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By ALISTAIR LAWSON
ITH the first month of
2012 a memory, prices at
markets across the
Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu
Peninsula have also faded from the
strong returns towards the end of
Significant numbers of cattle and
sheep are filling markets where buy-
ers have practically completed their
orders, putting downward pressure
Landmark Anderson & Fawcett
co-principal Colin Fawcett said
lamb prices had come back slightly
in line with the first sales of the year
at Dublin and Naracoorte - but they
generally remained strong.
"We continue to have good num-
bers at the sale, which attracts buy-
ers," he said.
"The best lambs were still up
around $150 at the last market."
While cattle prices had also fallen
since the end of 2011, Colin said he
remained optimistic they would
pick up in autumn.
"The best vealers at the January
market made about $750," he said.
"Weaner sale heifers were very
good in patches but generally down
overall because people have got their
numbers while good quality heifers
suitable for kill met good demand,
as did milk vealers.
"The whole cattle job is back on
where it was but I think there will be
very good demand come March
because a lot of cattle will have gone
through and feedlotters will be out
looking to fill orders."
The Mount Compass breeder and
weaner sale in January saw pregnan-
cy-tested in-calf heifers reach
$1400, as did cow and calf units,
while yearling steers made $800.
Prostock's Kym Endersby said the
sale met expectation, with most
prices holding in line with the end
of last year.
"Weaner cattle were back a bit as
there are a lot in the market at the
moment, which is always the case at
this time of year," he said.
The weekly prime sale at Mount
Compass has also eased with orders
again full, but Kym was confident
prices should pick up as the year
The top calves at the sale have
made $2.25 a kilogram, cows and
bulls $1.40/kg, prime steers
$1.85/kg and feederweight calves
between $1.80/kg and $2.10/kg.
"Price are back about 10 cents
across the whole job," Kym said.
"In my opinion, prices will pick
up as the year goes on, we just need
to see a reduction in numbers of cat-
tle going through, but anything
The volume of cattle in the mar-
ketplace has led to weekly
Strathalbyn store sales for the first
three weeks, starting off on January
5, when the best steers made $820 -
easing by between $20 and $30 on
Since then, steer and heifer prices
have continued to ease, including at
the breeder and weaner sales on
January 13 where PTIC heifers made
$1400, weaner steers $770 and
Elders Strathalbyn livestock man-
ager Darrell Sims said while heavier
cattle have come back in January,
lighter cattle have still remained
fully firm on sales before Christmas
Agents confident of
autumn price lift
Anthony Schoell, Woodside, yarded the top price steers at the Strathalbyn
breeder and weaner sale on January 13 with 11 Murray Grey-Red Angus, 10-
11 months, making $770.
Cattle prices fall from end of 2011
Mt Compass PTIC heifers to $1400
at January sale
Lighter cattle remain fully firm on
Lambs around $150, best vealers $750
Chris Bartlett, Yankalilla (pictured with father-in-law Brian Hutchinson,
Myponga, and son Travis) yarded 21 Angus and Red Angus steers, 10 months
at the Strathalbyn feature cattle sale on January 20, where the top draft of 11
With the price of export cattle also
drifting back, improvement in prices
will depend on weather conditions
"Rain through the Hills at this
time destroys all of the dry feed and
we need good rains in March and
April for things to continue on,"
"The better option for smaller pro-
ducers at the moment are unjoined
heifers they can join up or the PTIC
heifers which have been making
between $900 and $1000 to calve
down and get something from
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