Tasmania market summary

23 July 2015


There was a much larger yarding of trade and export cattle at Powranna and Killafaddy, with 60% being cows. The quality of trade cattle was generally poor as the very cold weather continues and, with less competition, most yearlings averaged 15¢ to 30¢/kg cheaper than last week's very strong prices.

Most yearling steers made from 229¢ to 254¢ and heifers sold from 208¢ to 264¢/kg.

There were 50 grown steers, bullocks and grown heifers and all met a stronger market, with the heifers averaging 16¢/kg higher. Grown steers made 218¢ to 261¢, while bullocks returned 233¢ to 246¢ and heavy grown heifers made between 214¢ and 228¢/kg.

There was a better quality yarding of 203 cows and all met a dearer market with light and medium weight cows improving 15¢ to 25¢/kg. Light and medium D1 cows sold for 157¢ to 179¢, while D2 cows made from 181¢ to 208¢/kg. Medium weight D3 beef cows returned 194¢ to 225¢/kg. Heavy beef cows sold from 200¢ to 226¢/kg.


There was a similar number of lambs and mutton penned at Killafaddy and Powranna, with most lamb prices improving $2 to $4, while most mutton averages were $2 to $3/head cheaper.

Exporters and wholesalers paid $70 to $100 for light lambs and $90 to $114/head for light trade pens.

Good quality trade lambs were scarce and sold for $116 to $140, while heavy lambs made $140 to $148 and extra heavy lambs returned $146 to $152/head.

The very small one score ewes sold from $20 to $42, while very light sheep with some cover made $40 to $68/head. Light ewes sold from $57 to $71 and medium weights $69 to $86/head.

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