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Cooler weather hits Western Australian stock sales November 16, 2008

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Cooler weather hits Western Australian stock sales

From Farm Weekly, November 16, 2008

H/T Tom Nelson Blog

Recent cooler weather has affected all livestock sales in WA, with severe frost occurring throughout the lower half of the State and the damage is estimated to be extensive, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.

MLA reports that unseasonal weather has also resulted in isolated thunderstorms, causing severe flooding and damaging hay production.

Continuing rainfall has brought benefit to northern and southern farmers due to the close proximity of the harvest, with further rains forecasted over the remainder of November.

The result of these unpredictable weather patterns has been lower yardings at all sales across the state.

Heavy-weight bullocks and steers at both Midland and Great Southern saleyards remained limited in number.

However, light-weight bull sales continue to be a feature of Midland.

The largest classes to be sold have been grass finished trade yearlings, with very limited offerings of grain finished cattle.

MLA says there was a flush of pastoral cattle in Midland following the end of the mustering season, however these attracted poor rates and supplies have slowed since.

There have been very limited numbers of vealers at both cattle sales, however, numbers are on the rise.

Supplies of both sheep and lambs in northern and eastern areas are tapering off, due to improving seasonal conditions and an increase in harvesting activity.

Supplies of ewe mutton at both Katanning and Midland saleyards have been solid, with Midland attracting the largest yarding.

WA is currently halfway through the spring turnoff of lambs.

Slaughter space at both domestic and export plants has been fully utilised, due to a high turnoff of lambs straight to works.

This has limited the trade demand for lambs. Trade competition should increase after the end of November, with harvest activity and the end of the season having a combined influence.

Restocker and feeder demand has been good for store lambs, ewe hoggets and woolly ewes.

Wether numbers have remained constricted over the last few months, with only light demand from exporters.

There has been no increase in export demand resulting from the fall in $A, with supply high enough to offset buyer inquiries.

However, live export competition is expected to increase early in the New Year.

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