PHOTO: These Angus X Cows fetched a top of 256c/kg at the Mortlake saleyards under the Nutrien Ag hammer, returning $1784ph for Stony View Partners.
Total Yarding: 1,043
Mortlake agents yarded 1,040 cattle this week representing an increase of 240 head on the previous market. The offering was of a better standard of grown cattle and included some well finished grain-feds. Younger cattle are still showing the effects of the winter with a good mixture of beef and dairy types and less manufacturing cattle available to a buying panel not operating to full capacity. The yarding consisted of 160 grown, 440 trade and 425 cows along with 14 grown bulls.
Feeder interest was sound with a good number of beef breeds in the trade cattle purchased by feeder operators. The market for most categories of cattle remained firm with the exception of secondary types that were easier by 10c to 20c/kg. Trade steers and heifers made between 256c and 373c/kg. Grown cattle topped at 296c/kg and manufacturing steers were selling from 200c to 255c/kg. Better type beef cows sold from 200c to 256c/kg with the medium weights between 175c and 200c/kg. Dairy cows were generally making between 160c and 233c/kg. Grown beef bulls topped at 240c/kg.