Apart from cows and a few pens of grown steers it was hard to find cattle in prime condition as the continuing dry conditions finally show their effects. Once again there were a number of consignments from the far west including another lot of Menindee cattle which were in very plain condition. We are now also seeing a decline in the quality of the local cattle with very few properly finished cattle yarded. Most sections of the market reflected the plainer quality of the yarding.
Young cattle to the trade were 3c to 6c cheaper with steer vealers selling from 282c to 317c while the prime heifer vealers sold from 270c to 324c/kg. Prime steer yearlings sold from 270c to 310c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 291c/kg. The prime heifer yearlings sold from 265c to 305c/kg.
Young feeder cattle were 4c to 10c cheaper with the feeder steers selling from 255c to 316c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 293c/kg. A number of the regular feeder orders were absent in fact there were only three major feeders buying. The feeder heifers sold from 232c for lightweights to 289c/kg for medium weights weighing 330kg to 400kg.
Young steers to the restockers were 12c cheaper selling from 245c to 330c with the better quality calves weighing 200kg to 280kg averaging 298/kg. The heifer calves to the restockers sold from 250c to 280c with those weighing 200kg to 280kg averaging 267c/kg.
A limited selection of grown steers suitable for the processors were 14c cheaper with the prime medium weights weighing 500kg to 600kg selling from 265c to 286c to average 278c/kg. Export weight feeder steers sold from 255c to 280c while the very plain conditioned lines in from the far West which sold to the restockers sold from 220c to 230c/kg. The grown heifers to the processors sold to 270c while the plain far western lines which sold to the restockers sold from 160c to 231c/kg.
There was a very large selection of cows which were mostly 16c to 18c cheaper. 2 score cows to the processors sold from 120c to 166c/kg. The large numbers of plain cows to the restockers were actually a little dearer and they sold from 137c to 226c/kg which was paid for plain conditioned Angus cows which were PTIC. The restockers paid to 167c for plain conditioned dry cows. The better 3 and 4 score cows to the processors sold from 167c to 212c with the 4 score heavy weights averaging 200c/kg.
Bulls were 15c cheaper with the better muscled heavy weights to the processors selling from 210c to 235c and averaging 228/kg. Young bulls to the restockers sold to 276c/kg.