Steers experienced only quality related price changes. Medium and heavy weight yearling heifers improved in price while cows sold to a stronger demand.
A mixed quality line up of cattle was penned and drawn from a wide supply area. A large panel of buyers was present and operating, with feeder operators in direct competition to export processors on the heavy end.
Cattle were drawn from a wide area of the state as well as some from the Northern Territory. Buyer attendance was not as good as the previous week and similar to other markets most were operating very selectively.
Light weight yearling steers were in the largest numbers, along with a good number of light weight yearling heifers. Around 880 cows were penned and close to 60% of the cows offered were returned to the paddock.
Buyer attendance was not as good as the previous week and similar to other markets most were operating very selectively.
The overall quality was not up to the standard of the previous week. Prices eased for most classes of yearling steers by 2c to 10c/kg, with some of the losses related to the quality penned.
Some extra competition, combined with a small improvement in quality and smaller numbers, resulted in light weight yearling steers to restockers or backgrounders averaging 11c to 26c/kg dearer.
Light weight yearling steers to restockers or background struggled to remain firm, yearling heifers eased 5-12c/kg, however medium and heavy weight yearling steers meeting feedlot specifications sold to a strong market and medium weight yearling heifers to feed for the domestic market experienced no change in price.
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.