Young numbers drop
There were approximately 950 export and 130 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 80 head week on week.
The usual buying group was present and operating in a dearer market.
Young cattle were in short supply, with almost half being grown heifers which attracted stronger interest, to lift 8c/kg for the well-finished heavy weights.
The 450 steers and bullocks were very mixed in quality with the better three and four score grown steers and bullocks lifting slightly, while the leaner two scores improved 4c to 5c, as the score score Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers gained 6c to 11c/kg.
Buyers showed keen interest in the cow pens with one southern processor securing more than half of the offering as the light and medium weights gained 2c, while strong competition for heavy weights pushed prices up 6c to 10c/kg. Heavy weight bulls sold to steady demand.
A single vealer sold for 213c, while a handful of yearling steers reached 202c/kg for a couple of C2 heavy weights. The limited selection of yearling heifers showing good finish sold between 175c and 197c/kg.
Grown steers made from 191c to 210c, while bullocks sold from 195c to 210c/kg. Heavy weight three score grown heifers made between 167c and 190c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers sold between 165c and 184c, lifting 6c, with the crossbred portion between 181c and 198c, gaining 11c/kg for the 2 score drafts.
Most light and medium weight cows made from 118c to 146c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold mostly from 147c to 170c/kg. Heavy weight bulls made between 165c and 190c/kg.
The next sale draw – August 27: 1. David Phelan, 2. Rodwells, 3. SEJ, 4. Elders, 5. Landmark, 6. Alex Scott.
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