Numbers continued their upward trajectory, with a further increase.
All but heavy grown steers and heifers were well represented.
There were a lot of good quality young cattle penned, albeit out of condition.
Conversely, there were also large numbers of secondary and very plain quality cattle penned.
Once again, there were large numbers of plain condition cows and a fair supply showing finish.
There was reduced processor and feedlot competition.
Market trends through the young cattle varied, while quality variations accounted for much of the larger price changes. Vealer steers to restockers were up to 25c/kg cheaper.
Heifer vealers to both the trade and finishing orders sold to a dearer trend, with a marked improvement in quality.
The greatest variations came in the yearling cattle, where large numbers of medium weight steers remained firm for the better quality lines and significantly cheaper for the plainer quality lots.
The heifer yearlings followed a similar trend.
The few well finished heavy grown steers sold firm to 15c/kg cheaper.
Despite the reduced processor competition, the cow market held up well.
Restocker orders competing on the plainer condition lots.
There was little, but quality related price change through most classes.
Calves: 80kg+ RS C1 183.8c
Vealer Steer: 0-200kg RS C1 226.7c C2 199 D1 160c RS D1 240c
200-280kg RS C1 239.5c RS C2 247.2c C2 194c RS D1 242c
280-330kg FD C2 220c
Vealer Heifer: 0-200kg C1 190c RS C1 218c
200-280kg RS C2 229.4c C2 231.4c FD C2 213.3c
280-330kg C2 213c
Yearling Steer: 0-200kg RS E1 80c
200-280kg RS C1 210c RS C2 222.4c RS D1 184.1c RS D2 211.3c FD D2 154c
280-330kg FD C2 215.8c RS C2 227c RS D1 140c RS D2 201.6c
330-400kg FD C2 232.1c RS C2 235.9c RS D2 203c
400kg+ FD C2 236.7c
Yearling Heifer: 0-200kg FD D2 209c RS E1 65.9c
200-280kg FD C2 200c RS C2 192c RS D1 169.5c RS D2 182.4c
280-330kg RS C2 229.6c FD C2 228c RS D2 188.2c FD D2 209c
330-400kg C2 206c FD C2 231.8c RS C2 250.5c RS C3 236c C3 223.3c
400kg+ FD C3 224c
Grown Steer: 0-400kg FD D1 172c RS D1 170c RS D2 205c
400-500kg FD C2 245c
500-600kg C2 238c C3 230c
600-750kg C2 230c C3 243c
Grown Heifer: 0-540 RS C2 209c C3 236.9c FD C3 190c RS D1 150c D1 140c D2 172.5c RS D2 3 160c D3 210c
540kg+ C4 208c
Cows: 0-400kg RS D1 95.9c D1 73c D2 95c E1 38c RS E1 60c
400-520kg C2 204c RS D1 122.9c D1 122c RS D2 145c D2 162.7c D3 184.5c RS E1 106c 520kg+ C2 202c C3 207.3c C4 206c D2 183.1c D3 195.5c D4 196.2c D6 176c
0-450kg B2 226c C2 196c D2 160c
450-600kg C2 183c D2 180c
600kg+ B2 200.8c C2 192.1c D2 179.6c
Data from MLA's National Livestock Reporting Service.