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NVLX Wodonga sale 15 Dec 2015: Vealers to 318c

Leann Dax, 16/12/2015

It was a smaller yarding for the last sale of the year at NVLX Wodonga with agents penning to 2,040.

It was more of the same with prices fluctuating within a few cents per kilogram of recent weeks for vealers. Vealers were again a highlight with prices hitting 318.2c/kg. The general run of vealers sold from 270c-317c/kg.

The approaching holiday abattoir closures softened yearling trade prices 3-7c/kg, as not all buyers operated fully. There were only limited numbers of yearling steers 400-500kg which sold to the trade and, the better finished steers made from 274-292c/kg. The plainer steers to the trade sold down to a low of 262c/kg. Medium weight yearling trade heifers tracked close to last week’s rates for the better finished lines to ease 3c, selling at 265 to 278c/kg.

The feeder steer market eased 10-15c, with not all feedlot buyers making purchases. Medium weight steers made from 275c-314c to average 295c/kg.

Heifers suitable to feed-on commanded premium prices and rates were pushed 15c higher for medium weights, with northern feedlots paying from 268-305c to average 284c/kg.

Heavy grown steer and bullock prices fluctuated throughout the sale, with aged steers discounted. Most of the decline in support was from export processors for bullocks which resulted in a cheaper trend of 18c/kg. Bullocks made from 242-286c/kg. Heavy grown steers lacked competition and prices eased 10c to average 270c/kg.

Cow prices continued to cheapen this week amongst the hardest hit was the leaner categories averaging 30-50c less than last week. A similar down trend also hit well finished heavy cows with rates dropping 27c/kg. Heavy higher yielding lines made from 177-224c to average 202c/kg.

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