CATTLE: Numbers remained similar to last week to yard 1187 head with several pens of grain assisted young cattle available, however there were still numbers of plainer quality young cattle through the offering. Cow numbers continue to decrease, with a large number of light conditioned cows being purchased for the paddock. All the regular buying panel attended and operated. Vealers and weaners saw cheaper trends, with quite a few of the younger cattle showing plain and light condition. The steer portion saw a 7c reduction, with the heifers to feed on back 20c/kg. Light, better quality yearling steers to feed sold to a dearer trend of 19c, as the medium weight category were up to 14c/kg dearer. Light weight yearling heifers to feed on sold to 18c better, however quality variations saw the medium weights sell to cheaper trends of 19c/kg. Trade heifers saw a reduction of 12c/kg.
Medium weight grown heifers to feed saw a rise of 4c, while the heavy portion to the trade saw cheaper trends of 13c/kg. Drafts of light 1 score cows saw rising trends of 16c/kg, with competition from re-stockers, some from processors to secure product for the future, others going north of the border to feed on. Medium weight cows to the trade saw cheaper trends of 15c/kg, while the heavy cows saw no changes to experience firm trends. An absence of the live exporters saw heavy bulls back 30c/kg