Numbers were up by 675 for a yarding of 3975.
It was a good quality yarding with a good selection of prime young cattle and grown cattle in all sections throughout the yarding.
A number of the cattle yarded were cattle that had been held over waiting for the new financial year.
There were a couple of consignments from Broken Hill along with another consignment from Mungindi. The bulk of the good cattle throughout the yarding were from local districts some off crops but most having had access to grain.
Not all the regular buyers were in attendance with the absence of both feeder and processor orders. The market commenced on a cheaper note but gained momentum as the sale progressed.
NLRS advises young cattle to the trade finished firm to 4c cheaper with steer vealers selling from 300c to 345c/kg. The heifer vealers sold from 310c to 347c with the heavier weights over 330kg averaging 327c/kg. The prime steer yearlings to the trade sold from 282c to 330c to average 308c while the prime heifer yearlings sold to 315c to average 290c/kg.
Feeder steers and heifers commenced the market on a cheaper trend but picked up in price as the sale progressed finishing fully firm. The feeder steers sold from 280c to 355c to average 331c while the feeder heifers sold from 258c to 323c/kg.
As the seasonal conditions worsen in most districts the level of support from the restockers weakens with young steers to the restockers selling from 298c to 358c with the lightweights weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaging 347c while the young heifers going back to the paddock sold to 321c/kg.
There were some excellent lines of properly finished grown steers yarded most of which were grain assisted. They almost held their ground finishing just 3c cheaper with the prime medium weights selling from 275c to 315c to average 298c/kg. There was fair support from the feeders on suitable lines of grown steers suitable for the feedlots with the feeders paying from 270c to 328c/kg. The grown heifers finished 3c to 7c cheaper with a fair percentage of the fall quality related. The grown heifers sold from 245c to 295c with the medium weights averaging 279c/kg.
Cows finished firm to 2c dearer with the 2 scores to the processors selling from 140c to 218c/kg. The restockers paid to 215c/kg for a line of young European cross cows. The better 3 and 4 score cows to the processors sold from 212c to 252c with the prime heavy weights averaging 244c/kg.
It was only a fair line up of bulls which finished 10c cheaper due to the quality available. The better muscled and properly finished heavy weight bulls sold from 224c to 275c to average 250c while young bulls to the restockers sold from 240c to 288c/kg.