Market Report – 13 December

Total Yarding: 1,121

Numbers decreased for the last sale of 2018. Competition for light weaners was strong and lifted prices for restockers. Yearling were well supplied and there was a large draft of one mark heifers. Trade cattle were limited and only a few heavy bullocks were penned. Cow numbers declined and restockers were active on the lighter cows. Not all the usual buyers operated.

Weaners lifted 17c, as steers made from 296c to 305c, while very light steers reached 319c/kg. Heifers to restock reached 261c/kg. Trade vealers sold to 280c/kg. Feeder steers were 4c cheaper on the medium weights, making from 260c to 281c, while heavy feeders sold to 265c/kg. The heifers sold 7c to 12c dearer, reaching 270c for light weights and averaging 260c/kg for the medium and heavy heifers. Trade cattle were 3c stronger, making from 255c to 275c/kg.

The few heavy bullocks sold to a dearer trend, receiving from 262c to 270c/kg. Restocking competition for light cows lifted prices 20c on the lighter 2 score cows, but the heavier weights were firm, making from 148c to 180c/kg. Heavy cows averaged firm to 2c better to receive from 182c to 222c, averaging 208c/kg. First sale for 2019 is on Thursday 10th January.

Market Report: MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service.

Photo: MD & JJ Anderson sold 9 Angus x steers for 319.6c/kg, av 186.1kg, $594.81 on behalf of Royal Oak Pastoral Co.

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