THE TOP end of lambs sold well at the monthly Mount Pleasant sale on Thursday, July 13, to $180.
But Landmark Fawcett Mount Pleasant auctioneer Colin Fawcett said the store job had dropped off from the previous sale, partly on the back of seasonal conditions.
“Most store buyers are waiting for new season suckers, which we should start seeing from the end of July,” he said.
There were 1000 sheep and lambs yarded.
The sale toppers were seven crossbreds from Hoskin Hill, Springton, which were knocked down to the Australian Lamb Company.
Other lambs selling near the top of the market were 35 from CS,GD,TJ&NJ Schubert, Murray Bridge, that made $160.
Two lots of lambs made $158, five from J Conte, Birdwood, and nine from McLachlan Props, Pewsey Vale.
Dorper lambs made to $100, for three from K Rattei, Springton, while hoggets made to $100 for two from B Hughes, Sampson Flat.
Menteng Prop, Cambrai, sold the top price wethers, with six at $120, and S Dohnt, Eden Valley, topped the ewe section at $112.
Sheep and lamb buyers included Willunga Meats, Austral and Thornby.
There were also a pen of eight goats offered, with eight selling for $56 to Thomas Foods International.
Mr Fawcett said it was a larger cattle yarding than had been expected at 330.
“Cattle prices were in line with what’s happening in other areas, and were back 30 to 40 cents a kilogram for most categories,” he said.
“With that downward trend, some feedlotters are sitting back, waiting to see how far prices are going to drop.”
Topping the cattle section with three Murray Grey and four Angus-cross steers at $2035 was L Hallam, Kersbrook.
A Verrall, Taunton, sold a Murray Grey steer for $1520 to TFI.
Topping the cows with calves at-foot section was D Hold Enterprises, Mount Pleasant, with two at $1700.
Making $1660 for an Angus cow with CAF was LP&C Deans, Flaxman Valley, and receiving the same price for a black baldy cow with CAF was D Hold Enterprises.
Topping the cow section was a Belted Galloway at $1260 from A&J Bush, Mount Pleasant.
Coming a close second in the cow section was AJ&SP Holt, Flaxman Valley, with a Poll Hereford, sold to TFI for $1240.
The highest prices for heifers was $1300 for a Hereford from J&D Chambers, Birdwood.
There will be two Mount Pleasant sales in August, on Thursday August 10 and Thursday August 24.