CATTLE and sheep prices were fully firm to better at Mount Pleasant yesterday.
Sheepmeat exports rose 35 per cent year-on-year for the month of February, with demand from China almost tripling.
The cow price has dropped to its lowest point in more than four years, and there is little hope of a resurgence.
Female stock agents in SA are few and far between but Elders Naracoorte's newest territory sales manager Abbi Power has boosted the ranks.
The Mount Pleasant annual breeders and weaners sale held on Thursday last week attracted strong competition from buyers but yarding numbers were slightly down on previous years.
The Stock Take: Mecardo's Matt Dalgleish looks at the long-term trends for the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator.
The eastern states medium cow indicator has fallen to almost 30 cents a kilogram below the same time last year.
Eastern states' slaughter rates are continuing to increase as the drought drags on, pushing most indicators down.