Lamb prices rise, ewe prices fall

At Dubbo last Thursday 3460 prime cattle penned in a fairly good quality yarding with good numbers of trade cattle, a good selection of cows and limited numbers of heavy steers. Trade young cattle rose 9 cents, young feeders gained 4 to 6 cents. Restocker steers which were limited reached 380 cents per kg, heavy steers improved 8 cents, heavy heifers topped at 316 cents, most grades of cows were firm to 2 cents cheaper.

Quotations: calves 320 to 328, steer vealers 295 to 380, heifer vealers 282 to 352, steer yearlings 291 to 356, heifer yearlings 242 to 347, heavy steers 270 to 351, bullocks 284 to 338, heavy heifers 240 to 343, light cows 220, medium cows 185 to 250, heavy cows 180 to 269, bulls 240 to 344.

On Friday at CTLX Carcoar 4 257 store cattle penned with a good run of weaner cattle and limited numbers of yearlings. A larger number of PTIC cows were on offer. Medium weight weaner steers fell $70 to $80, weaner heifers lost $50 to $60, 2211 weaner steers sold from $565 to $1555 to sell from 300 cents to 552 cents per kg. weaner heifers ranged from $485 to $1170 or 307 cents to 471 cents per kg, yearling steers traded from $830 to $1360 to avg about 332 cents per kg, heifer yearlings realised $810 to $1260, PTIC heifers made from $1225 to $1690, PTIC cows sold from $800 to $2200, cows and calves ranged from $950 to $2600, unjoined cows traded from $760 to $1600.

At Dubbo on Monday 22 240 lambs penned in a good quality yarding with a good selection of trade, heavy lambs, White Dorpers and lighter Merinos. Processor light lambs rose $3 to $5, trade lambs were firm to $4 dearer, heavy lambs gained $6 to $8, Merino lambs improved $7, first cross ewe lambs sold to the restockers to $156 and fatteners reached $124, hoggets topped at $174.

Quotations: light lamb $40 to $125, medium lamb $114 to $132, heavy lamb $122 to $156, supermarket lamb $139 to $179, export lamb $171 to $210.

10 680 mutton penned in a much plainer quality yarding with a larger percentage of lightweight sheep.

The market fell $7 to $10 compared to the recent very strong markets. Quotations: light ewes $35 to $90, medium ewes $75 to $131, heavy ewes $114 to $189, light wethers $53 to $99, medium wethers $95 to $139, heavy wethers $128 to $180, rams $75 to $136, ram lambs $72 to $86.

Schute Bell report that last week’s sale started positively with the previous week’s gains being maintained.

The second day of sales consisted of falling prices with most micron categories losing as the day progressed. Hardest hit were the lower style types particularly those with a higher percentage of vegetable fault. 31 915 bales were sold nationally with a passed in rate climbing to 16.1% especially in Freemantle where 25% of the offering was unsold the next few sales should be around the 30 000 bale mark. It was interesting to see re-offered wool making up 12% of last week’s market. The Northern Regional Indicator closed at 1615 cents per kg clean, a fall of 24 cents.