PHOTO: These great Murray Grey bullocks fetched a top of 320c/kg at WVLX Mortlake today under the Brian O’Halloran hammer, averaging $2115ph for IG & BA Boyd.
Total Yarding: 1,465
Mortlake agents penned 1,465 cattle at this week’s market, an increase of 140 head from last week’s offering. It was a mixed quality yarding consisting of plainer types due to seasonal conditions. The cow market was dominated by dairy breeds with the beef types on offer being of medium weight with limited cover. The grown cattle on offer again were dominated by manufacturing dairy types. Not all buyers attending operated at full capacity. Feeder and restocker interest was evident on the beef breeds. The plainer cows on offer, a lot returned to the paddock.
The market for grown cattle lost 10c/kg, most trade cattle on offer remained firm although the secondary types did soften by 10c/kg. Manufacturing steers were 10c to 20c/kg softer. Beef cows remained firm to slightly dearer with the dairy types also firm however the very light cows were back 10c/kg.
The market comprised 390 grown cattle, 400 trade with 660 cows along with 20 bulls. A small number of vealers on offer made to a top of 428c/kg. Trade steers and heifers made from 300c to 380c/kg with the grown types topping at 320c/kg. Manufacturing steers sold from 200c to 238c/kg. Good beef cows made from 210c to 264c/kg, the medium weights 180c to 230c/kg with the dairy cows realizing from 185c to 238c/kg. Grown Bulls topped at 220c/kg.