As the dry weather continues cattle keep pouring in with numbers lifting by 840 compared to the previous sale for a yarding of 6375.
It was a typical drought yarding with large numbers of young calves and cattle lacking finish.
There was though still a pretty good selection of well finished trade cattle and grown steers grain assisted or coming off crops.
Most of the far western regions were represented with large numbers coming from those areas which provided the southern restockers a good opportunity to secure young cattle through to cows lacking condition. Not all the regular buyers were present with the absence of some northern and southern feeder orders and the cow buyers did not have the strength of previous sales.
NLRS advises that all sections lost ground due to the weight of numbers and the plainer quality of the yarding. Young cattle to the trade were 6c to 13c cheaper with steer vealers selling from 285c to 290c while the heifer vealers sold to 306c/kg. Prime steer yearlings sold from 250c to 289c with the heavy weights over 400kg averaging 277c while the prime heifer yearlings sold from 240c to 280c/kg.
Feeder steers were 8c to 13c cheaper while the feeder heifers were up to 17c cheaper with the absence of some usual operators. Feeder steers sold from 236c to 292c with the large number over 400kg averaging 277c while the feeder heifers sold from 220c to 260c/kg.
The bulk of the young steers to the restockers were up to 25c cheaper with the exception of some very good quality Hereford steers which sold to solid competition selling to 320c/kg. The majority of the young steers to the restockers sold from 224c to 292c while the young heifers to the restockers sold from 172c to 270c/kg with once again most of the restocker support coming from southern buyers. They are saying though that the southern districts are starting to need follow up rains to keep their country going.
Grown steers were 8c cheaper with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 246c to 278c to average 270c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders were also cheaper selling from 238c to 289c/kg. Grown heifers were 12c cheaper with the heavy weights selling from 236c to 255c to average 248c/kg.
Cows were 10c to 14c cheaper with the 2 scores to the processors selling from 153c to 195c/kg. The better 3 and 4 scores sold from 180c to 241c with the prime heavy weights averaging 225c/kg. There was very minimal restocker support with the restockers paying from 153c to 188c for plain conditioned lightweight cows.
Bulls were around firm with the better types selling from 225c to 268c to average 261c/kg. Young bulls to the restockers sold from 180c to 237c/kg.