Numbers were back by 380 for a yarding of 4750.
It was a pretty good quality yarding with a large percentage of young cattle to suit the feeders and backgrounders along with some good runs of well finished cows and grown steers.
Most of the regular buyers were present with the exception of some northern feeder orders. Despite the very hot conditions throughout the week there were still some far western consignments with loads coming from Bourke White Cliffs Coonamble Nymagee and a large consignment from Menindee.
MLA market information advises that young cattle to the trade were around firm with the steer vealers selling from 335c to 349c while the heifer vealers sold from 299c to 373c with the medium weights weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaging 329c/kg. The prime steer yearlings sold from 298c to 351c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 321c while the prime heifer yearlings sold from 302c to 335c to average 310c/kg.
Feeder steers were 6c to 10c cheaper while the feeder heifers were 15 to 22c/kg easier due to the absence of a couple of regular operators. The buyers who were operating did not show any urgency to secure large numbers indicating that some of the feedlots are starting to fill. The feeder steers sold from 282c to 348c with the large number of prime heavier weights over 400kg averaging 331c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 290c to 323c with the larger number of medium weights weighing between 330kg and 400kg averaging 315c/kg.
There were very few lightweight young cattle suitable for the restockers to operate on. With the very hot conditions those that were in the yarding were cheaper with steers selling to 446c with the lightweights less than 200kg averaging 429c/kg. Young heifers to the restockers sold from 338c to 466c with the lightweights averaging 412c/kg.
There were some top runs of well finished grown steers a number of which had been grain assisted. Grown steers were up to 8c cheaper with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 275c to 313c with the prime medium weights weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaging 294c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 260c to 340c/kg for two tooths. Grown heifers were firm selling to 302c with the medium weights weighing less than 540kg averaging 292c/kg.
It was a good quality yarding of cows with the bulk of those yarded in prime condition with very few plain conditioned cows throughout. Cows were 10c to 12c cheaper with the 2 and 3 scores selling from 180c to 230c/kg. The 4 score heavy weights sold from 218c to 238c to average 230c/kg.
Bulls were fully firm with the better muscled heavy weights in good condition selling from 243c to 265c to average 249c/kg. There was a good selection of young bulls in store condition including a number in the Menindee consignment. Young bulls to the restockers sold from 240c to 344c while the feeders paid from 256c to 306c/kg. There was no activity from the live exporters.