Yarding: 3950 Change: -300
Despite the continuing dry conditions very well bred Angus steer calves still sold to the restockers for 357c in a market that saw most sections selling at cheaper rates.
It was a mixed yarding with good numbers of young cattle to suit both the feeders and trade buyers along with some well finished grown steers. The cow quality was not to the standard of the previous sale with a good supply of cows lacking condition which had been mostly pregnancy tested empty as growers search for ways of lightening numbers. There were also good numbers of grown heifers in store condition which had also been pregnancy tested empty.
Not all the regular buyers were operating with the absence of some northern feeder orders.
NLRS advises that young cattle to the trade were 2c cheaper with steer vealers selling from 286c to 309c and the heifer vealers 270c to 296c/kg. The prime steer yearlings sold from 262c to 310c while the properly finished heifer yearlings sold from 250c to 299c/kg.
Heavier feeder steers were 1c to 2c cheaper while the lighter weights were 6c cheaper. Feeder heifers were 12c to 20c cheaper due to the absence of some regular buyers. The feeder steers sold from 272c to 308c with the heavy weights over 400kg averaging 296c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 249c to 281c with the heavy weights averaging 271c and the lighter weights weighing between 330kg and 400kg averaging 258c/kg.
Young cattle to the restockers commenced on a cheaper note but finished 15c dearer due to an excellent consignment of top quality Angus steer and heifer calves from the Kurts family from Lyndhurst. Young steers to the restockers sold from 275c for Hereford calves to 357c for the Kurts steer calves with an estimated live weight of 250kg to 260kg. The young heifers to the restockers sold from 244c for crossbreds to 294c which was also paid for the Kurts heifers.
Grown steers still sold to pretty solid competition only selling at 2c to 5c cheaper rates. The prime medium and heavy weights sold from 253c to 280c with the medium weights weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaging 271c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 255c to 300c/kg. Grown heifers were up to 15c cheaper to the processors selling from 237c to 245c/kg. 2 4 and 6 tooth heifers pregnancy tested empty and in store condition sold to the restockers from 174c to 218c/kg.
Cows were 12c to 15c cheaper with the 2 and 3 scores selling from 135c to 199c to the processors and 204c/kg to the restockers. 4 score cows to the processors sold from 194c to 211c with the heavy weights averaging 204c/kg.
Bulls were 7c to 10c cheaper with the better muscled heavy weights selling from 226c to 275c/kg. Young bulls to the restockers sold from 220c to 264c/kg.