In a bigger yarding at NVLX Wodonga rates continued to show weaker trends over most classes. The one highlight of the sale was vealers where well finished calves spurred most domestic buyers which lifted prices notably.
The improved vealer quality was the driving force behind a rate lift of 30c and more in places. The better finished vealers offering buyers weight and yield sold from 320-355c while other sales sold at 298-320c/kg.
The trade market struggled to find traction in the yearling section heading into spring. There were plenty of grain assisted steers and prices fluctuated continually over this category. Grain assisted steers sold to a low of 280c before recovering to reach a top of 315c/kg. Lighter weight grain assisted steers 330-400kg was keenly contested topping at 350c with other sales making from 298-345c/kg.
Trade heifers were well supplied with good numbers gran fed. Bidding was lack lustre with some pen lots passed in along the way. The bulk of the heifers 400-500kg sold 12c cheaper making from 250-280c/kg. Lighter weight grain assisted heifers topped at 319c to average 295c/kg.
Feeder cattle were thin on the ground and prices for the medium weight steers fell 23c which was quality related. The few medium weight steers which sold to feed lots made from 270-292c/g. Lighter weight fed steers was unchanged to a few cents dearer selling at 286-320c/kg.
Grown steers and bullocks were in greater numbers and quality was excellent over most weight categories. Demand varied from processors depending in part to breed. Overall prices dipped 7c to 9with the bulk of bullocks and steers making from 266-296c/kg.
It was a similar sized yarding of cows and all weights and grades were represented. Heavy cows sold to weaker demand easing 1-4c making from 236-250c/kg. Leaner grades met with stronger southern competition lifting up to 9c/kg. The D2 and D3 medium weights sold at 194-236c/kg. Ends…