Cattle: A yarding of 660 head less cattle than last week due to rainfall with reports of 20-30mls through the district. Few young cattle were yarded with a slight increase in cow numbers, due to a draft of plainer conditioned cows from one vendor. All the usual processors were present, not all exporters were operating. Numbers precluded some feeders from starting their orders. Two feeder operators were absent.Steer weaners showed dearer trends, up 30c/kg for the better bred and better conditioned grades, particularly the lighter end. Medium and heavy weight steers also sold to dearer trends, 10c to 20c/kg. Similarly, the heifer portion was dearer, up to 40c and 50c better for light weights, 10c to 20c/kg for the medium weights.
There were no grown steers or heifers for a reliable quote, however the steers offered were slightly cheaper, numbers and quality a factor. Grown heifers showed firm trends. Cows generally showed firm trends with some light 2 scores going to the restockers. The balance of those sold to the trade, as did the better conditioned 3 and 4 score cows. These showed a firm trend.
Bulls were in lighter numbers and were 10c/kg cheaper.
SHEEP:There was a reduction of 4,800 sheep and lambs due to rain, for a penning of 600 mixed quality lambs and 700 grown sheep. Lamb numbers impacted the sale with processors struggling to fill orders. This culminated in a dearer trend throughout. Sheep prices struggled to maintain last sales levels, numbers and quality the principle factor. All processors were represented and operating.
There was one pen of new season lambs, these grades a little late this season. Trade lambs sold to a dearer trend, being $13/head dearer than last sale. Heavy lambs were also dearer, selling $5 to $13/head up on last sale. Extra heavy lambs were firm, numbers precluding buyers from fulfilling their orders.
Overall, ewes showed firm to slightly dearer trends, with the best ewes $3 dearer and wethers showed a cheaper trend of $10 to $15/head, again quality and condition related.