Gunnedah saleyards report

Good offering: The local butchers’ orders bought a few of the lighter weights with the market slightly cheaper.

Good offering: The local butchers’ orders bought a few of the lighter weights with the market slightly cheaper.

There was a further reduction in numbers, following what has been a larger than normal sell off for this time of the year. Yearling numbers were again high with a fair supply of grown cattle.

Overall the quality of the offering was good, however there were some plainer lots, mostly coming from areas that have missed the rain. All the usual processors and feedlotters participated, while there were some extra restocker orders.

Restocker demand for light weight cattle was strong resulting in both weaner and yearling steers selling to dearer trends. A small number of very light weaner steers showing a significant gain.

Feeder steers saw a firm to cheaper trend with the heavy weights most affected, they were as much as 9c/kg cheaper. Demand for yearling heifers to feed was strong with trends mostly firm.

Demand for yearling heifers to feed was strong with trends mostly firm.

There were odd sales 1c to 2c/kg dearer. There was little trade competition on the heavier heifers with only those not deemed suitable to feed being purchased. The local butchers’ orders bought a few of the lighter weights with the market slightly cheaper.

Well finished heavy grown steers met with mixed results, the heaviest weight class remained firm, while those between 500-600kg were as much as 11c/kg cheaper to process. Heavy feeders over 500kg saw a firm to slightly cheaper market trend. The cow market saw the greatest decline with well finished heavy weight cows 7c to 17c/kg cheaper.

Vealer Steer

0-200kg RS C2 397.4

Vealer Heifer

0-200kg RS C2 334.3c

200-280kg RS C2 255c

330kg+ C3 305c

Yearling Steer

200-280kg RS D2 335c 280-330 RS C2 326.5c RS D2 319c

330-400kg RS C2 341c FD C2 306.2c RS D2 289c

400kg+ RS C2 310.8c FD C2 299.9c RS C3 270c FD C3 291.8c

Yearling Heifer

200-280kg RS C2 302.3c C2 259c RS D2 303.6c

280-330kg FD C2 291c RS C2 304c FD C3 302c C3 300c FD D2 240c RS D2 306c

330-400kg FD C2 298.1c RS C2 293c FD C3 289.2c RS C3 299c C3 273.7c

400kg+ FD C2 287.5c FD C3 278.7c RS C3 269c C3 257.3c C4 255c

Grown Steer

0-400kg RS C2 285c

400-500kg RS C2 273c FD C3 275.3c

500-600kg  C2 255c FD C2 254c FD C3 284.4c C3 261.3c

600-750kg   C2 245c C3  277c

Grown Heifer

0-540kg FD C2 237.9c FD C3 252.4c C3 247.8c

540kg+ C3  237.3c C4 250c

Cows

400-520kg 174c D2 191c D3 201.4c D4 198.8c

520kg+   D3 207.2c D4 216c D5 198.3c

Bulls

450-600kg C2 243c

600kg+ B2 257.9 C2 248.3c