NVLX Wodonga 12 Apr 2016: Dry conditions draw bigger numbers

Leann Dax, 13/04/2016

Unseasonably warm and dry weather conditions drew a bigger than expected yarding of almost 2,000 cattle at NVLX Wodonga.

The season was reflected in young cattle prices with better-quality vealers holding their values best, while plainer stock bore the brunt of cheaper trends.

The vealer market did fluctuate and prices were affected by as much as 19c/kg, however fresh calves did attract the better competition. European veal and their crosses made from 300-324c/kg. Vealers lacking shape and condition sold at 266-298c/kg.

The trade cattle market opened cheaper, with trade steers selling 17c easier, the better covered 400-500kg making from 278-316c to average 292c/kg.

The trend was not as severe for the heifer portion where prices slipped 8c/kg it followed in line of cheaper trends at other selling centres in Victoria. The main lines of 400-500kg heifers to slaughter made from 280-304c to average 284c/kg.

Prices for feeder steers also slipped due in part to less major feedlot competition from NSW and Queensland. The cheaper market encouraged increased local feedlot competition across the 400-500kg weight range, helping cement a floor in prices. This weight ranged topped at 316c to average 292c/kg.

Prices for young feeder heifers were solid and prices were generally unchanged to a few cents dearer. Feeder heifer’s 330-400kg made from 276- 308c/kg.

Heavy grown steers and bullocks sold 7-17c/kg cheaper. The better finished pens of heavy grown steers made from 270-298c, while bullocks averaged 280.6c/kg.

The cheaper trend continued in the cow market according to National Livestock Data where heavy well finished cows shedding a further 25c/kg to average 212c/kg. Leaner grade sold to slightly stronger demand to ease 13c/kg. Leaner grades made from 190c- 242c/kg. Plainer cows made from 120-185c/kg. Heavy bulls sold 28c cheaper making up to 240c/kg


Your email address will not be published.

Your comment will not appear until it has been moderated.
Contributions that contravene our Comments Policy will not be published.


Get Beef Central's news headlines emailed to you -