Yarding rises by 1000
There were approximately 1700 export and 600 young cattle penned for an increase of nearly 1000 cattle week-on-week, as prices have strengthened recently encouraging producers to sell cattle which have been held off due to a lack of demand.
The usual buying group was present and operating in a stronger market overall and a recently absent export processor entered the market, driving the heavy weight steer prices upward.
Trade cattle were well supplied and competition was strong for the quality lines, with prices improving up to 11c/kg. Steers and bullocks attracted strong competition also, with prices lifting 1c to 6c, although the Friesian manufacturing steers slipped 1c to 2c/kg.
Demand for cows started off a little subdued but improved as the sale progressed, with averages from firm to 5c/kg dearer on most. Two producers operating on cows to restock competed strongly on a few drafts and pushed prices up considerably, with the top price recorded being 195.6c/kg.
A few good vealers to the trade sold from 170c to 205c/kg. Medium and heavy weight yearling trade steers made between 170c and 210c, lifting 11c on most with a few pens of extra heavy weights between 180c and 195c, improving 14c/kg. Well-finished yearling heifers sold between 143c and 170c, recording averages from firm to 6c/kg dearer.
Grown steers made from 140c to 186c, lifting 1c to 6c/kg. Bullocks sold from 144c to 186c, improving 3c to 5c, while heavy weight bullocks made between 155c and 168c, easing 2c to 5c/kg. Grown heifers in good condition sold between 129c and 162c, easing 6c to 7c/kg. Friesian manufacturing steers eased 1c to 2c, making from 129c to 134c, while the crossbred portion improved 2c to 3c, selling from 128c to 167c/kg.
Light and medium weight cows sold from 70c to 122c, lifting 2c to 8c/kg. Heavy weight dairy cows made between 90c and 126c, holding firm on most. Heavy weight beef cows sold between 97c and 135c, with averages from firm to 5c/kg dearer. Restocking cows made from 90c to 195.6c, improving up to 20c, with the strongest sale over 60c/kg above the average.
Heavy weight B and C muscled bulls sold from 115c to 145c, lifting 1c to 5c, with the D muscled grades from 108c to 121c, improving 2c to 3c/kg on most.
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