PHOTO: TJ McSween had this great pen of Speckle Park steers that topped the market in Mortlake today, with the best 3 in the pen making 440c/kg under the Elders Kerr & Co hammer, returning $1716ph.

Total Yarding: 583

A dramatic decrease in numbers to 580 head yarded at Mortlake this week from the previous week’s high, being some 680 head less mainly due the start of some short weeks. It was a mixed offering and was plainer than the previous week’s market. There were considerably more Dairy stock on offer throughout most categories. Not all processors operated but there was increased restocker interest. 275 trade, 280 cows and 30 grown cattle made up the offering.   

Despite lower volumes & quality the market remained fully firm and and in places was 5 to 10c/kg dearer for the trade cattle and more so for the well covered trade heifers. Manufacturing steers were firm. The heavy cows and well covered dairy cows were 20c/kg stronger. 

The pick of the veal made from 420c to 440c/kg whilst yearling steers and heifers made from 340c to 430c/kg. Grown steers and heifers topped at 368c/kg and manufacturing steers topped at 330c/kg. Good heavy beef cows sold from 280c to 326c/kg, medium weights 225c to 245c/kg whilst covered dairy cows sold from 250c to 275c/kg. Beef bulls sold to 250c/kg. 

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