The continuing wet conditions and road closures in a lot of districts held numbers back considerably.
The feeling is that there are good numbers of prime cattle building up waiting for a run of dry conditions so they can be trucked.
Once again the total of the yarding were sourced from local districts with no far western cattle in the penning. Young cattle made up the bulk of the yarding with a large percentage of those being heifer yearlings in good condition. There was only a limited supply of bullocks and cows. Not all the regular buyers were operating due to insufficient numbers.
MLA advises young cattle to the trade were 3c to 6c dearer with solid competition coming from processors feeders and backgrounders. Steer vealers sold from 376c to 406c while the heifer vealers sold from 376c to 396c with the heavier weights averaging 388c/kg. Prime steer yearlings sold from 352c to 390c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 371c/kg. The prime heifer yearlings sold from 330c to 396c/kg.
There was a very limited supply of good quality young steers suitable for the restockers. Those that did sell to the restockers sold from 388c to 427c with those weighing 200kg to 280kg averaging 415c/kg. Young heifers going back to the paddock sold from 354c to 388c with the 200kg to 280kg category averaging 379c/kg.
Lightweight feeder cattle less than 400kg were cheaper while the heavier weights were 6c dearer with any fluctuations mostly quality related. Feeder steers sold from 328c to 399c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 384c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 300c to 376c/kg.
There were very few grown steers yarded in fact there were no grain assisted steers comparable to the previous sales top yarding. The few grown steers yarded were 15c cheaper once again mostly due to quality. The prime medium weights sold from 319c to 340c with the 500kg to 600kg steers averaging 326c/kg. Grown heifers were 3c to 7c cheaper selling from 314c to 340c/kg.
The limited selections of cows were 2c to 6c dearer with the 2 scores selling to the processors from 210c to 234c/kg. There were no lines of cows suitable for the restockers in the yarding. The better 3 and 4 score cows to the processors sold from 240c to 287c with the 4 score heavy weights averaging 277c/kg.
The better muscled heavy weight bulls over 600kg were a little dearer selling from 260c to 297c to average 281c/kg. Young bulls to the restockers sold to 338c/kg.