PRIME CATTLE REPORT
Numbers were up by almost 1,400 as the start of the spring sell off commences. It was a very good quality yarding with good numbers of prime conditioned cattle in all sections along with fair numbers to suit the feeders. The usual buyers were in attendance along with the return of a major northern export processor.
Young cattle to the trade were firm to 4c cheaper, with prime vealers selling to 418c/kg. Prime steer yearlings sold from 370c to 414c while the prime heifer yearlings sold to 419c/kg. Feeder cattle were 4c to 8c cheaper, with the feeder steers selling from 350c to 422c, while the feeder heifers sold from 337c to 401c/kg.
The best of the young cattle to the restockers were firm, most though were cheaper, with the young steers selling from 400c to 464c while the young restocker heifers sold to 450c/kg.
Good numbers of yearlings sold to the backgrounders and restockers with the steers selling from 340c to 454c while the heifer yearlings going back to the paddock sold from 333c to 425c/kg.
Grown steers and heifers were up to 13c cheaper with the prime grown steers selling from 308c to 385c, while the grown heifers sold from 310c to 383c/kg.
Cows were firm to 3c cheaper with the 2 and 3 score cows selling from 247c to 281c/kg.
The prime heavy weight cows sold from 280c to 308c, to average 300c/kg.
Bulls sold to 334c/kg.
(Article source: Meat and Livestock Australia)