Gunnedah cattle sale April 16
Numbers reduced significantly, especially the cow penning which decreased by half.
It was a very plain quality penning in the young cattle section, where many light, plain cattle experienced difficulty making the 200c/kg mark.
All the regular buyers were present at the sale, but they were very diligent in their purchases.
Two major processors restricted their trade of processor cows, taking a good percentage of stock for the paddock to secure product for later on.
Light restock weaners saw cheaper trends of 38c/kg, with lesser quality pens taking the brunt of the decreases.
Medium calves saw prices ease 12c to 18c/kg.
Heifers saw the same trends, declining 15c to 27c/kg, again the secondary quality of the offering the main factor.
Some better quality drafts of heifers saw modest gains.
Medium weight feeder steers saw dearer price trends of 16c, but the heavier drafts of steers saw price decreases of 40c/kg.
Quality-related changes saw cheaper trends in the heavy weight heifers of 30c/kg. Grown heifers experienced a substantial price decline from the trade.
Cows to restock and to feed saw prices decrease 8c, while very light cows sold to cheaper trends of 20c/kg.
Medium weight 2 score cows were 10c to 13c back, and the better-conditioned 3 and 4 score cows sold to cheaper trends of 13c to 20c/kg.
Bull prices were mainly firm at the sale, with exporters taking a minimum share of the bulls.
Cattle sale results:
Calves: 80kg+ RS C1 188.5c
Vealer steer: 0-200kg FD C1 116.2c; PR C2 180c; RS C1 151c; RS C2 220.10c
200-280kg FD C1 198.6c; FD C2 236.9c; RS C1 172.7c; RS C2 229.10c; RS D1 40.2c
280-330kg FD C2 240c; RS C2 226.5c
Vealer heifer: 0-200kg PR C2 128.2c; RS C1 128.1c; RS C2 154.6c
200-280kg PR C2 170c; RS C1 170c; RS C2 191.1c
280-330kg PR C2 188.2; RS C2 180.2c
Yearling steer: 0-200kg RS C1 190.2c
200-280kg FD C1 190.2c; FD C2 213.2c; RS C1 191.6c; RS C2 189.2c
280-330kg FD C1 155.7c; FD C2 252.4c; RS C2 210c
330-400kg FD C1 174.1c; FD C2 234.8c
400kg plus FD C2 230c.
Yearling heifer: 200-280kg FD C1 110c; FD C2 182.8c; PR C1 120c; RS C1 168c; RS C2 192.2c
280-300kg FD C2 207.7c; FD D1 121.2c; PR C2 200c; RS C2 197.6c
330-400kg FD C1 184.2c; FD C2 218.5c; PR C2 207.2c; PR C3 240c; RS C2 211.2c
Grown steer: 500-600kg PR C2 220c
Grown heifer: 0-540kg FD C1 114.3c; FD C2 170.9c; FD D1 132.2c; FD D2 159.4c; PR C2 198.2c; PR C3 201.1c; PR D2 180c; RS D1 152.4c
Cows: 0-400kg PR D1 75.3; RS D1 97.3; RS D2 152.9c.
400-520kg FD D2 168.2; FD D3 191.2c; PR D1 112.2c; PR D2 164.8c; PR D3 200.5c; RS D2 155.4c
520kg plus PR D2 175c; PR D3 191.8c; PR D4 216c
Bulls: LE B3 225c; PR B2 217.5c; PR B3 224.6c