Despite another week of dry weather numbers were only up by 200 for a yarding of 3990.
As the seasonal conditions continue to worsen young cattle to the restockers were 12c to 22c cheaper with the young steers selling from 295c to 376c while the young heifers to the restockers sold from 270c to 315c/kg.
Overall it was a pretty plain quality yarding with only odd pens of well finished cattle scattered throughout. Ideal feeder cattle were also in limited supply. There was a fairly strong influence of far western cattle with consignments coming from South Australia Cobar Bourke Broken Hill Goodooga along with the expected loads from local districts. Not all the regular buyers were operating in a mostly cheaper market.
NLRS reports that young cattle to the trade were up to 12c cheaper with the prime steer vealers selling from 290c to 350c to average around 335c while the prime heifer vealers to the trade sold from 293c to 349c/kg. Prime steer yearlings sold from 320c to 352c with the heavy weights over 400kg averaging 301c while the prime heifer yearlings sold from 270c to 346c with the heavy weights here averaging 282c/kg.
The medium weight feeder steers and heifers and the better quality Angus feeder steers were firm while the balance of the feeders were 6c to 9c cheaper. The feeder steers sold from 280c to 366c with the heavy weights over 400kg averaging 336c while the feeder heifers sold from 257c to 331c/kg. The medium weight feeder heifers weighing between 330kg and 400kg averaged 310c/kg.
Grown steers were 9c cheaper with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 262c to 308c with the medium weights weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaging 293c/kg. Export weight feeder steers sold from 273c to 359c/kg which was paid for two tooth Angus steers. Grown heifers sold from 235c to 291c to average 258c/kg.
Cows were 6c to 8c cheaper with the 2 scores to the processors selling from 158c to 215c/kg. The restockers paid 129c and 200c/kg for cows to fatten. The better 3 and 4 scores sold from 205c to 245c with the prime heavy weights averaging 236c/kg.
Bulls finished firm with the better muscled heavy weights selling from 240c to 286c to average 261c/kg. The feeders paid 266c for a suitable pen of young bulls and the restockers paid to 289c/kg.