Numbers were back by 1300 for a yarding of 2880. It was a fair to good quality yarding with a good selection of well finished cattle in all sections along with a good percentage of cattle lacking finish to suit the restockers and feeders.
There were a number of consignments from the far west which included loads from Broken Hill, Tibooburra, Menindee, Bourke, Wanaaring as well as some cattle from the Coonamble and Baradine districts along with the normal local consignments. Most of the regular buyers were in attendance and operating in a pretty solid market.
MLA market information advises that the young cattle to the trade were 8c dearer with strong support coming from a Central tableland processor along with good competition from a Melbourne based processor. The prime steer vealers sold from 342c to 363c while the prime heifer vealers sold to 378c/kg. Prime steer yearlings sold from 319c to 360c with the good number of heavy weights over 400kg averaging 342c/kg. The prime heifer yearlings sold from 305c to 353c with the heavier weights averaging 327c/kg.
The lightweight feeder steers and feeder heifers were 6c to 9c dearer while the heavier weight feeder steers were 6c cheaper with far less Angus steers falling in to that category compared to the previous sale. The feeder steers sold from 315c to 372c with the over 400kg steers averaging 341c while the feeder heifers sold from 290c to336c/kg.
Young restocker steers sold from 352c to 425c while the young heifers going back to the paddock sold from 330c to 400c/kg.
Grown steers were 7c dearer with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 270c to 330c with the medium weights weighing between 500 and 600kg averaging 326c/kg. Included in the grown steers were a consignment of 140 Droughtmaster steers which were milk and two tooths. They had been grain assisted for 170 days and sold to both the processors and feeders averaging 331c/kg. The feeders paid from 301c to 370c/kg for suitable grown steers. Grown heifers were 4c to 8c dearer with the better shaped heifers in prime condition selling from 280c to 326c/kg.
Plain conditioned cows were firm while the better finished cows were 6c to 7c dearer. 2 score cows sold from 180c to 216c with no cows in the yarding to suit the restockers. The better 3 and 4 score cows sold from 218c to 255c with the prime heavy weights averaging 247c/kg.
Bulls were 12c cheaper mainly due to quality with very few well-muscled and properly finished bulls in the yarding. The few that were there sold from 245c to 267c to average 253c/kg. Once again with the good consignments from the west there were good numbers of young bulls to suit the feeders and restockers. The restockers paid from 298c to 344c while the feeders paid from 250c to 298c/kg.