Sales continue in SA markets

Sales continue in SA markets

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THE state's four weekly prime livestock sales have gone ahead amid growing coronavirus restrictions, but with strict guidelines.

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THE state's four weekly prime livestock sales have gone ahead amid growing coronavirus restrictions, but with strict guidelines.

Following the recommendations of the Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association, the gallery has been limited to active buyers and stock agents.

The global turmoil has affected prices with lambs the hardest hit at Dublin and Naracoorte on Tuesday, especially those more than 25 kilogram carcaseweight, which fell about $1/kg.

Cattle prices for most categories held nearly firm.

Elders Dublin/Yorke Peninsula livestock manager Matt Ward said heavy export weight lambs at the SA Livestock Exchange at Dublin were back $50 a head but trade lambs may have only been $10 cheaper than last week.

"The lamb job gets down to people being in panic mode so there is enough supply, I can't see that improving, but who knows if we will even have a sale next week?" he said.

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He said at least one regular Vic buyer was absent.

Naracoorte combined agents chairman Scott Bittner said the monthly store cattle sale would be held today.

"We don't think there are a whole lot of cattle coming in a month's time and there is a level of uncertainty going forward so we need to make it happen while we can and give our clients the opportunity to sell their livestock," he said.

Mr Bittner said some companies had imposed travel restrictions on their buyers but they had worked hard to ensure they could still operate using a "trusted business associate".

"The clear message coming out from the government is they want industry to continue on as long as we can," he said.

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