PHOTO: AR & W Gellie presented this pen of Angus cows at WVLX Mortlake that HF Richardson sold for a top of 188c/kg, averaging $1462ph.
Numbers were back this week at WVLX Mortlake where 900 cattle were penned representing a decrease of some 400 cattle from last week’s market. Trade cattle were mixed with bullocks and manufacturing types maintaining quality. Cows had a good mix of beef and dairy breeds and were similar in quality to previous markets, however 200 fewer were lined up for buyers where a few regulars did not operate at all on an offering that comprised 280 grown cattle, 300 trade and 300 cows along with 18 bulls.
Trade cattle were easier in places by 10c/kg. Grown and manufacturing cattle were softer by 10c to 25c/kg with lighter cows softer by 20c to 30c/kg. Better beef cows and dairy types remained firm whilst beef bulls slipped 15c/kg.
The good vealers on offer made from 145c to 235c/kg. Trade steers and heifers were making from 165c to 235c/kg. Grown cattle topped at 220c/kg whilst manufacturing steers were selling between 162c and 189c/kg. Better beef cows were making from 165c to 188c/kg with the medium weights made from 140c to 178c/kg. Dairy cows sold from 145c to 178c/kg with grown beef bulls to 216c/kg and dairy bulls to 202c/kg.