CATTLE: Numbers increased slightly to offer 482 head with a good selection of heavy weight cows, along with yearling steers and heifers with a large number of these off crop. There were only three exporters operating, however there was good competition from the regular backgrounders and feeder operators. Light weight steers to re-stockers experienced substantial price rises, as did the lightweight heifer drafts, with improvements of 26c/kg. Medium weight feeder steers saw a price fall by 10c/kg, and the heavy weight feeders were back in price considerably. Light weight feeder heifers sold to cheaper price trends to ease by 23c/kg. Medium weight feeders sold to significantly dearer price trends, with a spike in the quality. Trade heifers sold to a mostly cheaper price trend throughout. The limited number of grown steers were too small in numbers to quote. Grown heifers to feed sold to a dearer trend of 31c/kg. Medium weight cows sold to a slightly cheaper trend to be back by 6c/kg. The D3 heavy weight cows sold to 301c/kg. While the D4 cows experienced a drop of 14c/kg. Heavy bulls sold to 316c/kg.
SHEEP / LAMBS: Numbers fell significantly to pen 1,000 lambs and 236 grown sheep. Lamb quality was very good, with an offering of well finished heavy lambs as well as a good selection of trade lambs. The latter sold to dearer trends, while the heavy lines sold to mostly cheaper trends. All the regular buyers attended and operated. Trade lambs saw improved trends to be $4/head better. Heavy trades sold to cheaper trends easing from $7 to $9/head. Heavy Dorper lambs saw firm trends, while the crossbred lines sold to $6/head back. 55-58kg lambs $150-$160, 50kg lambs $135-$140 and 45kg dorper lambs $135-$140. Extra heavy lambs saw a cheaper trend by $8/head. Hoggets were only marginally cheaper and ram lambs sold to $150/head. Medium weight ewes sold to a cheaper trend of $10, heavy ewes back $13, with best cross bred ewes to $150/head.