CATTLE: The number of cattle yarded was well up by 494 to total 1284 with a large increase in yearling numbers and a few more cows. Quality of the young cattle was mixed with some good runs of well finished and well bred cattle through the sale, however there was a few pens of plain cattle offered. Feeder and re-stocker buyers were active in the market however there was only a small percentage of young cattle that were acquired by the traders. The market was generally firm to stronger for most classes of cattle. Re-stocker vealer steers sold to a top of 364¢, while vealer heifers to slaughter topped at 325¢/kg. Re-stockers and backgrounders were keener to acquire cattle this week, resulting in lighter yearling steers and heifers selling to a dearer trend. Light restock yearling steers sold to a top of 357¢ and re-stocker yearling heifers topped at 322¢/kg. Feeder steers averaged 308¢ for the medium weights. Trade yearling heifers were slightly dearer selling to a top of 308¢/kg. Feeder heifers were up by 10¢ to average 308¢/kg. The export cattle market was made up mainly of cows, along with a small penning of grown steers and heifers. Steers sold to a top of 270¢ to slaughter and feeders topped at 322¢/kg. Heifers sold to a top of 280¢/kg. The cow market was up by 8¢ with several pens of well finished heavy 3 and 4 score cows offered. Medium weights averaged 223¢ and heavy cows sold to a top of 232¢/kg.Some local sales MJ Doak light vealer bulls 270 c/kg 265 kg $715.50.
SHEEP: There was a yarding of just over 3,000 lambs offered, consisting of a good supply of trade weights, several pens of light lambs and there was a fair penning of heavy lambs with dorper lambs also well represented. Quality was good which, is an indication of good season being experienced in the area at the present time. Despite the good quality line up of lambs’ competition was weaker, with most lambs selling $8 to $10 per head cheaper. Young lambs sold to a top of $134 per head. Heavy lambs topped at $160 and dorper lambs sold to a top of $145 per head.