Cattle: The number of cattle yarded was well up on last week to 1118, consisting of larger supply of young cattle, especially vealer heifers and yearling heifers, while there was a fair penning of steers offered. Quality of the young cattle was mixed with an odd pen of well finished yearling heifers off crop and supplementary fed suitable for the trade, along with several runs of weaners and yearlings suitable for feeders and re-stockers.
The market continued to be strong with re-stocker vealer steers selling mainly unchanged topping at 369c/kg. Re-stocker vealer heifers met very keen demand, especially the well-bred cattle to gain 20c topping at 355c/kg. Feeder steers held firm to average 354c, while re-stockers sold to a top of 374c/kg. Trade yearling heifers met strong butcher competition selling to a top of 355c/kg. Light re-stocker yearling heifers sold 10c dearer topping at 360c, while re-stocker and feeder medium weight yearling heifers held firm to average 340c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle was made up mainly of cows. The few grown heifers sold to a top of 295c/kg. The cow market was firm to 4c dearer with medium weight cows averaging 240c and heavy cows sold to a top of 260c/kg. Some local sales: M Doak Heifers 333¢ 300kg $ 999.00
Sheep: There was a yarding of 4,472 head of sheep, of which there was close to 3,400 lambs offered. Quality of the lambs was fairly good with several runs of well finished supplementary fed lambs sold, along with several lots of light lambs through the sale. The market saw light and trade lambs sell $2 to $5 cheaper, while heavy lambs were $5/head dearer. The yarding of mutton consisted of an improved quality penning of ewes and wethers and also increased numbers of heavier sheep. Mutton was up to $10/head dearer due to the combination of the improved quality and stronger buyer interest. Local sales: J & A Doak 49kg xb lambs $136. Next sheep and lamb sale 3rd August.