Low numbers of stock sell to good demand

Low numbers of stock sell to good demand


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COLD, wet weather reduced the yarded numbers but buyer competition was still strong at the Mount Pleasant sheep and cattle market on Thursday last week.

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MOUNT PLEASANT

Yarding: 100 cattle, 700 sheep and lambs

Lambs to $149

Heifers and calves to $2100

SELL OFF: After more than 50 years in the industry, Ross and Colleen Andrew, Springton, sold the last of their livestock, with a pen of sucker lambs at $125.

SELL OFF: After more than 50 years in the industry, Ross and Colleen Andrew, Springton, sold the last of their livestock, with a pen of sucker lambs at $125.

COLD, wet weather reduced the yarded numbers but buyer competition was still strong at the Mount Pleasant sheep and cattle market.

Landmark Fawcett principal Colin Fawcett said some booked stock were cancelled due to weather conditions but sheep and lambs still sold well.

“There’s not a big heap of prime lambs ready yet, so there’s general demand,” he said.

He said the quality of those at the sale had held up with a number of “handy” lambs available.

Mr Fawcett said the cold start to spring had delayed the season, leading to a shortage of lambs reaching the market.

“The season is a good three to four weeks late,” he said.

“We expect numbers out once the weather warms.”

The majority of the lamb offering were medium trade weight.

The best of the new season sucker lambs was a pen of 20 from G&T Noblet, Mount Pleasant, which sold for $148. AJ&MA Baker, Cambrai, offered 35 sucker lambs, sold at $145.

A pen of five older lambs from DC White, Harrogate, sold at $149.

DJ Fromm, Mannum, offered four hogget lambs, which sold for $110.

For the sheep offering, LJ Rowley, Myponga, had a pen of 19 ewes, sold at $90.

J Girdham, Wistow, had 10, four-tooth wethers, at $102.

Mr Fawcett said the stand-out in the cattle offering was cows and calves.

PD Schulz, Kapunda, offered four Murray Grey heifers, with calves at-foot, which sold at $2100.

The same vendor also offered two Murray Grey cows with CAF at $1840.

CM Bond, Mannum, offered four vealer steers at $1250, as well as two vealer heifers at $1100.

Hearnden Farms, Eden Valley, had three Limousin steers at $1270.

A pen of five trade weight Hereford heifers from MJ Dier, Tanunda, sold to $1100.

The next Mount Pleasant market is on September 28.

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