PHOTO: Topping the market today in Mortlake was this Limousin X Heifer and Steer that Charles Stewart Nash McVilly sold on behalf of RE & BJ Stinchcombe for 500c/kg, returning $1650ph (Heifer) and $1770ph (Steer).
Total Yarding: 868
Not all the usual processor buyers operated at the Prime Market in Mortlake on the average to good quality penning of 868 cattle, 475 more than at the last regular market two weeks ago. Cows lost all of their pre-Easter rise to be mainly 20c to 30c cheaper with the better beef cows 10c to 15c/kg lower. The grown steers were back by 5c to 12c/kg and young cattle sold on an easier trend despite restockers being quite active.
Processors paid from 468c to 481c for vealers, with two at 500c and restockers paid 420c to 480c/kg. The yearlings sold between 352c and 439c and restockers paid 356c to 455c/kg. The plain and dairy bred yearlings made between 280c and 330c for most and up to 390c/kg from restockers.
The grown steers were of better quality than at the last sale and sold from 350c to 385c for most with lighter weights to 424c/kg. Restockers paid to 414c and the older bullocks made 320c to 355c/kg. Beef bred grown heifers sold between 332c and 368c/kg. Beef cows made 280c to 322c with the few better covered dairy cows from 240c to 290c/kg. The lean conditioned cows were between 220c and 250c and the few poorer conditioned cows made 180c to 206c/kg. The three good beef bulls sold for 276c, 278c and 282c/kg.