CATTLE: The yarding increased by over 800 for a total of 1,657 head. Yearlings and cows made up the largest percentage of the yarding, however as the dry weather continues producers have decided to sell their calves resulting in many light calves through the sale. Quality of the young cattle varied considerably with a few pens of well finished supplementary fed yearlings offered, however there was a large percentage of plain conditioned yearlings through the sale, although they were mainly were well bred cattle. There was a good line up of buyers keen to fill orders, resulting in a strong market, with re-stocker weaner steers selling to 278c, while background and feeder steers sold firm to slightly dearer ranging from 258c to 284c/kg. The odd heavy trade yearling steer sold to a top of 301c/kg. Yearling heifers were 8c to 9c dearer with feeder heifers selling to a top of 276c and trade heifers to 290c/kg. The yarding of export cattle consisted mainly of cows, along with a few grown steers and a fair penning of heifers. Grown steers sold to a top of 336c for young steers, while heifers reached a top of 300c/kg. The cow market met keen competition from re-stockers and processors, with 1 and 2 score feeder cows selling from 159c to 230c/kg. Medium weight 3 score cows to process averaged 221c, while heavy cows sold to a top of 278c/kg. Best of the heavy bulls topped at 278c/kg.
SHEEP / LAMBS: There was a yarding of 2,509 head of sheep for the fortnightly sale, of which there was just over 900 lambs sold. The supply of lambs consisted predominately of trade weights and a fair penning of light lambs, while there was a limited supply of heavy lambs. Competition was strong with heavy lambs selling to a top of $233, and trade weights sold to $198/head. Re-stockers and feeders were active in the market helping to push prices up for the lightweight lambs. The yarding of mutton consisted of a good supply of both wethers and ewes, with a fair percentage of sheep carrying a good skin. Heavy ewes sold to a top of $150 and wethers to $140/head.