Lambs to $140
Hoggets to $124
Steers to $1200
Numbers were slightly back at the Mount Pleasant market on Thursday but sheep and lamb prices were up by $10 to $15 per head compared with past sales because of the top quality penned.
Landmark Fawcett Mount Pleasant principal Colin Fawcett said although yarding was down compared with past markets, cattle condition was noticeably higher, and sheep were mixed in quality but made gains.
Sheep and lambs yarded at 1400 head and cattle reached 145 head.
“It is coming to the end of the season culling period and producers are waiting for new lambs to drop,” Mr Fawcett said.
“Cattle prices were subdued compared with what they were some months ago but it was still met with good competition because of the steers quality in particular, it gave buyers more selection,” he said.
The top price of $140 was paid three times, with four crossbred lambs from RJ&RJ Wooley, Harrogate, 24 lambs from Dunromin Agriculture, Harrogate, and five lambs offered by J Gireham, Wistow, all at the top price.
The run of hoggets remained on trend with past sales and the top price pen of seven hoggets at $124 sold by Tinline Park, Rockleigh.
Glenunga Props, Moculta, offered two hoggets at $120, and Simon Bradcock, Cudlee Creek, made $115 for 11 hoggets.
Mutton made slight gains with 12 Merino ewes from AR&P Discomb, Penrice, sold for $120.
Cattle prices remained steady with two Red Poll steers from IR&SL Paech, Wynarka, at $1240, and two Hereford crosses from the Sonntag Brothers, Mannum, at $1200.
The next Mount Pleasant market will be held on April 12.