PHOTO: Brendan O’Brien had the market top pen today at WVLX Mortlake with these Angus steers fetching 300c/kg under the J & J Kelly hammer, making $1425ph.
Total Yarding: 1,330
WVLX Mortlake selling agents yarded 1,330 head being an increase of some 360 on the previous week’s market. The offering of grown cattle included more manufacturing type steers with the trade cattle falling away in quality. Feeder interest was sound with a good number of suitable beef breeds in the trade cattle which were purchased by feeder operators. A good offering of both beef and dairy type cows were available for most of the regular buyers that were present but not operating fully. The market comprised 445 grown cattle, 330 trade types and 530 cows along with 26 grown bulls.
The market was very subdued resulting in a cheaper market overall with last week’s gains lost over most categories in the vicinity of 20c to 30c/kg with the heavy grown cattle were the least affected. A small number of vealers to the trade sold to 275c/kg. Trade steers and heifers made between 210c and 276c/kg. Grown cattle topped at 299c/kg with manufacturing steers selling from 178c to 245c/kg. Better covered beef cows sold from 200c to 244c/kg with the medium weights from 150c to 190c/kg. Dairy cows were generally between 150c and 205c/kg. Grown beef bulls reached 234c/kg.