PRIME CATTLE REPORT
With between 20mm and 40mm of rain numbers were back considerably on the expected draw. It was a pretty good quality yarding with reasonable numbers of young cattle to suit the processors and fair numbers to suit the feeders. There were good numbers of properly finished grown steers and limited numbers of grown heifers and cows. There were not the numbers of Bos Indicus cattle yarded compared to previous sales. A full field of buyers were in attendance and operating.
Young cattle to the trade were 2c to 5c dearer with prime vealers selling to 582c/kg. Prime steer yearlings sold from 470c to 568c while the prime heifer yearlings sold from 440c to 580c/kg. Feeder steers were up to 12c dearer while the feeder heifers were 8c cheaper on quality. Feeder steers sold from 470c to 596c while the feeder heifers sold from 434c to 576c/kg. Young cattle to the restockers remain strong with the young steers selling to 758c and the young heifers 664c/kg. Steer yearlings to the backgrounders sold from 450c to 750c/kg.
Grown steers were up to 35c dearer while the grown heifers were 15c/kg dearer. Prime grown steers sold from 416c to 550c while the prime grown heifers sold from 420c to 500c/kg. Cows were 4c to 7c dearer with the 2 and 3 scores selling from 260c to 388c/kg. Prime heavy weights sold from 380c to 423c to average 402c/kg. Heavy bulls sold to 348c/kg.
Market Reporter, David Monk, Meat & Livestock Australia.