Yarding 6450 Change 420
Grown heifers registered the only gains lifting by 10c in a market that saw all other sections lose a little ground in the larger yarding.
Numbers lifted by 400 for a yarding of 6450.It was a plainer quality yarding with once again good numbers of young cattle lacking finish. There were a few lines of top quality cows yarded along with good numbers of plainer types. There were very large numbers of yearlings yarded which were mostly suitable for the restockers and feeders. Ideal trade cattle were in limited supply compared to the good numbers of well finished yearlings in the previous sale. There was only a limited supply of well finished grown steers along with fair numbers of prime conditioned grown heifers. The cattle were sourced from near and far with consignments from Bourke Brewarrina South Australia Mudgee Coonamble Quambone Inverell and local districts. Most of the regular processors were operating though some southern restockers and feedlotters were absent.
NLRS advises the young cattle to the trade were 10c to 14c cheaper with the plainer quality of those available a factor in the fall. The prime steer yearlings sold from 260c to 323c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 307c while the prime heifer yearlings sold from 250c to 290c/kg.
With the absence of a couple of regular buyers feeder steers and heifers finished 10c to 13c/kg cheaper. The feeder steers sold from 241c to 311c with the very large number weighing between 280kg and 330kg averaging 274c while the heavier weights over 400kg averaged 300c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 206c to 295c with the light heifers weighing between 280kg and 330kg averaging 247c while the few heavy weights over 400kg averaged 277c/kg.
With some of the southern restockers absent and those that were present claiming that most areas in the south are in the need of rain the young restocker market was close to firm for some and 10c cheaper and more in places for most. The young steers sold from180c to 302c with the calves weighing less than 200kg averaging 219c while the good number weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaged 277c/kg. The young restocker heifers sold from 100c to 254c with the lightweights averaging 211c and the heavier weights weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaged 220c/kg.
The few grown steers were 4c cheaper with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 290c to 307c with the steers weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaging 301c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 230c to 296c/kg. Grown heifers finished 10c dearer with the better heavier weights selling from 250c to 298c/kg.
Plain conditioned cows to the processors were firm while the better finished cows were 9c/kg cheaper. 2 score cows sold from 154c to 204c with the good number weighing between 400kg and 520kg averaging 188c while the better 3 and 4 scores sold from 200c to 275c which was paid for outstanding C muscle Charolais cows. The prime heavy weight cows averaged 244c/kg. Restocker support for cows was only limited with the cows going to the restockers selling at 13c to 15c/kg cheaper rates. Cows to the restockers to fatten sold from 151c to 222c while a top quality pen of young Angus cows sold to a breeder for 225c/kg.
Bulls were firm with the better heavy weights selling from 232c to 265c/kg. Young bulls to the restockers sold from 154c to 254c/kg.
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