prime steers $1585, yearling steers $638-$720, good weaner steers $488, medium yearling heifers $545, very small crossbred heifers $297.
Fat lambs $104, ewes $73-$88.
Good quality cattle held value at TUAKAU last Thursday, but lesser-bred types were harder to sell, PGG Wrightson agent Roy Allen said.
About 400 cattle were on offer, including whitehead 2-year steers at 470-502kg that sold at $2.23-$2.26/kgLW, or $1065-$1120, and lighter whiteheads, 358-405kg, which made $2.43-$2.47/kgLW. Exotic 2-year steers, 462kg, earned $2.22/kgLW, or $1030, and 2-year Friesian steers, 472kg, $2.05/kgLW. Friesian-cross 2-years steers at 340-375kg made $1.62-$1.89/kgLW.
Heavy yearling whitehead steers, 325kg, traded at $2.70/kgLW, or $875, with lighter whiteheads, 184-225kg, earning $650-$705. Angus yearlings, 295kg, fetched $770 and Friesian yearlings, 305kg, $670.
Allen said the offering included nice autumn-born Simmental-cross and Angus-cross steers, which sold well. Simmental-cross steers at 235kg made $740 and another pen at 181kg returned $750. Angus-cross steers, 158kg, sold at $590 and 195kg Hereford-Friesians earned $620. Other autumn-born Hereford-Friesians at 148kg made $560 and 117kg steers, $555.
Yearling Friesian bulls, 215-240kg, traded at $2.68-$2.79/kgLW, or $600-$660.
In the heifer section, 18-month heifers at around 350kg made $2.46/kgLW, with Hereford-cross and brindle types, 370kg, earning $790.
Good autumn-born heifers also sold well, making over $3/kgLW. Autumn-born Simmental-cross heifers at 182kg fetched $680, with 180kg Angus-cross heifers making $640 and 167kg Angus heifers, $605. Hereford-Friesian-cross heifers, 104kg, earned $400.
A yarding of 344 cattle was presented at last Wednesday's prime sale, and Allen said competition for a smaller offering of steers kept the market firm.
Heavy whitehead steers, 720-755kg, traded at $2.25-$2.27/kgLW and the market was topped by 662kg Limousin steers which made $2.30/kgLW. Other heavy steers at 600kg-plus made $2.16-$2.21/kgLW, depending on yield. Whitehead steers, 515kg, earned $2.20/kgLW, with whiteheads at 493kg making the same rate.
Allen said heifer prices were consistent, with most of the 200 heifers yarded selling at $2.20/kgLW, "which seemed to be the market". Even lighter heifers at 398-417kg earned $2.17-$2.18/kgLW.
Good empty Friesian cows, 450-485kg, made $2.03/kgLW and young beef cows at 500-590kg earned $1.95-$1.97/kgLW. Heavy Friesian cows, 490-560kg, traded at $1.60-$1.67/kgLW, with 450-500kg boners making $1.52-$1.56/kgLW and the next cut, $1.35-$1.44/kgLW.
A 940kg Hereford bull earned $1.94/kgLW. Hereford bulls at 760-780kg made $2.46-$2.47/kgLW and 550-600kg Herefords, $2.34-$2.39/kgLW. A Devon bull at 820kg fetched $2.45/kgLW and Jersey bulls, 540-565kg, $2.12-$2.25/kgLW.
BAY OF PLENTY
With a fairly normal entry for this time of the year, the market at RANGIURU last week was steady but with some very satisfactory results for heavier cattle and younger sorts, the report from PGG Wrightson shows.
Older steers at 666kg made $1520, $2.28/kgLW and $1100-$1200 was needed for steers weighing better than 480kg, $2.18-$2.22/kgLW. Those between 400-480kg sold at $1065-$1100, $2.27-$2.31/kgLW and according to quality 150-250kg steers brought $485-$715, $2.20-$3.13/kgLW while a small line of 91kg steers returned $440, $4.82/kgLW.
