Yarding: 1574 sheep and lambs, 155 cattle
Lambs to $218
First-cross ewes to $240
Cows w CAF to $2260
Steers to $1880
GOOD competition from meat buyers and restockers made for strong lamb returns on both fat and store types at the Mount Pleasant market on Thursday last week.
Nutrien Fawcett Livestock's Colin Fawcett said widespread buying support, combined with graziers looking to get hold of some lambs before the Christmas break, contributed to the strong prices received by vendors.
A standout pen of 30 crossbred lambs from Rondenella Farming, Mt Torrens, topped the lamb offering at $218.
Eight lambs from Kingsbelt Farming, Freeling, sold for $178, 13 from P Marschall, Gawler made $175 and TFI bought 13 for $174 from FC&KF Baker, Murray Bridge.
Topping the Dorper lamb offering were 17 ewe lambs from Pat Pangallo, Kersbrook, which made $172.
A run of 39 Border Leicester/Merino ewes, 2.5 and 3.5-year-old, from VK&MA Mueller, Birdwood, made $240, with another 21 of their 4.5yo first-cross ewes selling for $200.
Mr Fawcett said the cattle job was back a touch on last month, but still very strong.
Steers reached a $1880 high for a Murray Grey from Rondenella Farming while heifers peaked at $1400 for three Angus offered by AL&S Dahlenburg, Rosedale.
An Angus steer from Brown Farming Enterprises, Keyneton, made $1620, while seven Angus steers from John Schultz, Forreston, sold for $1600. The same vendor offloaded another five Angus steers for $1550.
Two Murray Grey steers from DW Kubenk & Sons, Tepko, attracted $1580, with two Angus steers from AL&S Dahlenburg making $1580 as well.
RS&SM Cox, Palmer, offered five Murray Grey and Santa Gertrudis-Murray Grey cows with calves-at-foot and achieved a healthy average of $2076, topping at $2260.
An Angus bull from Regari Pty Ltd, Tanunda, was knocked down for $2400, while seven pregnancy-tested-in-calf Angus cows from R Prance, Glengowrie, made $1920. The same vendor sold another seven PTIC Angus cows for $1880, and a further two for $1840.
The next Mount Pleasant market will be held on January 14, with a store cattle sale to be held on January 21.
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