PHOTO: These Angus X bullocks on account of DP & AI Clifford fetched a top of 328c/kg under the Nutrien Ag hammer at WVLX Mortlake, averaging $1796ph at the weekly prime cattle sale.
Total Yarding: 1,028
Mortlake agents yarded 1030 cattle this week representing an increase of some 290 head from a fortnight ago. The quality overall was mixed ranging from good to plainer types with a percentage showing the effects of winter particularly amongst the trade cattle. There was a good mix of beef and dairy breeds available.
Most buyers were present however not all operated. Restricted restocker interest was noted with the majority of the grown steers and some trade types purchased by feeders. The market for grown cattle remained firm to slightly dearer. Trade cattle were 20c to 30c/kg softer. Good heavy cows gained 10c to 15c/kg with all other cows remaining firm with some returning to the paddock. 200 grown cattle, 400 trade and 430 cows were yarded.
A selection of vealers on offer made from 265c to 312c/kg. Trade steers and heifers made between 244c and 328c/kg. Grown cattle topped at 310c/kg however, feeders paid up to 328c/kg. Good heavy beef cows sold from 190c to 235c/kg with medium weights from 145c to 175c/kg. Dairy cows sold from 180 to 205c/kg. Grown beef bulls topped at 205c/kg.