Yarding 3160 Change -2370
All sections were cheaper in a much much smaller yarding.
With 20mm plus of rain earlier in the week and the thought that the numbers may be starting to run out the yarding fell by almost 2400 for a yarding of 3160.
It was a mostly plain quality yarding with yearlings in store condition making up the majority of the penning with only odd pens of prime cattle mixed throughout. Cows were also well supplied though the quality was not to the standard of the previous sale. There was limited numbers of well finished grown steers yarded and a large percentage of those that were penned were carrying 6 teeth. There was pretty good numbers of grown heifers in the yarding though a large percentage were poor quality and presented in plain condition. Once again the cattle were sourced from a large area with consignments from Cunnamulla Moree Bourke and South Australia out from Broken Hill along with the usual local consignments. Not all the regular buyers were operating with some southern processors and feeders not participating. There were also some southern restockers absent who had become regular supporters.
NLRS advises the young cattle to the trade were 10c cheaper with quality a factor in the fall. Buyers were keen to operate on prime conditioned cattle which were in limited supply. The prime steer yearlings sold from 255c to 314c while the prime heifer yearlings sold from 256c to 302c/kg.
Feeder steers were 8c to 10c cheaper while the feeder heifers were firm to 5c/kg easier. The feeder steers sold from 250c to 294c with buyers still keener to operate on any of the cattle carrying more weight. The light and medium weight feeder steers average 260c and 272c while the heavier weights averaged 279c and 287c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from230c to 289c with once again buyers keener to operate on the heavier weights.
Due to the absence of some southern restockers young cattle to the restockers were 12c to 15c/kg cheaper compared to the previous sales dearer market. Young steers to the restockers sold from 190c to 280c while the young heifers sold from 149c to 230c/kg.
Grown steers finished 10c cheaper with the age of those steers that were in prime condition having a large effect on the result. The prime medium weights sold from 277c to 323c/kg. There were large numbers of Hereford grown steers selling to the restockers which were mostly from the South Australian consignment. They were in plain condition and sold from 166c to 219c/kg. Prime conditioned grown heifers were 3c cheaper with the better types selling from 260c to 290c/kg. As with the steers there was large numbers of the South Australian Herefords sold to the restockers and they sold from 50c to 210c/kg.
Plain conditioned cows were firm to dearer while the better finished cows were 5c to 8c/kg cheaper compared to the previous sales dearer market. 2 score cows to the processors sold from 158c to 218c with the large number weighing between 400kg and 520kg averaging 201c/kg. The better 3 and 4 scores sold from 185c to 252c with the prime heavy weights averaging 240c/kg. Cows to the restockers were 3c cheaper and sold from 120c to 204c/kg.
Bulls were 12c cheaper with once again quality a factor with the better heavy weight bulls selling from 225c to 255c/kg. Young bulls to the restockers sold from 154c to 210c/kg.
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