Cattle: Numbers increased by 700 to 2,040 good quality cattle. Yearlings dominated the yarding, doubling their numbers, the penning was reduced for both grown steers and heifers. Cow numbers also dropped by a third. All the regular buyers attended, with active re-stocker competition on the limited numbers of vealers and yearlings. Vealers sold to dearer trends of 10c/kg for both steers and heifers, with interest from northern buyers. This interest increased as well, with several pens of feeders also heading north. The light drafts of yearling steers were 10c to 15c dearer, while the heavy end showed increases from last week, selling to 15c/kg dearer. Light yearling heifers also sold to dearer trends of 10 to 15c/kg, while the heavier drafts were slightly cheaper.
Both grown steers and heifers showed cheaper trends of 10c/kg. Cow numbers reduced, but the quality held, with the better finished cows being dearer by 3c to 5c and the lighter cows were also dearer by 10c to 12c/kg. Bulls sold to a dearer trend, lifting by 4c/kg.
Sheep: In the sheep and lamb sale 3,300 were yarded 1,600 more than 2 weeks ago. We saw the market with trade lambs up $5.00 per head, heavy lambs remain firm, mutton down $15 and ewes were fully firm.