Cattle: There was a slightly increased yarding of 1,463 mainly good quality cattle, with no appreciable rain through the district. There was only a light yarding of vealers and an increase in yearling cattle, particularly steers, while yearling heifer numbers remained steady. Quality pens of heavy grown steers came forward and there was a slight increase in cow numbers. All regular processor and feeder orders were in place.
Weaner steers sold to a cheaper trend to be 11c/kg cheaper while the heifer portion was to 10c/kg dearer. Yearling steers also showed cheaper trends of up to 20c/kg in places, however quality was a factor. Prices increased later in the market with the sales of better conditioned and bigger lines of cattle. Light 2 score heifer feeders sold firm to slightly cheaper, however, as the sale progressed, these too saw a dearer trend prevail of 6c to 8c/kg. The medium weight heifers sold to a firm trend, while the heavy grades were slightly cheaper.
There were some good drafts of heavy, well finished steers consigned. Steers weighing more than 600kg were up to 10c/kg dearer. The grown heifers remained principally firm. Light 2 score cows sold to a firm trend, while the heavy 3 and 4 scores were marginally dearer. Bulls were cheaper by 8c to 10c/kg.
Sheep: There was a slightly increased penning at of 4,400 quality lambs and 1,700 grown sheep for 19th September. All lamb classes were well represented with good drafts of heavy, crop finished lambs. There were drafts of mixed sheep along with lines of young wool cutters off-shears. The usual processors were in attendance.
There were limited supplies of light lambs and these met with firm competition from two weeks ago. Trade lambs showed a slightly cheaper trend, $4 to $5/head back on last day.
Best heavy lambs showed a firm trend on last sale, while the extra heavy grades were $4 to $ 6/head cheaper. There were several lines of young wool cutters, ewes and wethers, off-shears and these were purchased by restockers.
The grown sheep were of mixed quality. Both ewes and wethers showed cheaper trends on last sale, condition and quality a factor.