There was a small reduction in numbers, however the supply of cows remained high, around half the offering. Vealers and yearlings were also well supplied.
There were very few well finished grown steers or heifers, most of the grown heifers were plain in condition and pregnancy tested empty.
Producers are now well into the sell-off of future breeding stock. There were few well finished young cattle, with most on the lean side. Overall the quality of the offering was very mixed. The irregular buyers were in attendance, along with that extra Northern competition once again.
Market trends through the young cattle were cheaper, with limited demand from restockers. Vealer steers returning to the paddock sold to a cheaper trend of 12c to 16c/kg. The heifer portion were around 20c/kg cheaper.
Despite the low numbers, vealers to the trade also sold to cheaper trends of 10c to 20c/kg. Medium and heavy yearling steers to restock and feed sold to a cheaper trend of 10c to 15c/kg, with some quality related change.
The better quality yearling heifers to restock and feed were up to 17c/kg cheaper, while the secondary and plain quality heifers suffered greater falls.
With processors working to capacity there were cheaper trends through the grown cattle. The well finished heifers to process were 5c to 20c/kg cheaper.
The plainer quality and condition heifers also sold to cheaper trends. Weight of numbers through the system impacted the cow market.
The better 3 and 4 score cows were up to 30c/kg cheaper with some improved quality lots penned. There was more competition for plainer condition cows with that market much less affected.
Calves: 0-80kg RS E1 145c
80kg+ C1 210c RS C1 171.1c RS D1 196.8c
Vealer Steer: 0-200kg RS C1 196.7c C2 198c RS D1 216c
200-280kg RS C1 216c RS C2 271.1c C2 186c
280-330kg RS C2 267.8c FD C2 238.8c
330kg+ FD C3 253c
Vealer Heifer: 0-200kg RS C1 180c RS C2 188c C2 170c RS D1 166.9c
200-280kg RS C2 204.9c C2 211.4c C3 225c
280-330kg RS C2 180c C3 223.1c
330kg+ C3 245c
Yearling Steer: 0-200kg RS D1 188.7c RS E1 80c
200-280kg RS C2 246c RS D1 185.6c
280-330kg FD C2 228.6c RS C2 243c
330-400kg RS C2 246.7c FD C2 249.8c C3 246.8c
400kg+ FD C2 251.1c C3 235c FD C3 260.4c
Yearling Heifer: 0-200kg RS D1 136.8c
200-280kg FD C1 170c FD C2 240c C2 200c RS C2 172.6c RS D1 168c RS D2 193.4c 280-330kg RS C2 228.7c FD C2 222.8c C3 249.7c
330-400kg C2 211c FD C2 237.9c RS C2 249c RS C3 246c FD C3 240c C3 248.3c
400kg+ C2 214c FD C2 210c FD C3 238.2c C3 243c C4 243c
Grown Steer: 0-400kg RS D1 192c
400-500kg FD C2 241.3c FD D2 224c RS D2 202c
500-600kg FD C3 249.7c C3 241c
750kg+ C3 240c
Grown Heifer: 0-540kg RS C2 218c C2 215.2c FD C2 215.8c C3 216.6c FD C3 229.1c D1 130c RS D1 156.5c RS D2 178c FD D2 208c D2 159.1c D3 180c
540kg+ C3 240c
Manufacturing Steer: 540kg+ C3 200c
Cows: 0-400kg D1 102.4c RS D1 113.2c D2 133.5c RS D2 140c
400-520kg RS D1 138.9c D1 123.3c D2 155.9c RS D2 159.8c D3 175.9c RS D3 167.5c
520kg+ C3 210c D2 157.4c D3 183.7c RS D3 178.3c D4 191.9c D5 181.6c
Bulls: 450-600kg D2 172c
600kg+ B2 210.1c C2 205.1c D2 189.3c
Yarding 3690 comparison date 05/02/2019 Change -110
Market information provided by MLA's National Livestock Reporting Service