Gunnedah Saleyards report

Strong demand: Heavy cattle were in large numbers in both the young cattle and export sections.

Strong demand: Heavy cattle were in large numbers in both the young cattle and export sections.

There was a small increase in the overall numbers this sale. All categories were well represented, however there was a large supply of yearlings. The quality of the offering was very good and condition mostly forward to well-finished. Heavy cattle were in large numbers in both the young cattle and export sections.

Demand for yearling steers was strong throughout resulting in firm to dearer market trends. The light weight yearling steers to restockers were firm to slightly dearer.

Medium weights to restockers and feeders saw little but quality and breed related price variation. A high quality penning of heavy yearling feeder steers averaged higher. There was a small amount of variation in the market for yearling heifers.

However, as competition for supply increased and quality improved the market responded positively to show a firm to dearer trend. Some sales in the medium and heavy weight feeders were up to 8c/kg dearer.

The very best of the heavy grown steers showed an improvement in quality and sold as much as 10c/kg dearer. The general run of heavy steers were firm to cheaper, up 10c/kg in places.

Well finished heavy grown heifers sold to a dearer trend with age related discounts accounting for a wide price range. There was little change in the market for medium weight cows. The good supply of well finished heavy weight cows were up 6c/kg in places. Heavy bulls were firm to 3c/kg dearer.

Vealer Steer

The good supply of well finished heavy weight cows sold to a dearer trend

200-280kg RS C2 339.6c, 280-330kg RS C2 343.6c

Vealer Heifer

200-280kg RS C2 307.3c, C2 282c, 280-330kg C2 267c, C3 287c, 330kg+  C3 295c

Yearling Steer

200-280kg RS C2 337.1c, 280-330kg RS C2 330.2c, FD C2 294c, RS D2 298.8c, 330-400kg FD C2 313.3c, C2 260c, RS C2 320.5c, FD C3 300c RS C3 316c, 400kg+ FD C2 RS C2 312.3c, FD C3 302.9c RS C3 300.2c

Yearling Heifer

0-200kg RS D2 292c, 200-280kg RS C2 288c, 280-330kg C2 259c, FD C2 271.4c, RS C2 286.2c RS C3 300c, 330-400kg RS C2 289.2c, FD C2 254c RS C3 280.5c C3 262.7c, 400kg+ FD C2 4 256c, C2 258c, FD C3 279.6c, RS C3 265c, C3 264.6c, C4 263.5c, FD C4 257c

Grown Steer

500-600kg FD C2 282c, FD C3 292.2c, C3 288.8c, C4 296.2c, 600-750kg C3 298.7c C4 307.8c

Grown Heifer

0-540kg FD C2 257.2c, C2 234.3c, FD C3 264.2c, C3 253.2c, C4 265.9c D2 205c, FD D2 228, D3 222c

540kg+ C3 256c C4 263c

Manufacturing Steer

540kg+ C4 297c

Cows

0-400kg RS D2 209c, 400-520kg D2 192.1c D3 201.7c, 520kg+ D2 180c, D3 213.3c, D4 225c D5 220c, D6 206.9c

Bulls

0-450kg RS C2 240c, C2 226.1c, 450-600kg C2 237.5c, 600kg+  B2 267.8c, C2 253.6c