There was a sharp increase in numbers as producers offload before the winter sets in. Cows and young cattle were plentiful, along with a few grown heifers and bulls. The quality of the offering was very mixed from both a breed and quality perspective.
There were very few well finished cattle available to processors. All regular buyers attended, however both demand and competition were weaker across all categories.
Through the young cattle, the buyers showed a preference for cattle showing sufficient weight for age and better condition regardless of muscle score. Those deemed too light and too lean attracted limited competition, seeing big discounts applied. Steer vealers to restockers were up to 27c/kg cheaper on the better quality lines and much more on the balance.
The trend through the heifer vealers was much cheaper and showed greater decreases than those of the steers. Light weight yearling steers saw the greatest decline in that category, with the good quality medium and heavy weight feeder steers only slightly cheaper.
Heifer yearlings were significantly cheaper in all classes, with the medium weights showing decreases of as much as 35c/kg.
Cheaper trends for a plainer quality penning of grown heifers. The demand for cows was weaker, with competition varying at times. Market trends saw little change for those going onto feed.
Cows returning to the paddock sold to cheaper trends, while the well finished heavy weight cows were as much as 23c/kg cheaper, along with some quality related price change.
0-200kg RS C1 205.7c RS D1 17 190.0 - 212.0 210.7 N/Q - 352 - 371 370
200-280kg RS C1 218.3c RS C2 243.6c
280-330kg FD C2 253.6c RS C2 249.9c
0-200kg RS C1 174.2c RS C2 177c RS D1 155.2c RS D2 190c
200-280kg FD C2 230.3c RS C1 154.7c RS C2 202c
280-330kg FD C2 243.1c PR C3 244c RS C2 228.8c
0-200kg RS D1 127c
200-280kg RS C1 217c RS D1 238c RS D2 237c
280-330kg FD C2 253c RS 236.2c RS C2 246.8c RS D2 207.6c
330-400kg FD C2 268.8c RS C1 236.5c RS C2 232c RS D2 236c
400kg+ FD C2 283.2c FD C3 282c
0-200kg RS D1 100c
200-280kg FD C2 206c RS C2 75 190c RS D1 165.5c
280-330kg FD C2 229.5c RS C2 205c RS D2 213c
330-400kg FD C2 232.6c FD D2 196c PR C2 243c RS C2 238c
400kg+ PR C3 255c
400-500kg PR C2 232c
500-600kg PR C4 260c
0-540kg FD C2 191.3c FD D2 189.6c PR C2 210c PR C3 215.4c PR D2 156.4c RS D2 146c PR C3 258c
540kg+ PR C3 219.3c
0-400kg PR D1 98.8c PR E1 75c RS D1 124.3c RS D2 166.0 RS E1 50c
400-520kg FD D2 173.4c FD D3 176.4c PR D1 128.6c PR D2 173.2c PR D3 186.4c RS D1 142.9c RS D2 160.8c
520kg+ FD D2 183c FD D3 185c PR D2 165c PR D3 213.7c PR D4 208.5c PR D5 168.8c RS D2 159.9c
0-450kg PR C2 193c RS C2 217c RS D1 198c
450-600kg PR D2 185c
600kg+ PR B2 219c PR C2 214.6c PR D2 193.1c
Market information provided by MLA's National Livestock Reporting Service