Heifers were in short supply, the heavier lots making $910-$998, $2.10-$2.24/kgLW and 388kg heifers fetched $800, $2.06/kgLW. At the other end of the scale, 126-155kg sorts made $490-$540, $3.48-$3.88/kgLW.
A pen of 385kg bulls returned $1040, $2.70/kgLW and R1 bulls over 120kg, made $365-$390, $2.82-$2.85/kgLW while a couple of 630kg bulls in the prime section went for $1470, $2.70/kgLW.
The best of the prime steers made $1010-$1325, $2.08-$2.36/kgLW and solid prime heifers realised $1030-$1200, $2.26-$2.29/kgLW. Weight paid in the boner cow section. $1140-$1320 was paid for cows over 580kg, $1.80-$2.12/kgLW and the biggest group weighing 400-480kg made $575-$780, $1.33-$1.76/kgLW. Weaner heifer returns varied according to quality, the best selling at $880, the lesser types making $245.
A much smaller entry of sheep saw prime lambs reach $115.50 and ewes with lambs at foot $64.50 all-counted.
Close to 500 cattle were offered to a full bench of buyers at TAUPO last Thursday, who in addition to locals had travelled from the Manawatu, King Country, Waikato and Hawke's Bay regions, Shane Scott of Central Livestock reported.
Wet conditions did little to dampen a very buoyant market. With more buyers than cattle available across the country it is a real sellers' market, and Taupo was no exception.
The feature of the yarding was a line of 150 2- and 3-year Angus and Angus-cross steers sold on account of Opepe Farm Trust, Taupo. The 3-year steers made up to $2.50/kgLW for 440kg and a pen of 483kg steers made $2.42/kgLW. The 2-year steers fetched $2.40-$2.60/kgLW with the weight range of 370-420kg. A line of 2-year Angus steers at 392kg made $2.60/kgLW. A line of 2-year Friesian steers at 415kg averaged $2.33/kgLW.
The offering of 1-year steers was small with a line of Herefords at 248kg being the feature at $3.19/kgLW. A line of dairy beef-cross steers at 200kg made $3.13/kgLW. Lesser quality types ranged from $2.73 to $2.96/kgLW. One-year Friesian bulls ranged from $3.15/kgLW for 180-200kg to $2.55 for a pen of 302kg bulls.
One-year heifers stole the day. A line of Angus at 214-208kg made $3.08-$3.15/kgLW, and a line of 170kg Angus-cross made $3.44/kgLW. A quality line of Friesian/Herefords at 227kg made $700 or $3.08/kgLW, and another pen at 200kg made $670 or $3.34/kgLW. Very few lines were under $3/kgLW.
The day ended with some very happy vendors and a good number of buyers going home empty handed.
Prime and local trade cattle are still hard to find in the Waikato, with the market maintaining considerable strength across all classes.
Ox were in short supply at FRANKTON on Tuesday, and some very heavy lots commanded top dollar. Two pens weighing 730 and 790kg made $1584 and $1738, $2.17 and $2.20/kgLW according to the report from NZ Farmers Livestock, and 495kg ox sold at $1074, $2.17/kgLW.
Heifers were in demand from the local trade and made $2.05-$2.45/kgLW, the higher yielding lines making $1020-$1141 and lighter $861-$987. Prime cows, most weighing better than 500kg, sold consistently at $1.60-$1.78/kgLW, returning $882-$1058. Boner cows also made consistent returns of $1.40-$1.57/kgLW, the heavier lots selling at $795-$863, good medium weights making $669-$681 and the lighter lots $529-$595.
Prime lambs continue to bring good money, the best making $115-$133 and others at $102. A few store lambs also brought $110.50 and trade ewes $72-$98.
Wednesday's store sale produced the biggest yarding for many weeks. Close to 800 cattle came forward and the number of buyers also appreciated, drawn by a decent number of R2 steers and also nearly 400 young cattle which made great money, Lynn Collins of PGG Wrightson said. Many lines of R2 steers exceeded $1000, especially the heavier Angus, Hereford and Hereford/Friesian lots. The best of the latter made $1160-$1255, $2.20-$2.28/kgLW. Good Angus sold at $980-$1030, $2.18-$2.37/kgLW and heavy Herefords at $1030- $1180, $2.14-$2.29/kgLW. Best prices for Friesians were $1055 and $1170, $2.23-$2.27/kgLW and the lighter Friesians made $830-$925, $2/08-$2.43/kgLW. A small line of 363kg Hereford/Friesian R1 steers topped the sale at $920, $2.53/kgLW and exactly the same weight Angus/Friesian made $840, $2.31/kgLW.
