Numbers rose sharply as agents yarded 776 head of live weight and open auction cattle, a rise of over 500 head on the previous weeks low. The usual group of trade and processor buyers was present and active along with feeder and restocker orders. Quality lifted on the previous week as the market sold from firm to slightly dearer in price.
There was a small number of vealers presented, with steers selling to 330c and heifers to 318c/kg. Yearling steers were mixed in quality with some excellent cattle suited to slaughter combined with several pens of store conditioned types. The trade were active paying from 255c to 310c, feeders bought from 290c to 297c while there was strong restocker support ranging from 262c to a high of 317c/kg. Yearling heifers were a similar run to the steers with the trade active from 260c to 306c, feeders also purchased to 306c as restockers turned these back out ranging from 244c to 276c/kg.
A much larger offering of grown steers and bullocks were penned, with these cattle lifting in quality and receiving a 5c/kg lift in price. They ranged from 252c to 300c with grown heifers ranging from 226c to 280c, and manufacturing steers sold to 250c/kg. A small number of cows came forward with the light weight types making from 194c to 228c and the heavier types trading from 228c to 258c/kg to be firm in price. Heavy bulls ranged from 226c to 255c with light weights reaching a high of 273c/kg.
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