Cattle: The number of cattle yarded eased by 355 for a total of 705 head. The yarding consisted of a good supply of young cattle, however grown cattle numbers were down. The penning of young cattle consisted of a few more vealers and weaners, along with a good supply of yearlings. Quality of the young cattle was fairly good with some good runs of well finished and well-bred steers and heifers through the sale.
The market was variable, although good quality and well-bred cattle continued to meet keen demand. Re-stocker vealer steers were slightly easier selling to a top of 392c, while the heifer portion sold to a top of 364c/kg for light weights under 200 kg. Feeder and re-stocker yearling steers sold firm, from 300c to 365c/kg for feeder steers. Feeder and re-stocker yearling heifers varied in prices, depending on breed and weight, reaching a top price of 344c/kg. The few trade heifers topped at 325c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle saw numbers well down, especially cows, with quality and numbers well down on previous sales. Grown steers sold to a top of 289c and heifers to 276c/kg. Heavy cows sold to a top of 228c, while 3 score cows averaged 220c/kg. The bull market was very strong with the top heavy bull selling to 304.2c/kg. Local sales: P & M Gregory Hfr 395kg 325c/kg $1283 * Jim Williamson store condition Fresian steers 255kg 262c/kg $671 also had a young calf 170kg 375c/kg $640
Sheep: There was a larger yarding of 4,821 sheep, of which there was a penning of 3,416 lambs. The generally good quality offering of lambs consisted of a good supply of trade lambs with several runs of heavy lambs, Dorper lambs were also well supplied. The market was easier with most lambs selling $10 to $15 per head cheaper.The yarding of mutton was made up mainly of medium weights, along with a few pens of heavy ewes and wethers. Some lines were carrying a good skin. The market also eased for mutton with sales ranging from $15 to $20 per head cheaper. Local sales: J & C Hyatt 41kg lambs $115 and aged ewes $95.