With a few showers of rain about numbers were back considerably on the expected draw with agents losing 1000 cattle to yard 3300.
It was a mixed quality yarding with a good selection of cows along with some good pens of well finished grown steers. Ideal trade cattle were in limited supply with a large percentage of the yarding made up of secondary cattle lacking quality. There were also good numbers of weaner cattle suitable for the restockers with both far western and local graziers choosing to offload before the cattle lose their freshness. There were consignments from Wilcannia Brewarrina Mungindi Gulgong and local districts. Not all the regular buyers were operating with some feeder operators unable to start due to the lack of numbers of cattle to suit.
Young cattle to the trade were 5c to 7c cheaper with prime vealers selling from 316c to 340c with the heavier heifers over 330kg averaging 324c/kg. The prime steer yearlings sold from 280c to 350c with the medium weights weighing between 330kg and 400kg averaging 327c/kg. The prime heifer yearlings sold from 275c to 305c/kg.
Feeder steers and lightweight feeder heifers were up to 12c cheaper while the heavier feeder heifers were firm with the plainer quality of the cattle available having an effect on the market. Feeder steers sold from 270c to 363c with the heavy weights over 400kg averaging 331c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 276c to 332c to average 295c/kg.
The large numbers of young restocker steers were firm with some local graziers seizing on the opportunity to secure good numbers of one brand good quality weaners. The young steers to the restockers sold from 278c to 389c while the young heifers going back to the paddock sold from 280c to 349c/kg.
Grown steers were 7c dearer with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 291c to 307c to average 300c/kg. Grown steers to the feeder orders sold from 246c to 338c/kg. Grown heifers were also dearer selling from 252c to 283c/kg.
Cows were 5c to 7c dearer with the 2 scores selling from 180c to 212c to the processors and 225c/kg to the restockers. The better 3 and 4 score cows sold from 212c to 260c with some very well-muscled Limousin C muscle cows topping at 267c/kg. The prime heavy weight cows averaged 243c/kg.
Bulls sold at firm rates with the well-muscled heavy weights selling from 235c to 281c/kg. The feeders paid to 301c for young bulls and the restockers paid to 330c/kg.