Up to 80mm and more of fantastic rain for the week in most local districts reduced numbers considerably for a yarding of 1645.
It was a fair quality yarding with a pretty good section of well finished cattle in all sections along with some plainer types in from the far west with some consignments from Broken Hill and Bourke which were trucked earlier in the week. Most of the regular buyers were competing in a solid market.
Young cattle to the trade were 15c to 20c dearer with steer vealers selling to 362c while the heifer vealers sold from 314c to 360c/kg. Prime steer yearlings sold from 310c to 344c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 326c while the prime heifer yearlings sold from 302c to 345c to average 321c/kg. The bulk of the support for the properly finished trade cattle came from mid-western and southern wholesalers.
Young feeder cattle were up to 20c dearer with the feeder steers selling from 305c to 362c with the prime heavy weights over 400kg averaging 331c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 308c to 333c with the medium weights weighing between 330kg and 400kg averaging 327c/kg.
A very limited selection of young cattle to suit the restockers sold to solid competition with the young steers selling from 310c to 392c while the young heifers going back to the paddock sold from 298c to 368c/kg.
Despite the smaller yarding there were still some good lines of well finished grown steers which had been grain assisted. Grown steers were 15c dearer and more in places with the processors outbidding the feeders to secure numbers on some of the lighter weights. The prime light and medium weights sold from 268c to 337c with the lighter weights weighing between 400kg and 500kg averaging 328c while the heavier weights weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaged 314c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 300c to 336c/kg. Grown heifers were 6c dearer selling from 270c to 320 with the lighter weights less than 540kg averaging 308c/kg.
Cows were mostly 4c to 6c dearer with some of the plainer types experiencing larger gains. The 2 score cows sold from 170c to 218c to average 207c while the better 3 and 4 score cows sold from 208c to 248c with the prime heavy weights averaging 237c/kg. The restockers competed solidly on a small pen of Charolais cows paying to 250c/kg.
Bulls were 12c dearer with the better muscled and properly finished heavy weights selling from 216c to 260c to average 256c/kg. Due to the far western consignments there was a pretty good selection of young bulls to suit the restockers and feeders which all sold at dearer rates. The feeders paid from 296c to 318c for young bulls while the restockers paid from 293c to 389c/kg.