Cattle:There was a smaller yarding of 1,200 head for the last sale of the year. All categories of cattle were represented, however the yarding consisting mainly of yearling cattle and cows. The yarding of young cattle consisted of a small penning of vealers, along with a good supply of yearlings that was made up of some good runs of well-bred and good conditioned 2 and 3 score steers and heifers. There were lines of cattle that were suitable for both feeders and backgrounders.
The market was strong for feeder and background cattle with re-stocker yearling steers selling to a top of 386c, while medium weight feeder steers 330-400kg sold 4c dearer topping at 365c to average 346c/kg. Heavy feeder steers over 400kg gained 15c and sold to a top of 340c to average 335c/kg. The few trade yearling heifers sold up to 330c/kg. Feeder heifers were up by 10c and sold up to 330c to average 326c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle consisted mainly of cows along with a few pens of grown steers, while there was a fair penning of heifers. Quality was good with grown steers struggling to hold firm topping at 294c, and feeders made to 329c/kg. The heifers sold up to 278c, and were generally down by 6c/kg. The cow market was mainly 10c to 15c cheaper with medium weight 3 score cows averaging 222c and heavy cows sold to a top of 235c/kg. Local sale: I Freeman & W Seaton young bulls 246.2c/kg 292kg $722
Sheep:There was a smaller yarding of sheep of which there was 1,300 lambs offered. Quality was fairly good with several pens of well finished trade lambs offered, along with a few pens of re-stocker lambs. Competition was slightly easier with most lambs selling $4 to $6/head cheaper, although the better quality lambs were less affected.
The yarding of mutton was made up of several pens of ewes and wethers carrying a good skin and in good 3 score condition. The market was overall $2 to $3/head dearer, some sales more. Local sales: Jo Harper Rams $60