The tight supplies for both domestic and export processors strengthened prices across trade and export categories, with some of the better finished lines showing a hefty price rise.
More than 3300 cattle were yarded at Wagga, as the higher prices of last week drove increased supplies of unfinished cattle onto the market. Price results were mixed, reflecting the plainer quality
Heavy rain across much of NSW and Victoria had an immediate effect on prices at NVLX Wodonga on Tuesday, in a slightly smaller yarding of just under 1400.
Weaner steer prices hit their highest level in three months on the back of widespread rain.
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.