Market Report 3 November

Numbers remained steady for a yarding of 600 head. Weaners and yearlings made up a large percentage of the sale, while there was a small number of grown cattle. Quality of the young cattle was mixed, with several pens of well finished yearlings suitable for the trade, along with some well-bred steers and heifers offered. There were a larger number of lighter cattle through the sale that were more suitable for re-stocker’s and backgrounders with a few heavier cattle suitable for feeders. Falls of rain throughout the north and smaller numbers being yarded, resulted in the market being much higher. With the exception of a few pens of well finished yearlings going to the trade, the remainder of the young cattle went to re-stocker’s and backgrounders and a few heavy cattle to feeders. Re-stocker vealer steers were 20c to 30c dearer, some sales topping at 347c/kg. Feeder and re-stocker yearling steers were up by 15c to 20c, selling to a top of 329c/kg. Trade yearling steers sold to a top of 305c and heifers topped at 300c/kg. Re-stocker yearling heifers sold to a top of 307c/kg. The yarding of export cattle consisted mainly of cows, along with a few grown steers and heifers. Grown steers sold to a top of 307c and heifers topped at 258c/kg. The cow market improved by 4c to 10c, with medium weights averaging around 229c and heavy cows sold to a top of 259c/kg.

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