Cattle prices down in most categories


There were 840 head penned at the last cattle sale, a rise of 100 on the previous sale, 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.

The plainer cows eased 5c to 10c to average 194¢, with the better covered heavy weights also struggling to attract strong competition. They ranged from 200¢ to 222c/kg.

The best heavy weight bull reached 230c/kg.