Cattle: Rain over the week end saw a reduced yarding of 565 head of cattle. Young cattle and cows were the majority of the stock yarded in a very plain quality line up of cattle, with the exception of an odd pen of well finished supplementary fed yearlings, and a few pens of medium and heavy cows.
Following the rain, re-stocker and feeder buyers were keener to acquire cattle, resulting in mainly dearer prices. Re-stocker weaner steers were 10c to 15c dearer, selling to a top of 358c and heifer re-stocker vealer heifers topped at 308c/kg. Re-stocker and feeder yearling steers were up by 4c to 10c, selling to a top of 336c, while heifers were up by 20c, selling to a top of 312c/kg. Trade buyers competed to fill there butcher orders on limited numbers of supplementary fed yearlings, with trade yearling steers selling to a top of 332c and heifers topped at 325c/kg.
The yarding of very mixed export cattle saw grown heifers sell to a top of 279c, while the cow market was firm to 6c dearer, with medium weights averaging 231c and heavy cows sold to a top of 245c/kg.
Sheep & Lambs: There was a smaller yarding of 2,185 sheep, of which there was 1,550 lambs yarded. Quality of the lambs was fairly good with several lots supplementary fed, there was also increased numbers of Dorper lambs yarded this week. Competition was stronger with trade lambs selling $3 to $8 dearer, while heavy and extra heavy lambs were $20/head dearer.
The yarding of mutton consisted of a good penning of heavy ewes and wethers, along with a fair number of light and medium weights. The market was generally firm to slightly dearer.