There was a reduced penning with producers looking to the very promising rain forecast. Yearlings and cows were well represented with all other categories represented.
The quality and condition overall was fair to good. There were some very good heavy steers and heifers off feed penned. The full complement of processors operated along with strong demand from both restocker and feedlotters.
Market trends through the young cattle were firm to dearer as demand increased in the face of that rain forecast.
Vealer steers to restockers remained firm, while the heifer portion achieved strong gains in places. Light weight yearling steers to restockers saw a dearer trend of as much as 13c/kg. Medium and heavy weight yearling feeder steers saw a firm to dearer market trend. The medium weights experiencing the best of the improvement.
Prices for heavy feeders were unchanged, however taking breed variation into account the trend was dearer. There was a strong improvement for the better quality light weight yearling heifers. The heavier weights suitable to feed saw a firm to slightly dearer trend. Well finished trade heifers were up to 9c/kg dearer.
Those well finished heavy grown steers attracted strong competition, with no market comparison. The well finished heifers sold on a firm to dearer trend.
Demand for cows was strong with restockers and feedlotters active on the plainer condition lines. They were slightly dearer. Well finished cows under strong competition from the full field of buyers saw a dearer trend of 30c to 40c/kg.
Calves: 80kg+ RS C1 260c RS C2 270c
Vealer Steer: 0-200kg RS C1 263.5c
200-280kg RS C2 285c
Vealer Heifer: 0-200kg RS C2 250.3c
200-280kg PR C2 215c RS C2 284c
Yearling Steer: 0-200kg RS D1 250c
200-280kg FD C2 270c RS C2 259c RS D2 238.9c
280-330kg FD C2 271.5c RS C2 272.6c RS D1 200c
330-400kg FD C2 292.7c RS C2 283c
400kg+ FD C2 289.8c FD C3 286.2c
Yearling Heifer: 0-200kg RS D1 223.3c
200-280kg FD D2 232c PR C2 207.3c RS C2 261c RS D1 234c RS D2 218c FD C2 240c
280-330kg RS C2 261.7c RS C3 271.4c
330-400kg FD C2 265.6c FD C3 276c PR C3 277.1c RS C2 270.8c
400kg+ FD C3 278.6c PR C3 263.5c
Grown Steer: 0-400kg FD C2 2 255c PR C3 268c
Grown Heifer: 0-540kg FD C3 240c FD D3 233c PR C3 249c PR 222c PR D3 217.7c RS C2 260c RS D1 162c RS D2 193c
540kg+ PR C3 256c PR C4 268c
Cows: 0-400kg RS D1 170c
400-520kg FD D2 186c PR D1 170c PR D2 185.1c PR D3 215.7c RS D1 155c RS D2 162.5c
520kg+ PR 231.3c PR C4 231.3c PR D3 213.4c
Bulls: 0-450kg PR C2 217.1c
450-600kg PR C2 225c PR C3 238c PR D1 156c PR D2 187.5c
600kg+ PR B2 229.4c PR C2 219c PR D2 218c