Consistent rain in the supply area reduced numbers to 1389. That’s down 946, but the quality remains good with a large number of well finished supplementary fed yearlings offered.
Feeders were active on most lines of young cattle and processors were keen to secure numbers. Grown steers and bullocks were limited with prime bullocks over 600kg in very short supply and there were around 200 mixed quality cows penned.
Most of the usual buyers operated in a dearer market.
Light restocking steer vealers ranged from 316c to 362c and heifers 284c to 318c/kg. MLA markets reported that heavy trade vealers over 330kg lifted 15c to 20c and ranged from 339c to 362c/kg. Feeder steers and heifers gained 25c with steers selling from 280c to 369c averaging 355c/kg on steers over 400kg. Medium weight heifers to feed ranged from 290c to 323c averaging 310c and heavy 3 scores averaged 329c/kg after strong competition from processors. Trade yearlings were 15c to 20c stronger with steers selling from 300c to 354c averaging 344c and heifers 310c to 344c/kg.
Prime grown steers and bullocks were in very limited numbers with heavy Limo bullocks reaching 310c/kg. Medium weight cows sold from 221c to 248c and heavy D muscled 3 and 4 scores 235c to 263c/kg. A large draft of C muscled high yielding Charolais cows sold from 276c to 279c/kg. The best of the heavy B muscled bulls topped at 279.2c/kg.