Yarding 5530 Change -920
Export cattle stronger due to solid competition from southern processors.
Numbers dropped by 920 for a yarding of 5530.The quality doesn’t change much from week to week with good numbers of young cattle lacking finish along with good numbers of cows as growers continue to offload due to the season. There were odd pens of well finished trade cattle and grown steers and heifers coming off crops or grain along with a fair supply of feeder cattle. Once again the cattle were sourced from far and wide with consignments from Cunnamulla Mullaley Coolah Coonamble Walgett Scone Brewarrina Bourke and local districts. All the regular processors were operating though not all the regular feeder operators were present. South Australian restocker buyers were also absent however they were replaced by the return of a central Victorian restocker.
NLRS advise the young cattle to the trade were 12c dearer with most of the support coming from southern wholesalers. The prime steer yearlings sold from 294c to 333c with the steers over 400kg averaging 314c while the prime heifer yearlings sold from 256c to 317c/kg.
The feeder cattle market was erratic with most of the feeders finishing 6c to 10c/kg cheaper and more in places. The feeder steers sold from 220c to 304c with most weight categories averaging between 270c and 280c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 208c to 290c with the good number of medium weights weighing between 330kg and 400kg averaging 254c/kg.
Young cattle to the restockers were firm for the better quality calves and up to 15c/kg cheaper for the plainer types. The young steers sold from 150c to 316c with the large number of calves weighing less than 200kg averaging 235c while the heavier weights weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaged 254c/kg. The young restocker heifers sold from 75c to 266c with the lightweights averaging 195c while the heavier weights averaged 236c/kg.
Grown steers and heifers were 4c to 8c dearer with the usual southern export processors keen to secure a percentage of those available. The prime steers sold from 284c to 336c with the medium weights weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaging 300c while the better grown heifers sold from 275 to 329c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 206c to 296c while grown steers in very plain condition sold down to 138c/kg. Grown heifers to the restockers sold from 76c to 146c/kg.
Cows to the processors were 4c to 8c dearer with the 2 scores selling from137c to 218c with the cows weighing between 400kg and 520kg averaging 192c/kg. The better 3 and 4 scores sold from 200c to 269c which was paid for some outstanding C muscle Charolais cows. The prime heavy weight cows averaged 248c/kg. Plainer conditioned cows to the restockers were 15c cheaper selling from 137c to 140c/kg.
Bulls were 6c dearer with added support from a southern export processor who normally only operates on cows. The better conditioned and better muscled heavy weight bulls sold from 226c to 280c/kg. Young bulls to the restockers sold from 70c to 230c/kg.
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