Tuesday Daily Livestock Report

AUSTRALIA - Numbers increased moderately at Toowoomba Elders and values generally improved for the last sale of the year, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.
calendar icon 14 December 2010
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Meat & Livestock Australia

Light and medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged between 213¢ and 222¢/kg. Medium yearling heifers to feed made around 203¢ as the trade paid 208¢/kg. Heavyweight grown steers and bullocks mostly sold around 194¢ as cows eased 3¢ to 4¢ with most of the medium weights averaging 134¢/kg.

Supply increased at Tamworth despite flooding in the area. Lightweight vealer heifers to the trade averaged 241¢/kg. Lightweight yearling steers to restock made 225¢ as the medium weights to slaughter averaged 207¢/kg. Yearling heifers back to the paddock made around 209¢ as heavyweights to slaughter averaged 210¢/kg. Heavyweight grown steers gained 2¢ to average 183¢ while medium cows slipped 3¢ to 140¢/kg.

At Wagga numbers eased with some harvesting recommencing. Medium weight yearling steers to feeders averaged 210¢ with the heavyweights making around 195¢/kg. Heavyweight yearling heifers were 3¢ dearer around 184¢/kg. Heavyweight grown steers were firm on 181¢ as medium cows sold around 147¢ and the heavyweights averaged 150¢/kg.

After Monday's markets the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) had gained 8¢ for the week to settle on 388.75¢/kg cwt. The trade steer indicator finished 1¢ higher on 201¢ and feeder steer gained 2¢ to 204¢/kg lwt. Japan ox improved 4¢ to 187¢ and medium cow was steady on 144¢/kg lwt.

Lamb numbers increased at Dubbo and quality was mixed. Heavy trade weights mainly sold from $124 to $136/head, with the shorn pens averaging 536¢/kg cwt. Heavy lambs were firm on $142/head or 540¢/kg cwt. Heavy Merino ewes topped at $126 and averaged $122/head.

Fewer lambs were penned at Hamilton, with quality showing the effects of the wet weather. Light lambs to restockers gained up to $10, with most pens settling on $106/head. The 3 score trade pens averaged from $117 to $125, while the better conditioned 4 scores settled at $131/head or 499¢/kg cwt.

Both sheep and lamb numbers eased at Ballarat, yet shorn lamb numbers increased. The 4 score trade lambs were stable, selling from $123 to $135/head, averaging around 492¢/kg cwt. Heavy shorn lambs were highly sought after, peaking at $167/head. Medium weight Merino ewes were mainly $8/head dearer, settling at 473¢/kg cwt.

At the conclusion of Monday's markets the eastern states restocker lamb indicator had gained 20¢ for the week - to 573¢/kg cwt. Merino lamb was 17¢ dearer on 474¢, while light lamb prices lifted by 12¢ - to 509¢/kg cwt. Trade lamb was 6¢ dearer on 506¢ and heavy lambs were 11¢ higher on 505¢/kg cwt. Mutton was unchanged on 435¢/kg cwt.

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