PHOTO: Heifers were in demand today in Mortlake with these Angus X girls sold by Nutrien Ag making the market top of a very handy 478c/kg, returning $1777ph for Glynbrae Pastoral Company.
Total Yarding: 563
The larger yarding of 563 cattle in Mortlake, 223 more, was again of plain to good quality and attracted the usual following of buyers. Prices for young cattle were mainly 5c to 20c/kg cheaper with restockers continuing to purchase most of the offering. Grown steers were few in number and sold at firm levels, quality on quality. The beef cows held their prices but dairy and plain conditioned cows averaged 10c/kg cheaper.
The few vealers made 390c to 454c with the best of those to restockers up to 478c/kg. Yearlings were mostly between 350c and 470c with the plain and dairy bred from 275c to 380c/kg.
The few better covered grown steers made 399c to 424c and restockers paid marginally more than last week with prices from 380c to 430c and up to 450c/kg. Beef bred grown heifers were from 333c to 396c/kg.
Beef cows sold from 310c to 341c with the dairy cows from 245c to 260c/kg. Leaner dairy cows made 230c to 260c and poor to plain conditioned types were between 200c and 230c/kg. Beef bulls were of plain to average quality and sold from 220c to 244c with a better single at 270c/kg.