Cattle: Numbers were down again this week for a yarding of 497 head. Young cattle made up the largest percentage of the yarding while there were a few less grown cattle offered. Quality of the young cattle was mixed with several pens of well-bred steers and heifers along with some plainer grade cattle. Most of the vealers and yearlings were obtained by feeder and re-stocker buyers, with only an odd prime 2 and 3 score vealer and yearling going to the trade.
The market generally improved with re-stocker vealer steers gaining 10c and more in places selling to a top of 392c to average358c, while vealer heifers to the trade sold to a top of 307c/kg. Feeder and re-stocker yearling steers gained 10c with medium weight feeders selling to a top of 345c to 327c and re-stockers to 359c/kg. Feeder heifers sold to a top of 307c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle consisted of a small penning of grown steers and heifers and a few less cows. The market improved slightly with heavy feeder steers selling to a top of 330c, while grown heifers sold to a top of 275c/kg. The cow market improved by up to 5c with 3 score medium weights under 520kg averaging 217c and heavy cows sold to a top of 220c/kg.
Sheep: Numbers down by 950 head to yard 3,380. This in turn resulted with trade lambs firm, heavy lambs also firm, mutton 8 – 10 dollars dearer and store lambs up $8 – $12. Local sales * Jo Harper xb hoggetts $98 Small CFA merino ewes $55 * R & J Bowen dorper hoggetts $88