With the forecast of useful rain over the next few days numbers were back by 830 for a pretty good quality yarding of 2980.
There were good numbers of young cattle to suit the feeders and trade buyers along with a pretty good selection of cows. The bulk of the cattle were sourced from local districts though there was still a couple of loads in from the far west with a consignment from Broken Hill as well as a large load of around 300 pretty plain conditioned Hereford cattle from South Australia. There were not the numbers of grown steers in the yarding compared to previous sales.
All of the regular buyers were in attendance and operating in a fairly solid market in most sections.
NLRS advise that the young cattle to the trade were 7c to 10c dearer with steer vealers selling to 318c and the heifer vealers selling from 306c to 326c/kg. Prime steer yearlings sold from 284c to 312c with the heavier weights averaging 296c while the prime heifer yearlings to the trade sold from 263c to 300c/kg.
Feeder steers were 2c to 3c cheaper despite all the regular buyers competing for their share however the feeder heifers were 5c/kg dearer. Feeder steers sold from 273c to 323c with the large number over 400kg averaging 308c while the lighter weights averaged 312c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 265c to 313c with the heavy weights averaging 294c and the lighter weights 299c/kg.
With the anticipation of good rains there was solid support from the restockers on any suitable young cattle. Young steers and heifers to the restockers were up to 40c dearer with young steers selling from 294c for very plain crossbreds to 422c for lightweight Hereford calves from South Australia. Young heifers to the restockers sold from 294c to 370c to average around 330c/kg. The older steer yearlings to the restockers and backgrounders sold from 296c to 365c while heifer yearlings going back to the paddock sold to 286c/kg.
The smaller selection of grown steers were firm with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 268c to 273c to average 270c while the grown steers to the feedlotters sold from 258c to 298c/kg. Grown heifers were also around firm with the heavy weights over 540kg selling from 256c to 263c/kg.
Cows were firm to 2c cheaper with the 2 scores selling from 160c to 221c while a single pen of suitable cows sold to the restockers for 204c/kg. The Better 3 and 4 score cows to the processors sold from 208c to 236c to average 230c/kg
It was a much plainer quality line up of bulls which were cheaper selling from 220c to 264c while the large number of young western bulls to the restockers sold 255c to 275c/kg.