The better beef-bred lines sold at $605-$730, $2.28-$2.92/kgLW while those less than 200kg sold at $432-$570, $2.47-$3.18/kgLW. Straight Friesians around 200kg fetched $460-$610, $2.40-$3.02/kgLW. Hereford/Friesian made up the bulk of the young bulls, those over 200kg selling at up to $657, $3.11/kgLW and those under 200kg making $450-$605, $2.33-$3.96/kgLW. Lines tipping the scales at less than 100kg fetched $318-$480, $4.36-$5.13/kgLW. Some lines of R1 heifers made as much as $3.47-$4.46/kgLW. They too were whiteface and sold at $325-$410. All weighed under 100kg. Solid Hereford/Friesian heifers at 251kg brought $615, $2.71/kgLW and other weighty lots were $520-$582, $2.92-$2.98/kgLW while a pen of 62kg calves brought $110, $1.77/kgLW. Good R2 heifers at better than 400kg made $910-$970, $1.19-$2.24/kgLW, $540 the lowest price.
Wet conditions dampened the market at STRATFORD last Tuesday, Sandra Engelen of NZ Farmers Livestock reported.
Thirty-month Belted Galloway steers 610kg $2.20/kgLW, 2-year crossbred steers 465kg $2.06/kgLW, 2-year Hereford-cross rig 605kg $2.24/kgLW, in-calf Hereford/Jersey heifers 375kg $1.65/kgLW, Hereford-cross vealer 355kg $2.10/kgLW.
One-year purebred Murray Grey bulls 227.5kg $3.40/kgLW, 1-year purebred Murray Grey steers 250kg $2.30/kgLW, 1-year purebred Murray Grey heifers 266.7kg $2.34/kgLW.
Empty Friesian-cross heifers 460kg $1.80/kgLW, empty Friesian heifers 410-570kg $1.72-$2.02/kgLW, empty Jersey heifers 370kg $1.66/kgLW, empty 3/4 Friesian cows 510kg $1.70/kgLW, empty Friesian cows 460-500kg $1.57-$1.78/kgLW, empty Jersey cows 415kg $1.30/kgLW store Friesian cows 560kg $1.58/kgLW.
In-milk Friesian heifers $1325, in-milk Jersey heifers $900, in-milk Jersey-cross heifers $600, in-milk Friesian cows $1150, in-milk Jersey cows $710-$1150, springing Friesian heifers $1175, springing Jersey heifers $825-$975, in-calf Jersey-cross heifers $1050.
Wednesday's cattle fair at Stratford saw a very strong sale across all classes of cattle, with 800 head yarded. Sheep also sold very well.
Three-year Ayrshire steers 583.3kg $1252, 3-year Red Devon-cross steers 460kg $1020, 3-year purebred Hereford steers 390kg $880, 30-month Angus/Hereford heifers 378-411.3kg $890-$920, 30-month Hereford heifers 382.5kg $910.
Two-year Hereford/Friesian steers 387.8-546.4kg $940-$1270, 2-year Hereford-cross steers 328.3-465kg $770-$1140, 2-year Hereford/Red Devon steers 537kg $1255, 2-year Angus/Friesian steers 405-535kg $950-$1270, 2-year Angus-cross steers 347.5-516.9kg $745-$1200, 2-year Friesian steers 431.3-440kg $820-$870, 2-year Hereford/Friesian heifers 358.8-479.3kg $830-$1070, 2-year Hereford heifers 448.6kg $1010, 2-year Angus/Angus/Hereford heifers 346.5kg $805, 2-year Angus heifers 353.3kg $800.
