CATTLE: Numbers reduced considerably to yard 1670, down by 925 head to include good supplies of grain assisted young cattle, with cows still in large numbers contributing to half the penning. Less numbers and a lift in quality through the young cattle contributed to a dearer trend throughout, although there were still numbers of plainer cattle available. These categories, however also saw dearer trends, with all the regular buyers competing, as well as a fresh feeder order. Light weaners saw rising trends with feeders and re-stockers competing strongly, with a general rise of 3 to 7c/kg. Some categories of the plainer offering saw rises of as much as 40c/kg. Light yearling steers sold to dearer trends of 45c, while the heavier drafts were also dearer by 15 to 17c/kg. Trade steers saw a rise of 20c/kg. Yearling heifers sold to dearer trends of 15 to 26c/kg, due to a general lift in quality, with drafts of grain assisted cattle available. Grown steers also saw an improvement in weight and quality to sell to a dearer trend, with the heifer portion up to 20c/kg better. Light cows to the re-stockers sold 10c better, with medium two score cows selling to dearer trends of 14c/kg. A limited penning of heavy cows saw average rises of 6c/kg. Export bulls saw a 15c rise, while bulls to slaughter sold up to 30c/kg better. Next cattle and sheep sale Tuesday 28th.