Numbers were up by 300 for a yarding of 4410.
Earlier in the sale there was a large influence of far western cattle and the quality could only be described as fair with consignments from Broken Hill, Mungindi, Enngonia, Hungerford and Bourke. Later in the sale though there were some very well finished vealers and grown steers sourced from local districts. The cow quality was mixed in an erratic market. Most of the regular buyers were operating with the addition of an extra Southern trade operator and store buyer.
NLRS market information advises prime steer yearlings and vealers to the trade were firm while the heifer yearlings were up to 8c cheaper. The prime steer vealers sold from 300 to 345c which was paid for top quality Limousin calves. The steer vealers over 330kg averaged 345c while the heifer vealers sold from 295c to 346c/kg which was once again paid for Limousins. The prime steer yearlings sold from 275c to 320c with the heavy weights over 400kg averaging 305c/kg. The prime heifer yearlings sold from 267c to 323c with the heavy weights averaging 278c/kg.
Feeder steers were firm to 3c cheaper with far less ideal Angus steers yarded compared to previous sales. The feeder heifers were 2c to 6c/kg dearer. Feeder steers sold from 285c to 334c with the prime steers over 400kg averaging 309c while the feeder heifers sold from 251c to 309c/kg.
Young cattle to the restockers were up to 10c dearer with the added support coming from the fresh southern order creating the rise. Young steers to the restockers sold from 308c to 344c while the young heifers going back to the paddock sold from 248c for plain quality calves to 325c/kg for good quality Angus calves.
Grown steers were 7c to 10c cheaper compared to the previous sales dearer market with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 260c to 298c/kg. The large number of prime medium weights weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaged 278c while lightweight grown steers less than 500kg sold to 312c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 275c to 319c/kg. It was a plainer quality yarding of grown heifers with the heavier weights holding firm and the lighter weights falling 9c/kg. Grown heifers to the processors sold from 250c to 280c/kg.
Lightweight cows were firm while the better finished heavier weights to the processors were 6c to 8c cheaper. 2 score cows to the processors sold from 155c to 202c while the plainer cows to the restockers sold from 179c to 216c/kg. The better 3 and 4 score cows to the processors sold from 195c to 255c with the prime heavy weights averaging 233c/kg.
Bulls held firm with the better muscled and properly finished bulls selling from 240c to 280c/kg. The restockers paid from 196c to 280c for young bulls from the far west.