CATTLE: Numbers increased sharply to yard 1156 head with cows in the ascendancy of 700 head. That market varied with the absence of one exporter and the gain of one more. However, of the remaining exporters, only three operated. The balance of the regular buyers was present and operating. Lack of numbers and quality saw steer weaners sell to cheaper trends. Very light heifer weaners also sold to cheaper trends, with light heifers selling to a dearer trend of 13c/kg. Yearling steers under 280kg sold to a cheaper trend of 22c,while light and medium weight steers sold to dearer trends of 9c to 11c/kg. 360kg steers $415-$4.25. 400kg steers similar rates depending on condition. Trade heifers saw dearer trends, upwards of 15c to 30c/kg. Light feeder heifers saw no change to sell to firm trends. Heavy steers to feed were back 20c, while grown heifers saw a rise of 19c/kg. Light trade cows were dearer, with the medium drafts up to 9c/kg better. With limited competition from exporters, heavy cow trends varied with heavy two score cows 5c better and the heavy D3 and D4 cows to 4c/kg back, best cow $3.12 only 2c back on last week but the overall average was stronger than last week. A plainer bull offering saw averages for the heavy bulls back 9c/kg.
SHEEP: Numbers reduced this fortnight to 600 lambs and 485 grown sheep. Lamb weight and quality lifted to eventuate in a dearer market with good demand from the regular buyers. There was one pen of late, light new season lambs going to the trade sold to an increase otherwise light lambs sold to the trade at dearer trends. Trade lambs sold to dearer trends of up to $20/head on last sale. Similarly, heavy trades were dearer, as were heavy lambs, selling $6 to $10/head better. Extra heavy lamb weights improved to see the top pen sell to $299/head. Hoggets were slightly cheaper, back $30/head for the better drafts. Light and medium ewes were $20 to $30 better, topping at $268/head for Dorper ewes. Cross bred wethers topped at $200/head.