Bowe & Lidbury report a total of 450 cattle were yarded at their last sale, with the market trend remaining firm for export quality cattle, and for trade cattle it was firm to 10c cheaper on the heifers.
Best vealers $3.25/kg-$3.70/kg; Light & Medium vealers $3.00/kg-$3.45/kg; Yearling steers $3.00/kg-$3.50/kg; Yearling heifers $2.80/kg-$3.35/kg; Restocker steer weaners/vealers $3.10/kg-$4.00/kg; Restocker Heifer weaners/vealers $3.00/kg-$3.48/kg; Export heifers $2.35/kg-$2.55/kg; Export steers/Bullocks $2.50/kg-$2.70/kg; Cows $1.70/kg-$2.25/kg; Bulls $2.00/kg-$2.50/kg.
Just over 1350 head were presented for sale by Kempsey Stock & Land’s team at last Thursday’s regular fat sale and market day, which incorporated their third feature weaner sale of the year.
The yarding of younger cattle was fairly evenly split between lighter calves under 200kg and their heavier counterparts. Price trends varied throughout the day, with the better quality weaner steers holding firm, while some of the lesser quality steers sold to cheaper rates.
Restocker weaner steers under 200kg sold up to 10c/kg better than last sale. Weaners from 200kg to 280kg sold to a top of 394c/kg, down 12c/kg on last sale, while the average price of 322.2c/kg was up 15c/kg on last sale. A good line-up of yearling heifers up to 330kg sold to 354.2c/kg up 20c/kg on last sale, while those over 330kg sold to 330.2c/kg. Grown steers under 400kg topped at 326.2c/kg.
Consignments remained close to equal, but the quality especially for the younger drafts was plainer compared to the last market. Vealer steers were reduced in number, as the majority of the younger cattle were suitable for the restocker and lot feeder orders.
Cows made up the bulk of the grown cattle, with grown heifers limited in supply. The market trend was cheaper.
Vealer steers to the restockers lost from 15c to 20c, with the 200kg plus pens ranging from 310c to 396c/kg. Vealer heifers trended from 14c to 30c cheaper.