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The bigger numbers caused mixed price trends over some categories.
Changes to feeder cattle prices in the past few weeks show how the market is still finding a balance between supply and demand.
There were fewer orders this week and prices dipped 11c for medium weight steer weights 400-500kg to make from 240-329c/kg. Lighter weights experienced prices fluctuations to firm making from 240-315c/kg. In the heifer run prices for light and medium weights dipped 2c-8c with those categories selling from 210-298c/kg.
The yearling trade market tracked cheaper, with reports of plenty of box meat on offer. The better finished steers slipped 6c making from 300c-328c/kg. Competition for trade heifers was also softer which resulted in rates dipping 6c/kg. The main line of heifers 400-500kg sold at 255-314c/kg.
Despite rain and a stock agent from Geelong prices for store steers was 14-18c cheaper. The bulk of the lighter weight steers 200-280kg selling from 200-300c/kg.
A shortage of heavy steers at major selling centres gave the market greater momentum this week, with prices improving by up to 28c/kg. The dearer trend was obvious at the commencement of the sale with top quality younger lines of grass finished bullocks recording a top price of 341c/kg. There was however a weaker trend for heavy steers 500-600kg with prices easing 4c/kg, the better runs of bullocks consistently made from 284c-336c/kg.
Another strong sale was for of the heavy heifer portion where heifers weighing 540kg plus made up to 318c/kg. All of the better shaped heifers selling from 262c to 315c/kg.
Despite an almost full field of buyers Cow rates slipped 4-7c/kg. Well finished cows sold from 245c-268c/kg. Leaner cows made from 200-248c, while plainer types travelling back to the paddock sold from 180-242c/kg.
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