Cattle numbers lifted and the quality improved. Yearlings were in demand from feeders and Restockers with the buyers limited on purchases. Grown steers and bullocks were well supplied and there were a few extra export orders operating. Only a few grown heifers were yarded but there were plenty of heavy cows. The buying group was larger with a few more feeder orders and export buyers.
Light restocking vealer steers sold to 426c with the trade vealers ranging from 320c to 350c/kg. Feeder steers were back 6c to 8c/kg despite the extra competition. Prices ranged from 302c to 346c/kg. Medium weight feeder heifers were firm to 4c/kg dearer with the heavy weights slipping. Heifers received 290c to 331c/kg. Trade steers and heifers lifted 13c on average with the steers selling from 310c to 346c and heifers averaged 322c/kg.
Grown steers and bullocks over 500kg were 3c stronger selling between 270c and 324c/kg. Grown heifers were 5c to 9c dearer ranging from 250c to 317c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows were firm to range between 205c to 227c/kg. Heavy 3 and 4 scores were 6c to 7c dearer ranging from 222c to 249c to average 243c/kg.
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Photo: Sal & Phill Butt, Butt Livestock & Property sold Angus x Steers on behalf of Andrew Hinds to a top of 426c/kg, averaging 248.5kg, $1058.61ph.