Young cattle to the restockers sold cheaper with the absence of some regular southern orders.
Numbers lifted this sale finishing with a total yarding of 5160. It was a mixed yarding with once again large numbers of weaners in all runs as growers remain nervous about the season. There were odd pens of well finished trade cattle and grown steers some off crops and some fattened with grain assistance. Once again there were good numbers of cows. The bulk of the cattle were sourced from most local districts along with some Mudgee cattle and a Condobolin consignment. Not all the regular buyers attended with the absence of some southern restockers and feeders. A southern trade processor was also absent.
NLRS advises the young cattle to the trade were 10c cheaper with the prime steer yearlings selling from 250c to 306c with the heavy weights averaging 301c/kg. The prime heifer yearlings sold from 230c to 290c/kg.
The overall quality of the feeder cattle available was not to the standard of the previous sales with only a couple of pens that could be described as ideal. Lightweight feeder steers were 9c cheaper while the feeder heifers and the heavier feeder steers were 4c to 6c dearer as operators continue to find it difficult to source numbers of cattle that are heavy enough. The feeder steers sold from 220c to 313c with the light and medium weights averaging 254c and 271c while the few ideal heavier weights averaged 295c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 217c to 288c with the lightweights averaging 245c and the heavy weights 273c/kg.
Competition was reduced greatly for the large number of young cattle suitable for the restockers with the absence of some regular buyers from the south. Young steers to the restockers were 5c cheaper while the young heifers were up to 25c/kg easier. The young restocker steers sold from 150c to 282c with the large number weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaging 250c while the young heifers sold from 100c to 230c with the calves weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaging just 201c/kg. The large number of heifer yearlings going to the restockers sold at similar rates.
Grown steers were firm with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 245c to 310c/kg which was paid for outstanding grain assisted milk and two tooth steers from the Wellington district. Grown heifers were also firm with the better types selling from 251c to 294c to average 279c/kg.
Plain conditioned cows to the processors were firm to 3c dearer while the properly finished cows were 15c/kg dearer. 1 and 2 score cows sold from 100c to 175c with the 2 score cows weighing between 400kg and 520kg averaging154c while the better 3 and 4 scores sold from 166c to 248c with the prime heavy weights averaging 220c/kg. Once again good numbers of cows sold to the feeders and restockers selling from 100c to 203c/kg.
Bulls were 12c cheaper with quality a factor with the better heavy weight bulls selling from210c to 230c/kg.
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