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NVLX Wodonga 12 Nov 2017: Grainfed firm, buyers more selective on grassfed

by Leann Dax, 13 December 2017

Numbers lifted higher to 2,700 at NVLX Wodonga. The market this week continued to fluctuate as it struggles to find price traction this summer.

Some of the well finished 100 day grain fed trade weight cattle were firm on last week’s market, while buyers were more selective across the grass finished drafts. Trade steers sold from 252-287c/kg. Trade heifers were in short supply with prices firm to 2c easier selling at 248-282c/kg.

There were bigger numbers of vealers on offer and top quality pens lacked support with buyers reluctant to push over 300c/kg. The bulk of vealers sold 12-16c cheaper making from 251 to 300c, with a few isolated sales making from 302-316c/kg.

The pick of the secondary steers were unable to match last week’s higher prices. The bulk of the feeder steers 400-500kg sold 15c cheaper making from 262-301c/kg. Lighter weight feeder steers eased 7c making from 273-306.2c/kg.

There were very few heifers suitable to feed on prices ranged from 235-260c/kg.

Light weight steers returning to the paddock sold to weaker demand with prices slipping 9-12c/kg. Steers 200-300kg made from 286-318c/kg.

In the export section prices were solid for young well finished steer’s bullocks which helped cement a floor in rates. Heavy steers 500-600kg were firm making from 252-277c/kg. Bullocks were also unchanged making from 252-280c to average 269c/kg.

The second last cow sale for the year saw numbers lift to just over 700 cows and 55 bulls. All weights and grades were represented and competition was subdued. Prices were 10-12c/ kg cheaper. Heavy cows averaged 225c, while leaner types sold from 200-220c/kg.


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