Weaner steers under 220kg topped at 410c/kg and averaged 236c/kg, weaner steers in the 220-280kg range reached 386c/kg and averaged 108c/kg. Steers in the 280- 350kg range reached 360c/kg and averaged 200c/kg, and steers in the 350-400kg range reached 336c/kg and averaged 150c/kg. Feeder steers in the 400-550kg range topping at 301c/kg and averaged 165c/kg.
Young heifers sold well up 10c to 15c on last week and formed the majority of the yarding where all buyers were in attendance and operating.
All buyers were present, with the right article and superior cattle continuing to reach solid prices however averages were affected by lesser quality lines.
There was a larger yarding of 6225 head at Roma store sale today, up 2300 head on last week, with quality demanding the elevated prices at times – especially on young cattle.
Quality was good and young cattle were plentiful as prices held firm if not stronger with supply and demand generating bids from all directions. Fewer cattle off oats are being yarded as oats crops finish.
The quality was above average and the market was 15c/kg stronger on last week. Additional restockers were in attendance and all usual buyers were present and operating.
All buyers were present along with active restockers operating in a stronger market where the majority of the yarding were young heifers with 1000 less steers presented for competition.
Cattle were of good quality for those who still have oats in the paddock or feed as the gap widens for those hanging on for Spring rain.
All the usual buyers were present and operating in a market rewarding quality, however the dry of winter is now evident. The cow market was mostly affected as growers lighten off and batten down the hatches, hopeful for early spring rain.
The variables of forthcoming climate indications and grain costs elevating is key to the slide of up to 20c/kg.