Yarding 4770 Change 2350
A week of hot windy weather following the previous week’s good rains certainly dried things out which doubled the size of the yarding with a total of 4770.
It was a fairly plain quality yarding with once again large numbers of cows and young cattle in store condition. There were a few lines of well finished trade cattle along with odd pens of well finished grown steers. There was also fair numbers to suit the feeders though the feeder quality was not to the standard of the previous sale. Not all the regular buyers attended with the absence of a major feeder operator however we did have a couple of small feeder buyers return. Most of the cattle were sourced from local districts along with a few consignments from the far west.
NLRS advises the young cattle to the trade were firm with prime steer yearlings selling from 258c to 300c while the prime heifer yearlings sold to 275c/kg.
Competition for the feeder cattle was weaker due to the absence of a major operator and the fact the quality was not quite to the standard of previous sales. Feeder cattle were up to 18c cheaper with the feeder steers selling from 230c to 316c with the medium weights averaging 274c and the heavy weights 294c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 200c to 274c with the light and medium weights averaging around 250c and the heavy weights 261c/kg.
With a large increase in numbers of young cattle lacking finish and the very dry week the young cattle to the restockers were 25c cheaper and more in places with some sales registering falls up to 50c/kg. The young steers sold from 159c to 306c with the lightweights less than 200kg averaging 290c/kg. The young restocker heifers sold from 120c to 225c with the good number of young heifers weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaging 195c/kg.
Grown steers were 2c cheaper with the prime medium weights selling from 273c to 285c to average 283c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 230c to 300c/kg. Grown heifers were 15c cheaper with quality a factor. The better grown heifers sold from 219c to 265c with the heavy weights averaging 237c/kg.
All grades of cows were cheaper as most works start the slowdown in the lead up to Christmas. Plainer conditioned cows to the processors were 25c cheaper and more in places while the properly finished heavy weight cows were 7c/kg easier. 1 and 2 score cows to the processors sold from 38c to 166c while the better 3 and 4 scores sold from 150c to 224c with the prime heavy weights averaging 215c/kg. Cows to the restockers were also cheaper selling from 74c to 173c/kg. A single pen of cows was purchased by a feeder operator who paid 193c/kg.
Bulls were 9c cheaper with the better heavy weights selling from 211c to 237c to average 223c/kg. Young bulls to the restockers sold from 207c to 300c while the feeders paid from 219c to 226c/kg.
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