Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange, Carcoar, NSW, sale report, 4 April 2018:
Cows with their young calves made up a large percentage of the yarding as growers continue to offload due to the continuing dry conditions.
Numbers lifted by 1100 for a total of 3660. Cows represented almost a third of the yarding along with a fair selection of trade cattle and grown heifers.
There were no grown steers yarded. Most of the regular buyers were in attendance and operating and most sections held their ground despite the larger yarding and the very dry conditions.
NLRS advises that the vealers to the trade were firm with the prime steer vealers selling from 296c to 316c and the prime heifers 270c to 322c/kg. In contrast yearlings were 8c cheaper with the steer portion to the trade selling from 269c to 310c while the prime heifer yearlings sold from 260c to 285c/kg.
Feeder steers and heifers were firm with the feeder steers selling from 259c to 304c to average 294c while the feeder heifers sold from 240c to 285c to average 261c/kg.
The good numbers of young steers to suit the restockers finished firm while the young heifers were 10c to 15c/kg cheaper. The young steers sold from 232c to 342c which was paid for good quality lightweight Angus calves. The steers under 200kg averaged 315c while those weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaged 303c/kg. The young heifers to the restockers sold from 220c to 247c to average 240c/kg.
There were no grown steers to quote with the exception of a heavy weight pen of yearling steers which sold for 285c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 238c to 295c/kg. Grown heifers were a little dearer with the better types selling from 235c to 270c/kg.
Cows to the processors were 2c to 4c dearer with the 2 scores selling from 110c to 181c/kg. The better 3 and 4 scores sold from 182c to 223c with the prime heavy weights averaging 209c/kg. Cows to the restockers were 5c dearer selling from 168c to 182c to average 174c/kg.
Bulls were close to firm with the better muscled and properly finished heavy weight bulls selling from 215c to 252c to average 238c/kg. Young bulls to the restockers sold from 205c to 249c/kg.