Numbers were back by 500 for a yarding of 3880. It was a mostly plain quality yarding as the far western people continue to offload as the season worsens.
There were consignments from Coonamble, Bourke, Brewarrina, White Cliffs, Menindee, Narrabri, Hungerford, Fords Bridge and a few loads from Broken Hill. Alll districts are experiencing extremely dry conditions.
There were only odd pens of well finished yearlings and grown steers from local areas which have been grain assisted or have come off crops. The cow quality was mixed and there were large numbers of young weaners throughout the yarding as growers make the decision to offload.
NLRS advises that vealers to the trade were firm while the yearlings were 4c to 11c/kg cheaper. Steer vealers to the trade sold from 315c to 340c while the heifer vealers sold to 325c/kg. Prime steer yearlings sold from 265c to 323c with the heavy weights over 400kg averaging 288c while the prime heifer yearlings sold from 264c to 328c/kg.
Feeder steers were 2c to 4c cheaper while the feeder heifers were up to 9c/kg easier with some of the usual buyers choosing not to start as some of the feedlots get to saturation point. The feeder steers sold from 260c to 326c with the large number over 400kg averaging 304c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 243c to 305c with the heavier weights here averaging 274c/kg.
The large number of far western cattle which included cows and their weaners provided the restockers a much better opportunity to operate on young cattle. Young cattle to the restockers were dearer with the young steers selling from 308c to 353c to average 323c while the young heifers going back to the paddock sold from 228c to 326c/kg.
Grown steers were firm for the medium weights weighing between 500kg and 600kg and up to 12c cheaper for the heavier weights. The prime medium and heavy weights sold from 257c to 290c with the medium weights averaging 278c and the heavy weights 265c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders which included a number of far western steers lacking quality sold from 260c to 313c/kg. Grown heifers were 11c cheaper selling from 255c to 265c/kg.
Plainer conditioned cows to the processors were up to 15c cheaper while the properly finished cows were 4c/kg easier with very limited support coming from northern processors. The better selection of cows suitable for the restockers was in fact 10c to 13c dearer selling from 187c to 219c/kg. 2 score cows to the processors sold from 160c to 185c while the better 3 and 4 score cows sold from 168c to 238c with the prime heavy weights averaging 229c/kg.
Bulls were 8c cheaper with the better muscled heavy weights selling from 230c to 265c to average 253c/kg. There were much larger numbers of young bulls suitable for the restockers which sold from 210c to 286c/kg.