PHOTO: Elders Kerr & Co sold the Limousin X steer in this pen for the market top today of 390c/kg, $1817ph on behalf of Kelvin Rethus. The rest of the pen sold for 343c/kg, with the shoulder steer returning $1303ph for Kelvin Rethus and the other 5 Angus X steers making $1468ph for C Baulch.

Mortlake agents yarded 2,761 cattle at this week’s WVLX prime market representing a similar number to the previous market. The top end reflected a good yarding over most categories there was however a fair percentage of the cattle displaying the effects of the drying conditions and this was clearly evident with the trade weights available. Grown cattle and bullocks carried good weight, same with the cow offering that had a good mix of beef and dairy types. There were additional lighter weights on offer compared to last week. Two major processors were absent from the market that lacked motivation and the results were softer over most categories by 20 to 30c/kg, more in places on plainer types.   

Vealers were selling from 300c to 390c/kg. Trade weight steers and heifers made between 265c and 366c/kg. Grown cattle topped at 330c with manufacturing steers selling up to 275c/kg. Heavy beef cows sold from 200c to 255c/kg with the medium weights from 160c to 190c/kg. Covered dairy breeds were generally between 170c and 215c/kg with grown beef bulls to 230c/kg.

Market Report: Reproduced courtesy of Meat & Livestock Australia Limited. Click HERE for full WVLX market report.