Yarding 2100 Change -2670
Numbers were back by 2670 for a yarding of 2100. It was a very mixed yarding with a few lines of good feeder cattle along with some well finished trade cattle and grown steers.
There was not the percentage of cows compared to previous sales. There was also a large influence of far western cattle lacking quality and condition. Included in the western cattle was a large consignment of very plain quality cattle lacking condition from the Brewarrina district.
Most of the regular processor and feeder buyers were in attendance and operating with the feeders showing more urgency to secure numbers than the previous sale. The export processors however were the opposite as they slowdown in the lead up to the Christmas break.
NLRS advises the few young cattle to the trade were firm with the prime vealers selling to 289c and the prime yearlings sold from 280c to 288c/kg.
Feeder heifers and lightweight feeder steers were up to 25c dearer while the heavier feeder steers were 4c/kg dearer. Feeder steers sold from 272c to 319c with the lightweights averaging 300c and the medium weights 309c/kg. The prime heavy weight feeder steers over 400kg averaged 306c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 240c to 295c with the light and medium weights averaging 276c while the heavy weights averaged 283c/kg.
Following good falls of rain over the past two days and the forecast for more on the way young restocker cattle were considerably dearer. The young steers to the restockers sold from 246c to 328c while the young heifers sold from 204c to 277c/kg. The very plain heifer yearlings from Brewarrina sold from 129c to 221c while the bulls to the restockers from the same consignment sold from 100c to 188c/kg.
Grown steers were up to 20c cheaper with the prime heavy weights selling from 245c to 269c to average 264c/kg. Good numbers of grown steers to the feeders sold from 250c to 308c/kg. Grown heifers were firm with the better types selling from 246c to 264c to average 253c/kg. Grown heifers lacking quality and finish sold to the restockers ranging in price from 109c to 198c/kg.
Plain conditioned cows to the processors were 3c dearer while the properly finished heavy weights were 10c/kg cheaper. 2 score cows to the processors sold from 144c to 170c to average 147c while the better 3 and 4 score cows sold from 166c to 209c with the prime heavy weights averaging 204c/kg. Plain conditioned cows to the restockers sold at dearer rates due to extra competition. The restocker cows ranged in price from 118c to 195c/kg.
Bulls were around firm with the better heavy weight bulls selling from 210c to 235c/kg.
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