Cattle: There were a few more cattle yarded this week for a total of 1,156 head. The yarding consisted of a good supply of yearlings and a few pens of vealers with cows dominating the grown cattle section. Quality of the young cattle was fairly good with mainly crop finished cattle penned, however there were a few plainer grade cattle through the sale. There were also several runs of well bred cattle offered that were suitable for feeders and backgrounders.
The market was easier for all classes of cattle with re-stocker vealer steers selling to a top of 372c and the heifers sold to 303c, while trade vealers sold to 300/kg. Feeder steers were down by 10c to 15c to average 330c and re-stocker steers sold to 359c/kg. Feeder heifers lost 20c and more in places selling to a top of 286c, while the few trade yearling heifers sold to 320c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle was made up mainly of cows, along with an odd pen of grown steers and heifers. Grown steers topped at 285c and heifers sold to 268c/kg. The cow market also experienced a decline, despite the good quality offering with most cows crop finished. Most sales were back by 6c to 8c with 3 score cows averaging 210c and heavy 4 score cows over 520kg sold to a top of 227c/kg. Bulls continued to meet strong demand and sold to a top of 305c/kg.
Sheep: There was a larger yarding of 5,782 sheep, including 3,660 lambs. The yarding of lambs consisted of a good supply of trade weights and heavy and extra heavy lambs were also in good numbers. Quality was good with a large percentage of lambs off crop. Competition remained strong with most lambs selling unchanged. There were some light weight lambs that went to restockers at slightly easier prices.
The yarding of mutton was made up of several consignments of medium weight ewes and wethers carrying a good skin. The market eased for most mutton, despite the line-up of good quality sheep.