Twenty-month Angus/Friesian heifers 266kg $690, 20-month Hereford heifers 288.8kg $760, 20-month Hereford/Friesian heifers 289kg $690, 20-month Charolais-cross heifers 332.8kg $812, 15-month Angus heifers 207.8kg $560.
One-year Hereford-cross steers 292kg $700, 1-year Hereford/Friesian steers 198.5kg $675, 1-year Angus/Friesian steers 259kg $780, 1-year Angus steers 173.8kg $605, 1-year purebred Hereford heifers 330kg $790, 1-year Hereford/Friesian heifers 126kg $410, 1-year Angus/Friesian heifers 235-312.5kg $650-$705, R1 Hereford/Friesian steers 214.2-325kg $670-$790.
Prime lambs $109-$124, store lambs $100, mixed-sex Romney lambs $100, lambs $89, SIL ewes $142.
The supply of store lambs appears to be running out, as just 251 head appeared at MATAWHERO last Friday. The total yarding of 1245 was boosted by around 700 in-lamb ewes and, for these there was still a good enquiry. A short entry of prime ewes lost ground, being $8-$10 cheaper. The seasonal closure of the Frasertown plant and pressure on northern plants to process bobby calves may have been a factor in that reduction.
With several days of full sunshine, many flat-land paddocks are due to be turned over, reducing the demand for lambs, and, anyway, we are coming to the end of the season for lambs. The few lambs that did show sold well enough although most would have been in the middle 30kgLW range. Only one line made $100 with mediums at $86-$96 and smaller at $70-$74. Good strong 5-year ewes, scanned single, made $143 and similar mixed-age ewes, also single, changed hands at $112-$140. The bench showed considerable interest in a line of excellent ewe hoggets, scanned singles. They made $130.
A pen of average ewes with very young lambs fetched $60 all-counted. Prime ewes dropped back $8-$10/head to make $70-$82 and a few prime lambs went at $105-$120. Store ewes followed the trend of primes, making $59-$69 for those with some meat and $38-$51 for plainer sorts. A line of empty 2-tooth ewes were $80.
There was a spring-like atmosphere at STORTFORD LODGE last week, with jerseys off and grass really moving, Ian MacEwan of Elders reported, resulting in a lively market for both cattle and lambs.
Cattle numbers were well down at just 122 head but there were some nice sorts displayed. A consignment of nice quality Shorthorn R1 steers made $765-$840, $3.04-$3.24/kgLW, their sisters fetching $650, $2.72/kgLW. Two small lots of R1 heifers traded at $600 and $605, $3.28 and $2.80/kgLW. Beef-bred R2 steers sold freely with $1115 paid for Charolais, $2.23/kgLW and $1080 for Angus/Hereford, $2.41/kgLW, and some Friesian/Jersey making $560, $1.82/kgLW. Similar R1 bulls made $400, $2.45/kgLW and Friesian bulls $710, $3.09/kgLW. The only R2 heifers offered, 13 Hereford/Friesian, fetched $1020, $3.09/kgLW.
The store lambs penned were of good quality and the market steady at current levels, with around 3700 offered. Exporters may have dropped the schedule for heavy lambs but $129.50 was still paid for very solid males, most males making $104-$116. The best of the ewe lambs brought $110-$115 with mediums at $91-$98, and mixed-sex making similar rates. The bulk of the ewe entry were dries, one larger line making $76.50 and a few ewes with lambs at foot brought $75.50-$78.50 all-counted. The only lot SIL sold at $56.
There were two sales in RONGOTEA last week, the first last Tuesday selling a Friesian/Friesian-cross dairy herd, Malcolm Coombe of NZ Farmers Livestock reported.
Top cows sold for up to $1800, with quite a few cows in the $1000-$1200 range and the lower end selling for $600-$1000. There was a good buying bench in attendance for these later calving cows.
There were a few outside entries sold after the herd with Jersey cows making $750-$1000, heifers with calves at foot $800-$900 and medium close to profit heifers $750-$1000.
There were not a lot of older cattle yarded at the regular sale last Wednesday, but what was yarded was sold to an active buying bench.
