CATTLE: Numbers were similar to last week to yard 769 with young cattle well represented and a slight reduction in the cow offering. All the regular buying panel was represented and operating, with strong feeder and re-stocker interest in place. Processors were competitive in the limited offering of heavy cows.
Light weight steer and heifer weaners were short, in both supply and quality, but sold to strong trends from 416c to 450c/kg. Well-bred yearling steers sold to re-stockers in a strong market, to gain up to 17c/kg. Steers under 330kg to feed saw dearer price trends, to also improve by up 17c/kg. The medium weight yearling steers sold to a dearer trend of 21c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers experienced cheaper trends to the trade of 8c/kg. Good drafts of medium weight re-stocker heifers experienced slight rises.
Grown steers and heifers were too small in numbers to give a reliable quote. Light weight cows to re-stockers sold to a dearer trend, to gain up to 13c/kg with 370kg cows making $2.78. Medium weight cows to processors sold to firm market, while D3 cows were slightly cheaper. Heavy D4 cows experienced a sharp rise of up to 29c/kg. The better bulls saw a reduction in price of 13c/kg.
Next cattle/sheep sale 3rd March.