The overall quality of the young light weight cattle was not up to the standard of the previous sale and this was reflected in average prices.
The annual big run of vendor bred weaners lifted total supply to 10,200 head at the Roma store sale.
Light falls of rain in places lifted buyer enthusiasm and prices on light weight yearling steers averaged 6c/kg better.
The sale highlight was the annual draft of 1500 weaner cattle from the Murray family’s Kindee Pastoral Co, which sold to 310c/kg for steers and 276c for heifers.
The largest section of yearling steers to restockers made to 292c while steers to feed made to 276c to average 267c/kg.
Those with feed in the paddock realised prospects to capture a margin as a substantial percentage were drought-affected with room for a turn around.
There was a lift in the standard of some classes of yearling steers and prices improved accordingly
Despite the dry seasonal outlook across most districts, drought affected steer calves continued to receive strong support from restockers. While most other classes of yearling steers and heifers sold to within a few cents either way of the previous sale.
Most buyers were in operation in a market varied according to quality. Feedlot entry weight steers, many of which were bought in the heavier specifications, made to 286c to average 280c/kg.
Quality ranged from very good to poor as some cattle presented were from drought affected areas.