Cattle: There was a larger yarding of 1,293 head with an increase of 500. Yearlings and weaner cattle made up the largest percentage of the yarding, while cow numbers nearly halved. Quality of the young cattle were very mixed with limited numbers of well finished yearlings suitable for the trade, however there was some good runs of well-bred cattle suitable for feeders and back grounders. There was also a noticeable increase in the number of lighter cattle coming onto the market.
Overall there was a small correction in the market with re-stocker vealer steers selling 10c cheaper topping at 380c, while re-stocker vealer heifers saw little change selling to a top of 335c/kg. The limited supply of trade yearling heifers sold firm to slightly easier, topping at 330c/kg. Re-stocker and feeder yearlings were down slightly, with feeder yearling steers struggling to hold firm to average 363c/kg. Feeder heifers were back by 8c to average 334c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle was down in numbers. Grown heifers sold to a top of 287c, while the cow market was 5c cheaper, although cows lacked the yield of last week. Medium weight cows averaged 250c and heavy weights sold to a top of 266c/kg. Local sales: K & M Goodman heifers 290kg 332 c/kg $963
Sheep:There was a rain affected yarding this week. The yarding of lambs consisted mainly of trade weights, a few light lambs and the number of heavy lambs yarded was down on previous sales.The market varied with light trade lambs selling firm to slightly dearer, while heavy lambs held firm. The small penning of mutton was very mixed and saw little change. Some local sales:
Debbie McCowan Dorper Lambs 57.6kg $ 138.00
Dan Hamilton Aussie White Lambs 47.1kg $ 133.00