A mixed quality yarding of cattle at NVLX Wodonga created some varied price trends this week. The market showed gains on some categories, but losses on others in a bigger sized yarding of 1,900
The seasonal shortage of quality domestic slaughter cattle gave the market an edge this week, with prices improving by up to 11c/kg at NVLX Wodonga on Tuesday.
The market seemed to lose some heat, with easier prices trends over most yearling categories.
Well finished European veal and their crosses regularly sold at 342-378.2c/kg.
Cattle prices continued to ease in a similar sized yarding of 2,220 at NVLX Wodonga.
Cattle numbers lifted at NVLX Wodonga to 2200. Beef prices did show mixed trends this week, with quality a factor in some of the cheaper outcomes
The market gathered pace when major export processors were forced to show their hands through way of what rates they could deliver. Bullocks 600kg plus surged 18c, while heavy steers 500-600kg lifted 4c/kg. The better finished steers and bullocks fetched 300-337c, with aged steers selling down to 277c/kg.
Bidding for young cattle was generally dearer ending the run of softer prices. Vealers were again a highlight with prices hitting 372.6c/kg. The general run of vealers sold from 312c-361c/kg.
Prime trade cattle sales remained sluggish, as the market struggled to gain momentum leading into the Christmas and New Year break. Bigger yardings and sporadic competition from feedlots and processors were factors in the varied results this week.
Numbers climbed to just over 2500 at NVLX Wodonga as vendors sell off before the annual Christmas holiday break.