Cattle: There was an increase of 562 head to a yarding of 1,162 mainly good quality cattle. There wasn’t a lot of weaners yarded, again large numbers of yearling cattle and a good increase of grown steers but reduced numbers of cows. There were good numbers of bulls also penned. All the regular operators were in attendance along with two extra feeder orders.
There were numbers of cattle off feed. There weren’t enough weaners for a reliable quote. Yearling steers and heifers were in balanced numbers with the steer offering showing firm to slightly cheaper trends. Steers tended to be 2c to 5c/kg cheaper, quality was a factor in this regard. However, the heifer penning was of quite good quality along with bigger lines of those categories. Both light and medium weight heifers showed a dearer trend of up to 5c/kg. Both feed lotters and limited re-stocker interest supported those categories.
There was an increase of grown steer numbers and quality and those cattle were 1c to 2c/kg better. There was good interest in that heavy feeder enquiry. Cows showed a general dearer trend with the heavy cows to 3c/kg dearer, while the lighter portion remained firm. Bulls sold to a slightly cheaper trend. Local sales Doak P’Ship cows 211c/kg 795kg $1679 Bulls 255c/kg 970 kg $2473.
Sheep: Yarding: 5485 an increase of 900 head.
In the sheep and lamb section 5485 were yarded 900 more than 2 weeks ago. We saw the market with trade lambs $4 to $6 easier – quality related, heavy lambs remained firm as was the mutton.