Pakenham Cattle Report

There were approximately 1,030 export and 450 young cattle penned, representing a decrease of 120 head week-on-week. There was a regular order absent from the usual buying group in a mostly cheaper market. Quality declined, with fewer prime cattle and less finish throughout. Trade cattle eased mainly 10c to 20c/kg and more in places. Grown steers and bullocks decreased 10c/kg. Heavy manufacturing steers declined 17c to 18c/kg. Cows sold 7c to 15c/kg cheaper. Heavy bulls improved 5c to 10c/kg.

Vealers sold from 198c to 328c/kg, with the wide price variation reflecting quality. Yearling trade steers made from 261c to 320c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold from 233c to 320c/kg.

Grown steers made from 250c to 290c/kg. Bullocks sold from 259c to 290c/kg. A limited selection of heavy weight grown heifers made from 230c and 268c after a top of 289c/kg. Heavy Friesian manufacturing steers sold from 195c to 210c after a top of 235c, with the crossbred portion making form 200c to 275c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows made from 132c to 184c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold mainly from 172c to 223c after a top of 235c/kg. Better shaped heavy bulls received from 215c to 241c/kg.
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