PHOTO (above): It was a cracker market today with this pen of Angus X Heifers (and 1 Shorthorn X Heifer) sold by Charles Stewart & Co making the market top of a whopping 502c/kg, returning $1757ph for TN & SL Beaton!


Total Yarding:  393

Prices were higher in a much smaller yarding of 393 mixed quality cattle, down 452 on the previous week. The usual buyers attended but again, not all operated fully. Restockers were very active, purchasing much of the offering. Young cattle sold mainly 20c higher on prices, cows were also 20c dearer with better covered beef breeds 10c to 15c/kg up on last weeks small gains. The grown steers were unchanged to mainly 20c/kg higher.

Vealers sold from 430c to 487c with a mixed sex pen of light weights at 502c, with restockers paying 471c and 480c/kg. The few yearling steers to processors made 395c to 456c while heifers sold from 366c to 413c/kg. Restocker paid 410c to 434c for steers and 395c to 411c/kg for heifers. The plainer quality yearlings were mainly between 290c and 368c with a pen of light weight Friesian heifers to a restocker selling for 396c/kg. The grown steers sold between 348c and 396c with older and heavier steers from 320c to 355c, restockers paid to 428c/kg. The beef breed grown heifers sold from 325c to 365c and restockers paid to 374c/kg.

Better covered beef cows made between 295c and 334c with the few dairy cows showing cover from 260c to 300c/kg. Lean conditioned cows sold at 250c to 276c with the poor to plain conditioned cows from 216c to 248c/kg.

Market Report: Reproduced courtesy of Meat & Livestock Australia Limited. Click HERE for full WVLX market report.

PHOTO (below): Vendor Terry Beaton had the top pen at Mortlake today, pictured with agent Malcolm Hallyburton.