PHOTO: DW & SE Ryan sold this pen of Angus bullocks at WVLX Mortlake through Brian O’Halloran & Co for a top of 322c/kg, averaging $2019ph.
Total Yarding: 1,325
A significant increase in numbers this week at the WVLX Mortlake market with a total 1,325 head being a jump of 490 units on last week’s market. The quality varied from good to plain, the reason being the effects of the winter. 430 grown cattle were on offer with 300 trade, 600 cows along with 10 bulls. A large percentage of Dairy cows were penned in preference to beef breeds with the majority being medium weights with less cover. The grown cattle on offer were mainly dairy bred manufacturing steers. Most of the regular buyers attended and some did not operate fully.
Restocker and feeder operators were active on the suitable trade types. A good number of plainer conditioned beef cows returned to the paddock. There was more urgency in the bidding where the market for grown steers remained firm to slightly dearer by 5c to 10c/kg. All trade cattle remained firm to slightly dearer as well. Manufacturing steers were 10c to 20c/kg stronger, beef cows remained firm and dairy cows gained 10c to 15c/kg.
Trade steers and heifers made between 300c and 340c/kg. Grown cattle topped at 336c/kg with manufacturing steers sold from 220c to 256c/kg. Good beef cows realized 210c to 258c/kg, medium weights 180c to 230c/kg with the dairy cows making between 185c to 230c/kg. Grown beef bulls topped at 258c/kg.