PHOTO: Southern Grampians Livestock knocked down the first pen of the day at today’s prime market, which also happened to be the top pen of Steers, with these Angus beauties selling for a high 320c/kg, $1696ph (ave weight 530kg).

Total Yarding: 319

Numbers eased by half this week at Mortlake to 319 head. The offering was mixed, in a plainer quality yarding than the previous week. Not all processors were present or active at today’s sale. Due to the quality offered and low numbers in the trade section, the market was saw an overall cheaper trend. Similar to last week, there were some very good beef cows offered, with cows in all grades easing by 20c/kg this week. The yarding consisted of 173 cows, 119 trade cattle, 8 bullocks and 18 bulls. 

Yearling steers to the trade sold from 238c to 330c, with heifers to the trade making from 271c to 296c/kg. Restockers and feeders paid up to 285c/kg for suitable lines. 

Grown steers C3 and C4 types made from 248c to 320c, with the heifer portion selling from 250c to 270c/kg in a much plainer quality yarding. Manufacturing bullocks sold to 266c/kg. There was a very good selection of C3 and C4 beef cows this week, however competition was smaller and most cows sold to a cheaper trend of 20c/kg. Heavy 3 and 4 score cows sold from 240c to 274c, with light cows making from 190c to 244c/kg. Bulls eased 20c to sell from 195c to 260c/kg.

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

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