PHOTO: Owen Simpson, partner Kate McCosh and children Ethan (3) and Zara (18mths) of Nullawarre were onsite at the WVLX store sale today to buy cattle.

Mortlake’s fortnightly store sale yarded just over 2000 head of mixed quality, with a large portion of the yarding plainer secondary types mostly consisting of crossbred and dairy bred cattle. There was a smaller field of buyers present with some interest from Gippsland and South Australia but most selling to local restockers and processors. The better quality cattle sold to 40c cheaper to a fortnight ago, but gained 6c to 10c on the same comparison market a month ago. Secondary and plainer types sold 10c to 20c cheaper with quality being a factor.

A limited offering of Angus steers, selling from 280c to 350c for the better quality and the secondary types sold from 218c to 275c/kg.  Euro cross steers sold from 205c to 294c/kg. Angus x Friesian steers sold from 172c to 328c, Friesian steers made from 102c to 192c/kg. Crossbred steers made from 130c to 254c/kg.

Angus heifers sold from 280c to 328c for the better quality and the plainer secondary types sold from 132c to 245c/kg. Euro cross heifers sold from 208c to 280c/kg.  Angus x Friesian heifers sold from 172c to 320c, and Crossbred heifers made from 135c to 185c/kg.   PTIC heifers sold from $680 to $875 and PTIC Cows from $650 to $1240, with one Speckle Park cow selling to $1700/head. Cow and Calf units made from $660 to $1700 for Angus and Angus X Cows, Other Euro breeds sold from $840 to $1600/unit. There were 6 stud bulls sold to make from $3200 to $5500/head.

Market Report: Reproduced courtesy of Meat & Livestock Australia Limited (market reporter Sheona Lamb). Click HERE for full WVLX market report.