Mortlake prices hover around recent levels

Mortlake prices hover around recent levels


Light cattle light up Mortlake sale as local buyers get stuck in.


A yarding just shy of 1300 at the Western Victorian Livestock Exchange at Mortlake presented to a large crowd in winter conditions - both weather and stock-wise.

The yarding of well-bred cattle "lacked a bit of condition" due to the stage of the season.

WVLX associated agents president Glenn Judd said grown steers sold to 352 cents a kilogram or $1688 on a per head basis.

He said numbers had increased in recent days.

He said the top pen at 352c/kg was a little lower than the bigger lines and better condition cattle of the previous sale that made 356c/kg.

"Just that little bit of condition pulled it back a fraction today," he said.

"The weighed weaner section sold from 330-346c/kg.


Mr Judd said there was strong demand for lighter cattle with the open-auction steers were well bred but lacked condition. These sold to $1030. The open auction heifers sold to $895.

"The open auction job was a good $100 dearer," Mr Judd said.

The buying support was spread among feedlotters, restockers and grass fatteners from South Australia to South Gippsland. Local districts competed strongly throughout.

Elders Deniliquin, NSW, also put together suitable cattle from the grown steer section.

Midfield Meats also operated on cattle suitable for its needs.

The top priced pen on a liveweight basis was a pen of 37 Angus steers, account Lynce, weighing 387kg that made 352c/kg or $1364 a head.

Best presented pen of steers went to Trevor Sadler and these made 350c/kg or $1521 on weights of 434kg.

Kelly Livestock forwarded a pine of Angus steers with a pen of 11 weighing 487kg selling for 346c/kg or $1585. Another pen of 16, 442kg, sold for 345c/kg or $1525.

P & GL Thomas forwarded a pen of 13 Angus steers, 411kg, that made 335c/kg, or $1377.

Selling to Gippsland was a pen of 14 Angus steers sold account Homebush Pastoral, that weighed 330kg and sold for 346c/kg or $1144.

Twenty-six steers, 346kg, sold account Ross for 347c/kg or $1203.

Loch Namo sold Angus and Charolais steers wtiht eh best of its steers being a pen of nine, 339kg that made 330c/kg or $1118. The same vendor sold 10 Charolais steers, 16-18 months, 397kg for 310c/kg or $1230.

C Buchanan sold nine Hereford steers, 433kg, for 290c/kg or $1256 while the Murnane Family Trust yarded a pen of 16 Hereford steers, 18-20 months, 407kg that topped at 286c/kg or $1166.

Buchanan Contracting had a consignment of Angus steers with the heavies weighing up to 508kg selling for 296c/kg or $1504. The lighter weights, 318-364kg, sold to 352c/kg and 330c/kg respectively.

The Holt family, Coonong Station, Urana, NSW, sent a quality consignment of Black Baldy September/October 2018 drop mixed sex cattle.

The steer portion sold to 328c/kg for 31 weighing 282kg, or $927. A pen of eight, 220kg sold for $316c/kg or $695.

The Coonong Black Baldy heifers sold to 292c/kg or $728 on weights of 249kg. While 30 Hereford heifers, same vendor, 269kg, sold for 284c/kg or $763.

In the open auction section Rosepark sold 19 Black Baldy steers, 12 months, for $1030 and a second pen of 27 that made $970.

The Woodlawn Partnership also received $970 for a pen of seven Black Baldy steers.

Twenty steers forwarded by Netherway sold for $900.

The Niche Property Group sold three pens totalling 46 that sold from $740 to $860.

Calga sold Angus heifers to 310c/kg or $1234 a head on weights of 410kg, while Reynolds sold 26 heifers, 358kg, for 318c/kg or $1139.

Ray Hawkes, Simpson, offered and sold 20 Angus heifers, 369kg, that made 317c/kg or $1170.

Angus and Hereford heifers sold account Nevlo saw the Angus portion sell to 301c/kg for weights of 399kg or $1201. The top price in the Hereford portion was a pen of 10, 384kg, that made 276c/kg or $1061 while a heavy pen of four, 466kg made 261c/kg or $1216.

Yarracorp offered a consignment of heifers with 10 Angus making 308c/kg for weights of 303kg, or $934. The same vendor sold 14, 261kg, for 286c/kg or $746 and another pen of 14, 202kg that made 292c/kg or $592.

In the open auction section Weatherley Angus sold 13 Angus heifer to $895 and a further pen of nine for $700.

Netherway sold 20 heifers for $650.

Feature of the cow and calf offering was a pen of three Specl;e Park cows with Speckle Park calves at foot that sold for $2090.

The large run of cross-bred steers were dearer compared to the sale a month ago making 220-235c/kg.

M Judd said straight Friesian steers made up to 220c/kg and lighter cross-bed steers sold mainly from $500-$640. Small Friesian steers made around the $350-$400 mark.


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