Gunnedah Saleyards Report

It was a rain reduced penning with yearlings making up the bulk of the offering.

Quality was generally good with limited numbers of secondary quality young cattle on offer.

There were some very good quality lines of young cattle available.

There were only a limited number of well finished heavy grown steers and a reduced penning of cows.

The usual buyers were in attendance, however, no southern processors operated for the second week in a row.

The demand for young cattle suitable to restock and feed was high and the competition was strong, particularly on the good lines and preferred breeds.

Light weight yearlings to restock saw the steers sell to a dearer trend of 20c to 30c/kg with the heifer portion showing greater improvement.

Feeder cattle also experienced strong gains, including both the steers and heifers.

Well finished trade yearling heifers saw a dearer trend, up 12c/kg on average.

There was little change in the market for well finished grown steers and heifers.

The cow market saw medium weights remain firm, while the heavy weights sold to a cheaper trend, quality also being a factor.

Vealer Steer: 280-330kg RS C2 310.0c

Competition strong: The demand for young cattle suitable to restock and feed was high. Photos: Billy Jupp

Competition strong: The demand for young cattle suitable to restock and feed was high. Photos: Billy Jupp

Vealer Heifer: 280-330kg RS C2 282c

Yearling Steer: 200-280kg RS C2 335c; 280-330kg RS C2 331.3c; 330-400kg RS C2 313.7c FD C2 304.7c; 400+ kg FD C2 291.8c RS C2 296.8c RS C3 278c

Yearling Heifer: 200-280kg RS C2 295.4c; 280-330kg RS C2 297.1c C3 281.7c; 330-400kg FD C2 257.5c RS C3 259c FD C3 271.8; 400+kg FD C3 261.5c C3 265.8c FD C4 267c.

Grown Steer: 400-500kg FD C2 278.7c FD C3 261c C2 2 240c C3 2 261c FD C3 271.7, 500-600kg FD C3 271.7c C3 269.3 C3 30 269.3c, 600-750kg C3 270c C4 260c

Grown Heifer: 0-540kg C2 240c FD C3 231c C4 257c FD C4 240c RS D2 219c FD D3 233c D3 216c D4 262c, 540+kg C3 238.3c C4 237.3c  FD C4 235c

Manufacturing Steer: 540+kg C3 247.7c  

Cows: 0-400kg D2 171.3; 400-520kg D2 165c D3 186.1c; 520+kg D2 186.3 D3 201.5c D4 209.2c D5 196.0

Bulls: 450-600kg C2 238.4c; 600+kg B2 255.5c