Two-year steers made $1000-$1100, $2.30-$2.35/kgLW, with other crossbred steers $650-$800, $1.75-$1.85/kgLW. Two-year heifers fetched $780-$970, $2.10/kgLW. A nice line of Angus/Friesian autumn-born weaner heifers returned $395, $4.42/kgLW, and yearling heifers sold in the $490-$560, $2.25-$2.45/kgLW range. Some close to profit heifers made $750-$900, depending on size, with a handful of boner cows making $550-$770, $1.35-$1.50/kgLW.
A handful of ewes with lambs at foot reached $75 all counted, and mixed-sex lambs $95-$115, with the smaller lambs making $70-$80.
A big yarding of calves saw the calf pens overflowing into the cattle pens again. Credit to the vendors for presenting these calves in good condition, holding onto them for five days or more. Prices lifted with top Friesian bulls making $170, while a good number of Friesian bulls were in the $120-$150 range, mediums made $80-$100 and the smaller ones $50-$80.
The top whiteface bulls fetched $200, with a lot around the $170-$200 mark. Smalls made $80-$100. A few Angus-cross bulls sold at up to $160.
Top whiteface heifers made $160-$170, mediums $130-$150, and small $90-$100.
The DANNEVIRKE calf sales sold around 150 calves. Good Friesian bulls made $130-$150, mediums $80-$120, and small $50-$80. Whiteface and beef bulls fetched $180-$200, and whiteface heifers up to $150.
The sheep market at FEILDING last Friday was very small, with only around 3000 head yarded, Chris Hansen of Elders reported.
The top in-lamb ewes made $150-$176. The best of the male lambs fetched $105-$112, with good male lambs at $99-$104. The best of the ewe lambs reached $99-$105.50, and good ewe lambs $94-$99.
Despite the small yarding prices were good, Hansen commented. "It took a very small lamb to sell at less than $90," he said.
It was a very strong cattle market, Darrin Holm of Elders said.
Three-year steers made $2.35-$2.60/kgLW, and 2-year steers $2.40-$2.65/kgLW. Two-year bulls fetched $2.45-$2.50/kgLW.
Yearling steers returned $3-$3.30/kgLW, yearling bulls $3.10-$3.20/kgLW and yearling heifers $2.90-$3.20/kgLW.
A light yarding of store lambs sold on a par with the previous week at CANTERBURY PARK last Tuesday, PGG Wrightson agents reported.
Best store lambs sold for $90-$103, medium $80-$85, light $60-$70. Heavy prime lambs made up to $130, medium $115-$125, light $100.
Prime heifers 465-580kg fetched $2.20-$2.28/kgLW.
Eighteen-month Friesian-cross heifers made $470-$480, yearling Murray Gray heifers $320, yearling Murray Gray bull $320, 18-month Simmental/Charolais steers $1020-$1080.
Heavy prime lambs eased $3 at last Thursday's COALGATE sale, Glenn Peddie of Peter Walsh & Associates reported.
The best of the prime lamb offering made up to $132 while medium and lighter cuts were on par with the previous week. Medium lambs made between $110 and $120, lighter lambs made up to $105.
Prime ewes were also similar to the previous week. Heavy ewes made up to $100, medium $80 to $90 and lighter ewes made up to $70.
There was a tidy line up of store lambs that proved popular with buyers with the best of them making $102. Mediums made between $85 and $95, lighter lambs made up to $80.
Prime cattle were similar to last week. Prime steers made up to $2.31/kgLW and heifers $2.25/kgLW.
In the store cattle section there was a good line up of yearling steers. These were met with firm competition making between $2.30 and $2.80/kgLW.
A rain affected market day saw just 60 prime sheep offered at TINWALD. Due to the small numbers prime lambs lifted in value by $6/head on the previous week but prime ewes eased in price up to $10/head. An outstanding line of station bred, blade shorn store lambs from the Ashburton Gorge met strong demand with good forward well conditioned Poll Dorset ram lambs fetching a top price of $137, PGG Wrightson livestock representatives reported.
