Cattle : Numbers yarded today to total 1,555 head, an increase of about 200. The yarding consisted of a few more vealers, while there was larger numbers of yearlings and cows dominating the grown cattle section. The quality of the young cattle was mixed with some good runs of well-bred and good conditioned yearling steers and heifers offered but there was a few plain cattle offered throughout the sale. Competition was strong for lines of better bred cattle, while plainer cattle attracted less interest. Re-stocker vealer steers sold to a top of 374c, while vealer heifers were slightly cheaper selling to a top of 293c/kg. Most of the yearling steers and heifers were acquired by either feeder or re-stocker buyers. Feeder and re-stocker yearling steers held firm with medium weight feeder steers averaging 328c, while feeder heifers varied with quality dictating prices, to average 5c/kg cheaper. Medium weight feeder heifers averaged 293c/kg. The number of export cattle was made up of a few more grown steers and heifers, while there was a fair yarding of cows. Grown steers sold to a top of 284c, while feeders topped at 326c and grown heifers sold to a top of 283c/kg. The cow market was down by 13c to 15c/kg, some sales more. Medium weight cows averaged 223c, while heavy cows sold to a top of 234c/kg.Some local results: D & T Swan Angus steers 338.2c/kg 328.8kg $1111.83*** G & M Starr Brahman steers 300.0c/kg 210kg $630 *** Jackie Stibbard Brahman steers 291.2c/kg 295kg $859.04
Sheep: Numbers increased to almost 3000 head in total. There was a good yarding of lambs, consisting of increased numbers of well finished heavy weights and a good supply of trade lambs. Quality was good with mainly well finished lambs on offer, along with a few pens of light weights sold. Competition was strong with trade weights selling firm to $6 dearer, while heavy lambs were up to $10/head dearer. The yarding of mutton consisted of several runs of heavy mutton with ewes and wethers well supplied. The market improved by up to $10/head for the heavy mutton carrying a full skin. Some local results: Eileen Freeman dorper lambs 39.4kg $92***Wiljaro P/L (Henderson) dorper lambs $123 *** Jo Harper merino ewes $82 and store lambs $77.80*** J & C Hyatt lambs $85.
Next Cattle, Sheep and lamb sale 15th December which will be the last for the year and the first sale in 2016 will be the 5th January.