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By ALISTAIR LAWSON
HILE seasonal conditions in the
Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu
Peninsula have improved in the
past month following good rainfall across
most districts livestock prices are still mixed.
The June market at Mount Pleasant sale-
yards saw a larger yarding of 248 cattle and
930 sheep and lambs. In line with other mar-
kets, sheep and lambs at the market were
down by between $5 and $10.
Medium-weight lambs of good quality sold
to $120 while other lines made to $100.
March-shorn ewes with lambs-at-foot made
$130 while cross-bred ewes made $104.
Cattle at the market sold dearer than its
immediate predecessor and consisted of a mix
of breeding cattle, prime stock and store cat-
tle.Angus-cross cows with calves at foot made
$1320, while pregnancy-tested in-calf cows
Lighter store weaner steers made $590.
Landmark Anderson & Fawcett co-princi-
pal Colin Fawcett said conditions in the area
had improved quite a lot since its previous
"Generally, the ground is getting wet now
and while we haven't got an abundance of
feed, hopefully it will start growing soon," he
"At the moment it is hard to find good qual-
ity cattle in the Hills, but we've been pretty
fortunate as market numbers remain pretty
"With the sheep and lamb job coming off a
historical high, if the price can keep on about
$4 a kilogram or above, that would be sus-
tainable and acceptable for breeders."
At Mount Compass, prices at the weekly
prime sales varied across different types.
Good milk vealers and feedlot calves have
been selling very well while cows, steers and
bulls have lifted by about 5 cents a kilogram.
But Prostock director Kym Endersby said
feeder calves and turnout calves were strug-
"There's no feed in the paddock and store
buyers are getting hard to come by," he said.
Despite this, Kym expected prices to remain
At the June Strathalbyn Feature Cattle Sale,
the best steers made $800 while heifers made
$660. PTIC Hereford cows made $820 while
Angus-cross cows with calves-at-foot made
Elders Strathalbyn territory sales manager
Danny Reynolds said he expected the store job
to get stronger from now on.
"There has been a lot of rain but not a lot of
feed, but as we go into the warmer months in
spring the store job will start off very strongly
and as the season goes on and more cattle
numbers come in, prices will fall," he said.
Meanwhile, the weekly Strathalbyn prime
cattle sales have been steady.
But Danny said with major processor T&R
going out of the market for about a month
because of maintenance, he expected a bit of a
lull in heavy cattle prices.
He said vealers off mum were selling well as
long as they were of the right quality but if
not, they fell to the next price-tier.
"It doesn't take much for those vealers to
come off that level and fall to the next tier," he
"Buyers are paying anywhere between $2/kg
and $2.40/kg for the right cattle, but the level
below is $1.70/kg-$1.80/kg.
"That difference is all to do with age, fresh-
ness and rump cover."
Danny said the cow beef market was a shin-
ing light in the market at the moment.
He said with the recent Mad Cow Disease
outbreak in the United States, more exporters
were looking to Australian beef.
"Manufacturing beef has been good at levels
of between $1.25 and $1.35," he said.
"That looks like it might hold because of
the demand for cow beef throughout the
Livestock prices mixed
Scott Henderson, King George
Beach, Kangaroo Island, was at
the June Strathalbyn Feature
Cattle sale selling Angus and
Murray Grey cattle on behalf of
his partner Sharon Geake. The
46 Angus and Angus-Murray
Grey heifers made $545, while
the Angus and Murray Grey
steers made $550.
Improved conditions in the area
Good rainfall across most districts
More exporters seeking Australian beef
Kent and Leanne Llewellyn, Keith, pictured with
son Levi, were at Strathalbyn in June selling
Red Angus-cross cattle on behalf of Kent's
parents Daryl and Jenny. Their steers made
$525 and heifers $510.
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