Numbers lifted by almost 700 for a yarding of 3975. Apart from the local cattle there were also some large consignments from Bourke Broken Hill Walgett Coonamble and White Cliffs.
There was a pretty good selection of prime cattle in all sections with some particularly good lines of heavy weight cows in top condition.
Overall though it was a plainer quality yarding with a large influence of far western cattle throughout the yarding. Not all the regular buyers were in attendance with the absence of a northern feeder operator.
MLA market information advises that the vealers were 12c to 15c dearer while the yearlings to the trade were 3c/kg dearer. The steer vealers sold from 359c to 379c with the heavier weights over 330kg averaging 364c while the heifer vealers sold from 335c to 368c/kg. The prime steer yearlings sold from 326c to 358c with the heavier weights averaging 339c/kg. The prime heifer yearlings sold from 314c to 351c with the medium weights averaging 338c/kg.
Feeder steers finished 4c to 8c dearer while the feeder heifers were firm to 5c/kg dearer. Young feeder steers sold from 323c to 373c with the large number of heavy weights averaging 355c while the feeder heifers sold from 305c to 351c/kg.
Young cattle to the restockers were cheaper due to the plainer quality of those available. Young steers to the restockers sold from 356c to 414c while the young heifers returning to the paddock sold from 312c to 370c/kg.
Grown steers were 2c to 4c dearer selling from 288c to 333c with the medium weights weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaging315c/kg. The heavier weight steers over 600kg sold from 260c to 328c while the grown steers to the feeders sold from 294c to 365c/kg. There was a good supply of grown heifers yarded a number of which were pregnancy tested empty. The lighter weight grown heifers were up to 20c dearer selling to 333c while the heavier weights over 540kg sold from 266c to 287c/kg.
Cows were generally 4c to 8c dearer with the 2 scores to the processors selling from 180c to 218c while the cows going to the restockers sold from 217c to 242c/kg. The good numbers of 3 and 4 score cows sold from 220c to 255c with the prime heavy weights averaging 247c/kg.
Heavy weight bulls were 4c cheaper than the previous sale with the well-muscled heavy weights selling from 255c to 280c to average 275c/kg. The good numbers of young bulls throughout the yarding were around firm with the restockers paying from 300c to 320c while the feeders paid to 316c/kg for young bulls to go into the feedlot.