Despite the substantial falls of rain in most districts on Wednesday vendors and agents were still able to yard 3415.
On the strength of the forecast a large number of cattle were trucked earlier in the week before the rain started.
It was a good quality yarding with a good selection of prime cattle in all sections with some particularly good lines of heavy weight cows and bullocks a number of which had been crop fattened or had access to grain.
Yearlings were also well supplied with most presenting in forward to prime condition. Most of the cattle were sourced from local districts along with four consignments from the Broken Hill area as well as some loads from Bourke Lightning Ridge and Coonamble.
Vealers and steer yearlings to the trade were 10c cheaper while the heifer yearlings were 4c dearer. Steer vealers to the trade sold from 380c to 393c to average 389c while the prime heifer vealers sold from 357c to 395c/kg. MLA market information advises that the steer yearlings sold from 335c to 393c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 364c/kg. The prime heifer yearlings also sold to a top of 393c to average 353c/kg.
Young feeder cattle were up to 22c cheaper with the absence of a couple of regular northern and southern operators. The feeder steers sold from 339c to 394c with the large number of over 400kg steers averaging 372c while the feeder heifers sold from 310c to 369c to average 360c/kg.
Following the good falls of rain and the forecast for more young cattle to the restockers sold at up to 20c/kg dearer rates.
Young steers going back to the paddock sold from 362c to 426c with the lighter weight steers averaging 418c/kg. The young heifers to the restockers sold from 325c to 386c/kg.
The good numbers of properly finished bullocks were up to 12c cheaper with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 313c to 363 with the large number weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaging 333c/kg. Prime conditioned grown heifers to the processors sold from 300c to 350c averaging around 337c/kg.
Cows were 6c to 11c cheaper with the plainer types experiencing the largest of the fall. 2 score cows to the processors sold from 212c to 238c while the restockers paid between 243c and 254c on very limited numbers. The better 3 and 4 score cows sold from 240c to 290c for a single C muscle cow. The large number of 4 score heavy weight cows averaged 274c/kg.
There was a good selection of bulls suitable for the processors and the better muscled heavier weight bulls sold from 258c to 290c with those over 600kgs averaging 273c/kg. Young lightweight bulls to the restockers sold from 346c to 375c to average 363c/kg.
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