Cattle: Numbers increased by 240 for a yarding of 1,460 head of cattle. Yearlings made up a large percentage of the yarding along with a small penning of vealers while cows were in fair numbers. Quality of the young cattle was good, with some good runs of well-bred steers and heifers that were suitable for re-stockers and feeders.
The market was strong especially for the lighter end of the vealers and yearlings, with re-stockers and backgrounders keen to acquire cattle. Re-stocker vealer steers sold to a top of 428c, while re-stocker vealer heifers sold to 408c/kg. Light re-stocker yearling steers under 330kg were 20c to 30c dearer selling to 413c, however feeder steers struggled to hold firm in places to average 348c/kg. Feeder heifers attracted increased demand to sell 15c dearer topping at 347c and re-stocker heifers sold to 360c/kg. The few trade heifers sold to a top of 335c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle was made up mainly of cows, along with a small penning of grown steers and heifers. Grown steers topped at 301c and heifers sold to 278c/kg. The cow market improved by 2c to 3c some sales more, with medium weight cows averaging 233c and heavy cows sold to a top of 249c/kg. Some local sales: J & C Hyatt cows 245 c/kg 500kg $1226 * M Doak bulls 248 c/kg575 kg $1427* J Harper young bulls 303 c/kg 311 kg $944 and heifers 366 c/kg 190 kg $695
Sheep: In the sheep & lamb section 4289 were yarded, 858 less than two weeks ago, we saw the market trade lambs firm up $3.00, heavy lambs firm up $5.00 and mutton $10 – $15 dearer.
Last sale for this year 13th December and the first for 2017 10th January.