Cattle prices down in most categories

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There were 840 head penned at the last cattle sale, a rise of 100 due mainly to continuing dry conditions.

The bulk entered the younger categories, with vealers well supplied.

Cows made up most of the grown cattle. Most categories sold cheaper, except for good quality black vealer steers.

Vealer steers returning to paddock averaged 10-20¢ cheaper, with medium weights ranging 300-401¢, the latter for well-bred blacks.

Vealer heifers to restockers eased 15¢ and sold from 255-330¢/kg. Medium weight yearling steers trended 10¢ cheaper, as the heifer portion eased 20¢/kg.

Prime conditioned younger cattle to butchers sold 10¢ cheaper. The best topped at 368¢/kg.

Heavyweight grown steers to slaughter were back by 12¢, making from 230-250¢, while the grown heifers reached 279¢/kg.