Cattle: Numbers decreased by 340 despite the long weekend affecting market offerings through the State. The yarding saw reasonable numbers of well bred, although plainer conditioned, young cattle and almost no cows. All the regular processors were present along with strong competition from re-stockers, local and interstate buyers. Well-bred weaners to re-stockers sold to dearer trends of 12c, with light weight yearling steers also seeing dearer trends of 26c/kg. However, medium weight feeder steers sold to slightly cheaper trends of 4c/kg, with the bigger offering of plain conditioned young cattle being a contributing factor. Light yearling heifers sold to dearer trends of 17c/kg, these being sought by both local and interstate re-stocker interest. Medium weight trade heifers saw slightly cheaper trends. There were no grown steers to quote, however, grown heifers sold to cheaper trends of 8c/kg. There were very few cows offered, seeing prices ease substantially for light cows, while 3 score cows eased 3c/kg. A good selection of grain assisted young bulls saw trends improve by 15c/kg for the better types. Local sales: Doak P’ship, Yearling bulls 203.2c/kg 433.8 kg $881 * Williamson & Stibbard Steer weaners 280.2 c/kg 185kg $518.
Sheep:Lamb numbers increased to 1,410 and grown sheep decreased to 350 head in a mixed quality penning to yard 2230 in total. There were drafts of grain assisted lambs, however, trends tended downwards over the yarding, depending on quality and weight. Grown sheep also saw cheaper trends, with very few heavy sheep penned. All the regular buyers attended. Light lambs to the trade saw cheaper trends of $12/head. Trade lambs eased $25, with heavy trades easing $18/head, due to lacking quality of the previous sale. Heavy lambs saw decreasing trends as they eased $10/head. Lack of quality and weight saw medium weight ewes at cheaper trends, making from $30 to $40/head. Heavy crossbred ewes sold up to $130, with Dorper’s reaching $106/head, although there were no wethers for a reliable quote. Next sheep and lamb sale 16th October.