Numbers lifted this week by 725 for a yarding of 2360. The bulk of the cattle were sourced from local areas along with consignments from Baradine, Coonamble, Condobolin, Hungerford and Cunnamulla.
It was generally a good quality yarding with a good selection of trade cattle and grown steers throughout. There were good numbers of cows yarded though the quality of the better finished lines was not to the standard of the previous sale. Most of the regular buyers were operating with the exception of a major Northern feeder operator who was absent.
Vealers to the trade were firm with the steer portion selling from 342c to 370c averaging 355c while the heifer vealers to the trade sold from 325c to 360c/kg. Yearlings to the trade were 7c to 10c cheaper which was a fluctuation due to quality. The prime steer yearlings sold from 325c to 357c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 342c/kg. The prime heifer yearlings sold from 302c to 362c with the heavier weights here averaging323c/kg.
MLA market information shows the better quality feeder steers were fully firm while the secondary types were 4c/kg cheaper. In contrast the feeder heifers were 4c to 6c/kg dearer once again a fluctuation which was quality related. The feeder steers sold from 329c to 383c with the better quality heavier weights over 400kg averaging 366c/kg. The feeder heifers ranged in price from 270c to 356c with the heavier weights averaging 337c/kg.
There was only a limited selection of young steers to suit the restockers which showed a cheaper trend selling from344c to 391c while the few young heifers returning to the paddock sold from 301c to 34cc/kg.
There was once again a pretty good section of well finished grown steers yarded a number of which had been grain assisted. Mostly Southern processors competed solidly to secure numbers lifting prices by around 6c/kg. The prime medium and heavy weight grown steers sold from 325c to 356c with the medium weights weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaging 337c/kg. Export weight grown steers to the feeders sold from 299c to 367c/kg. There was a very limited supply of grown heifers yarded which sold to a cheaper trend selling to 330c/kg.
The plainer conditioned lighter weight cows were 5c to 7c dearer with extra support coming from Northern restockers. The 2 score cows sold from 182c to 225c to the restockers and 223c/kg to the processors. The better conditioned heavier weight cows were 1c to 3c cheaper mainly due to the plainer quality of the yarding. The heavier 3 and 4 score cows sold from 225c to 270c with the 4 score heavy weights averaging256c/kg.
Bulls were 8c cheaper with the better muscled heavy weights selling from 235c to 280c to average 260c/kg.