Beyond the Saleyards — Prices hold firm for WA markets

Rob KellyCountryman

WA prices were stable last week with crossbred lambs remaining around 740¢ in the spot market and rising to 820¢ for July delivery.

Mutton and hoggets are bid 620¢ in the spot market, feedlots are bidding 340¢ for crossbred lambs and 330¢ for Merinos.

They are picking up a lot of stock at these numbers, making it hard to get space in the near term.

In east coast markets, mutton is bid 700¢ and hoggets slightly above.

Crossbred lambs are holding around 800¢ and Merinos at 780¢.

The wool market closed the week lower with the EMI off 32 to 1277¢. Passed-in bales increased to 16.9 per cent, up 7 per cent on the week prior.

Goat markets jumped during the past week with depots on the east coast back about 400¢ and processors continuing to bid above 1000¢.

Cattle processor grids took a hit to start the week with Teys lowering NSW and SA bids by 20¢ for everything except cows, which lowered by 10¢. Other processors have continued to hold numbers firm and the market is still at historically high rates. In WA, the restocker/feedlot market remains well bid above 470¢ for feeder steers.

Export orders have continued to come in for northern markets, with orders for delivery through April and May putting Brahman steers above 400¢, bulls around 400¢, heifers at 380¢ and cows close to 300¢.

Processor and feedlot market bids at the start of the week (¢/kg or $/head):

WA restockers: Angus/Murray Grey milk tooth feeder cattle – steers 475¢, heifers 450c. Contact LIVEstock Pricing for buyer details.

East coast processor prices: 100- day grain fed (HGP free): steers 700¢, heifers 695¢. Grass-fed: steers 695¢, heifers 690¢. Cows 600¢. Bulls 530¢.

Queensland feedlots: Black Angus: 495¢, Black Angus British X: 485¢, Wagyu X Angus: 660¢.

Queensland export orders: Feeder steers 400¢, slaughter steers 380¢. Feeder bulls 370¢, heifers 360¢, cows 270¢.

NSW feedlots (steers): Black Angus: 425¢. British, Euro X, Flat Back: 465¢, XB 445¢.

China export orders: Heifers (unjoined): Friesians $2100 Holstein (200+kgs no blood tests) $1000-$1200. Red Angus $1300. Jersey unjoined heifers (200kg) $1300.

Full price grids and details for all these orders are available in the LIVEstock Pricing app and online at

Rob Kelly is the Founder and Managing Director of LIVEstock Pricing, a free service with the latest sheep, cattle and goat price grids in one easy-to-use app.

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