Numbers fell by 1100 for a yarding of 3300. It was only a fair quality yarding with once again a large influence of far Western cattle lacking finish.
There were consignments from a large part of the Western division including Broken Hill, Cobar, Ivanhoe, Louth, Bourke, and Pooncarie along with good numbers from local districts, though the quality of the local cattle was not to the standard of previous sales. Most sections were dearer with some speculators wondering whether we have seen the bottom of the market.
MLA market information advises that the young cattle to the trade were up to 15c dearer with steer vealers selling to 321c while the heifer vealers sold from 270c to 303c/kg. The prime steer yearlings to trade buyers sold from 270c to 316c with the heavier weights averaging 304c/kg. The prime heifer yearlings sold to 302c with the heavier weights there averaging 293c/kg.
Young feeder cattle were 13c to 17c dearer with the return of one Northern operator. The feeder steers selling from 270c to 320c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 306c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 243c to 297c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 283c/kg.
Young steers to the restockers were 20c dearer which was due to some better lines of good quality Angus calves which did sell to solid competition. The 200kg to 280kg steer calves sold from 304c to 335c to average 321c/kg. The heifer calves in the same weight category sold from 280c to 290c to average 289c/kg.
Limited numbers of properly finished grown steers in the yarding were 4c dearer with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 268c to 288c to average 282c/kg. There were large numbers of grown steers to suit the feeders and they sold from 203c for old bullocks in store condition to 311c for lighter weight two tooths. The 400kg to 500kg feeder steers averaged 296c/kg. The limited selection of grown heifers in prime condition sold to 275c/kg.
Cows to the processors finished 2c to 5c dearer with the 2 scores to slaughter selling from 110c to 178c with the cows over 400kg averaging 169c/kg. The plain conditioned cows to the restockers sold from 167c to 180c/kg. The better conditioned medium and heavy weight cows to the processors sold from 170c to 218c with the 4 score heavy weights averaging 205c/kg.
The limited selection of bulls were 3c cheaper with the better muscled heavy weights selling from 210c to 235c while lightweight bulls sold to the feeders for 286c/kg.