Cattle: It was a larger yarding compared to the last sale two weeks ago of just over 1,700 head. Young cattle and cows made up the largest percent of the yarding. The yarding of young cattle was made up of a good supply of yearlings and a small penning of vealers. Quality of the young cattle was good with mainly well bred steers and heifers offered that were suitable for feeder and backgrounder buyers, and also in forward 2 and 3 score condition. The market compared to the sale 2 weeks ago saw re-stocker vealer steers hold firm selling to a top of 410c for well breed steers while re-stocker vealer heifers sold to a top of 362c/kg. Medium weight feeders steers were 15c cheaper to average 338c while feeders heifers experienced similar loss to average 324c/kg. Trade yearling heifers met keen demand selling from 290c to 355c/kg. Yarding of export cattle consisted of an odd pen of grown steers while there was a fair penning of heifers and a good yarding of cows. Heifers sold to a top of 289c to average 267c/kg. The cow market saw prices suffer with 2 score cows losing 20c while 3 score medium weights were down by 7c to average 221c and heavy 4 score cows were 17c cheaper selling to a top of 230c, good quality restocker cows sold to a top of 258c/kg. Local sales: Jo Harper heifers 357kg 3.10c/kg $1108
Sheep:There was a yarding of 5,487 sheep yarded, of which there was a penning of 2,624 lambs. The yarding of lambs consisted of a good supply of trade weights and there was also a very good yarding of heavy and extra heavy lambs. Competition was weaker with trade weights sold from $10 to $16 cheaper, however heavy and extra heavy lambs were less affected to be down by $3/head.
The yarding of mutton consisted of a good supply of both medium and heavy mutton. The market was generally strong with 3 score ewes selling to a top of $160 and wethers topped at $166/head.
Jo Harper store lambs 30.7kg $89 * Al & Peter Grant store lambs 35.7kg $112 * Jo Harper xb hoggets $89
Due to the wet weather last week the weaner sale that was scheduled has been postponed now until Friday the 12th May, bookings invited and 1500 head expected.