THE HAMMER FALLS: Auctioneer Isaac Hill takes the bids for GJ Hulm at the Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre during the sheep and lamb sale.
WAGGA CATTLE MARKET: Vendors sold 3365 head and the better finished vealers to slaughter made from 298c to 344c/kg. The better finished medium trade weight trade steers were keenly sought by feedlots and domestic processorswhich resulted in a dearer trend of 3c/kg. Prime C3 medium weight steers made from 325c to 347c/kg.
Demand from restockers contributed to a dearer trend of up to 36c for plainer lines of steers and heifers. Plainer lines sold from 224c to 308c/kg. The better lines of light weight steers soldmadefrom 300c to 336c to average 313c/kg.Well-bred medium weight C2 yearling steers were well supplied and this category was keenly sought by several major feedlots,with prices rising 9c to average 330c/kg. Secondary heifers to place on feed sold to stronger competition, with lighter weight heifers making from 285c to 315c/kg. Secondary lines of medium weight heifers sold 7c higher toaverage 299.2c/kg.
Strongerdemand from all southern processors for supplementary fed or crop finished steers and bullocks pushed prices 9c to 23c/kghigher. The better quality pens of prime finished C3 and C4 steers made from 315c to 345.2c/kg. Heavy grown heiferssupplementary fed or crop finished ignited bidding frequently throughout the sale with prices lifting up to 36c/kg.
The bettershaped younger lines made from 310c to 336.4c/kg.
Heavy cows sold to much stronger demand from most southern processors. Well finished types averaged 267.6c/kg. The bulk ofthe leaner grades lifted 7c to 9c, with the D3 medium weight cows averaging 243c/kg.
WAGGA SHEEP MARKET:Extraheavy lambs sold to a top of $197 at the Wagga market.Vendors sold a total of33,000 sheep and lambs and numbers weremarginally higher.About 2000 new season lambs were penned along witha few extra pens of younger shornlambs which were supplementary fed.
There wasseveral producers looking to rebuild ewe flocks and buyers paid $125.60 to $137/head.Medium and heavy new season trade lambs made from $132 to $151/head to average 610c/kg cwt.Medium and heavy old trade lambs were well supplied to average 600c/kg cwt. The better finished heavy trade lambs rangedfrom $144 to $168/head.
There were several drafts of exceptional Merino lambs offered which ignited bidding from both exportand domestic processors. Well finished Merino trade lambs made from $121 to $154 with a pen of extra heavy Merino lambstopping at $168.20/head. Light lambs to the processor fell $6 to $7, making from $72 to $114/head.
Heavy export lambs were in shorter supply which aided the slightly dearer trend. Heavy and extra heavy lambs sold from $154to $197/head to average 585c/kg cwt.Mutton numbers increased and quality was mixed to quite good, with plenty of weight across the offering. Ewe mutton suitablefor the trade was in reasonable supply and made from $72 to $104/head or 380c to 426c/kg cwt.