Tasmania market summary

15 October 2015


Cattle

There was a larger yarding of trade and export cattle at Powranna and Killafaddy on Tuesday with 42% being cows. The extra numbers gave buyers more selection in the trade section and most averages were 30¢ to 40¢/kg lower, while most export prices were also easier.

  • Most yearling steers made 276¢ to 298¢, while restockers paid 242¢ to 296¢/kg.
  • The best yearling heifers sold for 260¢ to 291¢, while the second run made 210¢ to 260¢/kg.

There were very small numbers of grown steers and heifers but a larger yarding of 114 cows with almost half being heavy beef types.

  • Most averages were a few cents cheaper with restockers paying 150¢ to 168¢ for light D1 cows, while heavy beef cows made 214¢ to 238¢ and leaner types made 180¢ to 195¢/kg, to the exporters.

Sheep

There was a larger yarding of lambs at Powranna and Killafaddy on Tuesday with fewer new seasons and many more old lambs included. New season lambs sold to a similar market, while most old lamb prices eased $4 to $10/head with light lambs most affected.

There was a mixed yarding of mutton and although all regular exporters attended not all operated and prices were generally easier and in particular heavy ewes which attracted limited competition.

  • Restockers bought new seasons lambs for $85 to $103, while the trade paid $100 to $122 for trade pens and $120 to $133/head for heavy lambs.
  • Exporters paid $69 to $76 for light old lambs with trade lambs making $82 to $109 and a few heavy pens sold from $105 to $128/head.
  • Light ewes made $58 to $61, while medium weights sold from $35 to $77 and heavy over conditioned ewes sold from $40 to $47/head.

Note: All yardings and prices referenced from MLA reported saleyards.

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