PHOTO: The Black Baldy steer in this pen topped the Mortlake market today when it went under the Elders Kerr & Co hammer for a high 600c/kg, returning $1524ph for K Tweddle.

Total Yarding: 451

The same reduced field of buyers operated on the similar sized, mixed but mainly good quality offering of 451 cattle, 12 more at the Mortlake prime market. Demand was strong for some restocking young cattle but the others overall averaged 20c/kg cheaper amongst fluctuating competition. Grown steers were 10c to 20c cheaper and the cows together with grown heifers lost 40c to 50c/kg.

Most better quality young cattle sold between 380c and 450c to processors and from 390c to 535c to restockers with top sales of theirs at 596c and 600c/kg. Plainer quality and dairy bred young cattle were mainly between 290c and 390c/kg.

Well covered grown steers made 434c to 466c with restockers paying to 480c/kg. Older and heavier bullocks were at 385c and 400c while Friesians sold for 320c and 340c/kg. The beef bred grown heifers were from 368c to 412c and restockers paid to 428c/kg.

There was a large percentage of beef cows and they sold from 314c to 375c while the few dairy cows made 318c and 320c with poor to plain quality from 214c to 280c/kg.  Beef bulls were from 345c to 366c/kg.

Market Report: Reproduced courtesy of Meat & Livestock Australia Limited. Click HERE for full WVLX market report.