The best of the heavy prime lambs sold up to $130 with medium and lighter types earning $100-$115. The best of the prime ewes returned $100 with lighter sorts selling from $60-$87.
In the store lamb sale good forward Poll Dorset X ram lambs fetched $126-$37 with Poll Dorset X ewe lambs earning $106-$131. Merino wether lambs sold from $75-$110 and Merino ewe lambs $66-$70.
Prime steers lifted 5c/kg while all other prime cattle sold on par with the previous sale at TEMUKA. The prime sheep market was back on the previous week with heavy prime lambs easing a further $6/head while prime ewes were also back $4-$6/head for good medium to heavy types. The store cattle sale was down in numbers due to the wet weather and a general shortage of store cattle South Island wide, however heifers had an exceptionally strong sale selling at similar values to steers in a sale of mainly yearling stock, PGG Wrightson livestock manager Joe Higgins reported.
In the store cattle sale, yearling beef and dairy beef steers, 140-257kg, fetched $480-$710, yearling heifers, 150-223kg, $480-$630 and Friesian heifers, 162-213kg, $370-$510. Yearling Friesian bulls 148-255kg sold at $400-$605.
Prime steers 600-850kg earned $2.12-$2.25/kgLW, 450-600kg $2.11-$2.29/kgLW, 400-500kg $2.05-$2.23 and dairy types 500-620kg $2.10-$2.24/kgLW.
Heifers 500-680kg returned $2.00-$2.20/kgLW, 400-500kg $2.00-$2.17/kgLW, 380-450kg $1.85-$1.98kgLW and dairy sorts 380-450kg $1.55-$1.88/kgLW.
Bulls returned 550-800kg $2.20-$2.27/kgLW.
Heavy beef cows 500-800kg realised $1.57-$1.65/kgLW and dairy types 500-750kg $1.40-$1.56/kgLW with poorer sorts 340-500kg earning 80c-$1.40/kgLW.
Forward store lambs fetched $95-$108 while medium types sold from $80-$94 and smaller lambs $60-$79.
Good heavy prime lambs sold from $128-$137, medium $115-$127 and light $108-$117.
Heavy one-shear ewes returned $90-$97, medium $80-$89 and light $65-$75. The best of the adult ewes fetched $87-$100, medium $75-84, medium freezers $65-$74 and light freezer sorts $50-$63.
A good quality lineup of prime lambs was offered at BALCLUTHA last Wednesday, Barry Osborne of PGG Wrightson said, and they sold at similar prices to the previous week. A small yarding of prime ewes also maintained values with good demand.
Heavy prime lambs $108-$124, medium $98-$106, light $90-$96. Heavy ewes $94-$105, medium $84-$92, light $74-$82.
A very small yarding of store lambs was offered, with the good lambs selling well but small lambs difficult to sell, mainly due to cold and wet conditions.
Top woolly store lambs $89, medium $78, light $60. Top shorn store lambs $94, medium $79, light $50.
A medium yarding of prime cattle met with firm demand at LORNEVILLE last Tuesday, with heavy cows selling very well.
Good cows 600-630kg $1.35-$1.44/kgLW, good heifers 450kg $1.70/kgLW, medium cows 430-460kg $1.24-$1.28/kgLW.
There was a good market for all types in a small yarding of store cattle.
Medium 2-year Friesian steers 369kg $770, good 1-year Hereford-cross heifers 234kg $530, light-medium mixed-age Hereford and Murray Gray cows $780-$850.
Very good demand was shown for bobby calves.
Good Hereford-cross bulls $125-$160, good Hereford-cross heifers $90-$100, good Friesian bulls $90-$110, medium Friesian bulls $60-$80.
A small yarding of prime sheep sold in relation to the falling schedule.
Heavy prime lambs $108-$115, medium $100-$107, light $90-$98. Good quality 2-tooths $70-$87, medium $49-$53. Heavy woolly ewes $85-$100, medium $65-$75, light $40-$55. Lower condition ewes $10-$15. Heavy local trade rams $50, medium $30. Top woolly store lambs $95-$100, medium $80-$90, light $70-$85.
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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