Hot dry conditions continue to put supply pressure on the market, with producers mostly offloading secondary condition stock.
Trade cattle benefited from increased competition and posted dearer rates, while secondary cattle prices varied according to quality and breeding. Trade steers lifted 10c making from 312-350c/kg. Plainer conditioned steers to slaughter sold at 295-310c/kg.
Plainer cattle bore the brunt of the cheaper trend with buyers discounting mixed breeds up to 49c/kg.
Price results tended to be mixed, reflecting supplies and the mixed quality on offer.
Steady NSW and Victorian restocker competition helped underpinned demand for weaner steers and heifers at Wagga on Monday.
Less processor and feedlot bidding meant most yearling categories showed easier price trends.
Young vealers and yearlings were pushed along by backgrounders and restockers, while slaughter cattle varied according to quality.
The market seemed to lose some heat, with easier prices trends over some yearling categories. There were signs at the market that feedlots are for the moment, not prepared to keep pushing the market upwards, particularly at the plainer end of those categories.
The cheaper trend was obvious at the commencement of the sale with only two export processors operating, while feedlot competition was selective easing 3c/kg for the feeder steer portion.
The red-hot cattle market continued to fire this week in a larger yarding of 4,700.