Cattle: The short week saw numbers reduced for a yarding of 852 head, in quite a mixed line up of cattle. Vealers and yearlings were well supplied and there was a fair penning of grown cattle. Re-stockers and feeder buyers were active in the market, although not to the extent of previous weeks.
Competition was generally weaker, with the exception of a few lots. Re-stocker vealer steers were down by 25c, in some sales more, and sold to a top of 356c, while vealer heifers were down by 5c selling to a top of 298c/kg. Re-stocker and feeder yearling steers were 2c to 5c cheaper, with medium weight feeder steers averaging 308c/kg. Trade yearling heifers met keen demand, selling to a top of 305c/kg. Feeder heifers also saw little change to average 284c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle consisted of several pens of bullocks, steers and heifers, along with a fair yarding of cows. Bullocks and steers lost some ground, selling to 275c for slaughter, and feeders to 295c/kg. Heifers held firm, topping at 266c/kg. The cow market was down by 5c to 6c, with medium weights averaging 208c and heavy cows sold to a top of 226c/kg.Local sales: Deb McCowan steers 295 kg $3.00 kg $877
Sheep: Numbers were down this week by 2,400 head consisting of a good supply of lambs, with a good percentage of Dorper lambs being offered. Quality was good with mainly well finished lambs through the sale. There was a good supply of trade weights, a few pens of light lambs and while heavy lambs were in fair numbers most of the lambs were well finished with exception of a few pens of light store lambs.
Competition was strong for most lambs with light and trade weights selling $2 to $3 dearer, while heavy lambs were up to $10/hd dearer. Hoggets were in small numbers and continued to sell on a firm market. Mutton held and may have been stronger for the larger framed, better finished with wool types otherwise aged, lighter mutton struggled. Local sales: W Seaton & I Freeman, Bingara Rd, light trade dorper lambs $88 * J & A Doak light cull rams $50 and aged light wethers $58.