Despite the continuing dry conditions numbers dropped by 800 for a yarding of 4105.
It was a much better quality yarding than the previous sale with a pretty good selection of young cattle to suit the trade and feeder orders along with good numbers of grown steers and cows. There were far less western cattle yarded this sale though there were still consignments from Brewarrina Hungerford and Quambone. The bulk of the cattle yarded this week were sourced from local districts.
The better selection of trade cattle were up to 10c dearer with steer vealers to the trade selling from 295 to 334c to average 301c while the heifer vealers sold from 300c to 325c/kg. Prime steer yearlings sold from 295c to 331c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 304c while the prime heifer yearlings sold from 260c to 332c to average 287c/kg.
Lightweight feeder steers and heifers were 7c to 11c cheaper while limited numbers of heavier weights over 400kg were around firm. Feeder steers sold from 290c to 328c with the large number of medium weights weighing between 330kg and 400kg averaging 314c while the feeder heifers sold from 274c to 321c with the medium weights here averaging 292c/kg.
There were large numbers of both steer and heifer weaners throughout the yarding as growers make the decision to offload while their cattle are still in fresh condition.
Young steers and heifers to the restockers were up to 20c dearer and more in places with the better quality available certainly having an effect. Young steers to the restockers sold from 250c to 334c while the young heifers to the restockers sold from 278c to 332c/kg.
Grown steers finished 3c to 6c cheaper with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 255c to 303c with the medium weights weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaging 289c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 267c to 316c/kg. Grown heifers were 1c cheaper selling from 250c to 291c with the lighter weights averaging 277c/kg.
Plain conditioned cows were up to 16c cheaper with the 2 scores to the processors selling from 140c to 211c with the cows weighing over 400kg averaging 185c/kg. 2 score cows to the restockers sold from 180c to 186c/kg. The better 3 and 4 scores cows to the processors sold from 185c to 252c with the prime heavy weights averaging 239c/kg.
Bulls were 1c dearer with the properly finished heavy weights selling from 255c to 270c to average 261c/kg. Young bulls to the restockers sold from 225c to 270c/kg.