Yarding 2120 Change -145
Feeder heifers and grown steers held their ground selling at firm rates in a market that saw most other sections sell at cheaper rates in the lead up to the Christmas break.
Numbers slipped a little with a yarding of 2120. It was a good quality yarding with a top selection of ideal feeder steers and heifers throughout the sale. There was also a good supply of well finished trade cattle and grown steers. Once again there was good numbers of cows yarded. Not all the regular buyers were operating with a major export processor and a couple of regular feeder operators not buying.
NLRS advises the young cattle to the trade were firm with prime yearlings selling from 258c to 298c/kg.
Feeder steers were 8c cheaper while the feeder heifers were close to firm. The feeder steers sold from 255c to 308c with the medium and heavy weights averaging around 300c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 232c to 278c with the large number of medium weights weighing between 330 and 400kg averaging 269c/kg.
Despite the forecast of rain the small numbers of young cattle to the restockers were cheaper with the steers selling from 180c to 308c while the young restocker heifers sold from 229 to 261c/kg.
Grown steers were firm with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 225c to 265c to average 250c/kg. There were fair numbers of grown steers sold to the feeders and they ranged in price from 240c to 306c/kg. Grown heifers were 5c cheaper with the better types selling from 226c to 238c with the heavy weights averaging 234c/kg. Grown heifers to the feeders sold from 238c to 264c while the restocker paid from 194c to 216c/kg for suitable heifers.
Plain conditioned cows to the processors were 20c to 25c cheaper which is in line with all other major centres. The properly finished heavy weight cows were 2c/kg easier. 1 and 2 score cows sold from 60c to 175c with the 2 scores averaging 154c while the better 3 and 4 scores sold from 160c to 215c with the prime heavy weights averaging 207c/kg. There were no cows purchased by the restockers.
Bulls were 13c cheaper with the better heavy weight bulls selling from 205c to 235c to average 221c/kg.
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