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Numbers lifted marginally. The disruption of the Australia day holiday and the mixed quality did affect domestic processor activity.
Prices for 400 to 500kg categories softened.
Heavy export cattle met a larger group of buyers and this was reflected in the dearer price trends.
Demand for trade cattle was weak and the numbers of plainer cattle was testing demand.
Trade steers and heifers sold from 310c to 386c/kg. Light weight steers returning to the paddock gained 15c topping at 506c/kg.
Feeders steers 330kg to 400kg sold 34c cheaper making from 330c to 428c/kg. Medium weight feed steers softened 6c to average 376c/kg.
Medium weight feeder heifers sold firm to shade dearer in places averaging 370c/kg. In the export run improved competition combined to lift prices notably.
Heavy steers and bullocks sold from 340c to 375c/kg.
Cow prices tanked 16 to 18c/kg.
Heavy cows selling from 285c to 305c, with a single cow to 310c/kg. D2 and D3 types made from 220c to 275c/kg.
Market reporter: Leann Dax
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