Total Yarding: 228

There were 228 mixed quality cattle penned presenting to a smaller field of buyers at today’s cattle market in Mortlake. Demand and competition was keen aided by restocker activity. Prices for vealers lifted 10c to 15c/kg while yearlings averaged unchanged with steers slightly dearer and heifers easing. The better bred grown steers averaged 5c higher to processors but restockers paid up to 30c/kg more. Beef cows averaged 20c/kg better.

Most of the good quality vealers went to processors and restockers for between 500c and 550c/kg. The yearling steers made 450c to 520c with the best at 548c/kg to a processor. Yearling heifers sold from 425c to 490c and a restocker paid to 516c/kg. Plain quality yearlings were from 280c to 380c/kg. Several pens of light weight bulls sold to restockers from 290c to 434c/kg.

Processors paid 425c to 450c for grown steers and restockers paid 410c to 490c/kg. The manufacturing grades of grown steers were from 302c to 332c and the better bred and finished grown heifers made 410c to 431c/kg.

Well covered beef cows were from 310c to 328c and leaner types made 218c and 270c/kg. Plain quality dairy cows sold from 160c to 215c/kg.

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