PHOTO: Elders Kerr & Co sold this pen of Angus bullocks at WVLX Mortlake for a top of 260c/kg, with the loiner returning $1518ph for Bowes Kelly Pastoral and the no marker making $1628ph for JW & CK McMahon.

Total Yarding: 946

A large increase in numbers for this week’s WVLX Mortlake cattle market where 946 head were yarded. Both cows and trade numbers doubled and there was also a general improvement in quality. There was a good mix of dairy and beef breeds in the cow lineup and better quality on offer more so for the heavy end. The bullock run was dominated by manufacturing types with quality in places. Not all regular buyers operated to full capacity on an offering that consisted of 230 grown cattle, 390 trade and 310 cows with 18 grown bulls. Feeder interest was subdued and store competition was cautious over the trade cattle due to the price reduction.

The market showed resilience to be firm over most categories with the exception of the yearling heifers which were softer by 15c/kg. Trade steers and heifers made from 190c to 280c/kg. Grown cattle topped at 260c/kg and manufacturing steers sold from 145c to 212c/kg. Better type beef cows sold from 150c to 182c/kg with the medium weights selling between 120c and 145c/kg. Dairy cows were generally selling between 140c and 160c/kg. Beef bulls sold to 200c and the dairy bulls to 180c/kg.

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