PHOTO: Three buyers all vie for the winning bid on this pen of Hereford Cows at today’s prime market in Mortlake, with cows up on average from last week. In general, there were more cattle numbers this week which brought more buyers and stronger competition across the board!

Total Yarding: 386

Agents yarded 386 cattle at Mortlake today, almost doubling last week’s numbers. The quality of the yarding was overall very good with a nice selection of quality yearling and grown cattle. All the regular buyers and processors were in attendance plus an additional three operators. Competition was strong on an overall dearer market, especially for trade cattle. The offering consisted of 18 bullocks, 105 steers, 87 heifers, 111 cows, and 5 bulls. 

3 score yearling steers to the trade, made from 260 to 295c/kg. 3 score heifers made from 269 to 289c, being 20c/kg dearer on last week. 

C3 and C4 grown steers sold from 272c to 315c and the heifer portion made from 278c to 302c, being 30c/kg dearer on last week. The 111 cows offered were primarily beef bred heavy weight C3 cows. These made from 232c to 250c, to be 5c/kg cheaper. The medium D2 cows made from 170c to 225c being firm on last week and the light 1 score cows made from 140c to 170c/kg to be firm on last week’s sale. Bulls with shape sold from 220c to 246c, being 20c/kg cheaper this week.

Market Report: Reproduced courtesy of Meat & Livestock Australia Limited.

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