PHOTO: Southern Grampians Livestock sold this impressive line of around 70 dairy chopper cows at today’s prime market in Mortlake, with their top pen of 11 Friesian Cows reaching 204c/kg with an average weight of 711.8kg. 

Total Yarding: 192

There was 192 cattle yarded at Mortlake as most of the buying group was present as they operated in a slightly stronger market overall. The selection of young cattle was mixed with a few pens in the sale of better quality suiting the trade, a limited number of grown steers penned as the cows made up over half the offering with the majority dairy bred. The sale consisted of approximately 30 young cattle, 12 grown steers, 21 grown heifers, 109 cows and 20 bulls.

The well finished trade cattle averaged close to equal with most of the young and grown cattle selling unchanged to a few cents easier in a couple of sales.The good beef cows were from firm up to 10c stronger and dairy bred cows showed more demand selling between 6c and 13c/kg dearer. Bulls also sold to a dearer trend of 5c to 10c/kg.

The C2 and C3 yearlings to the processors sold from 262 to the market top of 280c/kg as restockers and feeders paid mostly 200c to 256c/kg for their store younger cattle. The few pens of grown steers sold from 240c to 255c/kg, good quality grown heifers made 235c to 261c/kg and a pen of grown Friesian heifers made 210c/kg. Most light E1 and D1 cows made 140c to 186c/kg, well covered D2 dairy bred cows sold from 192c to 204c/kg and the heavy beef cows of D and C grades sold from 225c to the cow top price of 260c/kg. Heavy beef bred bulls were from 250c to 258c/kg.

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

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