Wagga Cattle Report

Rain across the supply area inspired restockers and lot feeders on the back of a reduction of numbers. Quality once again was mostly mixed, however there were odd pens of supplementary fed and crop finished stock, mainly heavier trade weights. Feedlot buyers were present and operating over all categories. Heavy steer and bullock numbers increased and prices continued their impressive run. Cow numbers declined, forcing buyers to compete strongly to secure numbers.

Prices were up for domestic processor cattle over most categories Trade steers prices rallied by 9c to average 329c/kg. Trade heifers benefited from the excellent supplementary fed portion resulting in a dearer trend of 29c, the bulk making from 285c to 315c/kg. There were only limited lines of well-bred light weight weaner steers and heifers, resulting in restockers, commission buyers and agents pushing prices 15c to 43c/kg higher. Weaner heifers weighing 200-280kg gained 43c, making from 240c to 304c/kg. The lighter weight steers sold 15c dearer to average312c/kg. The usual buying group operated in the feeder steer market. Rain reduced numbers and intensified bidding for medium weight steers to average 325c/kg. There was stronger demand for feed steers weighing 330-400kg. The well-bred portion lifted 2c, receiving from 307c to334c/kg. Light weight feed heifers attracted a large field of buyers. Prices spiked 8c for the lighter weights to average 300c/kg.

Grown steers met strong competition from southern processors, lifting prices by 24c to average 338c/kg. Bullocks were in short supply and quality was only fair which was reflected in the cheaper trend. Bullocks varied from 281c to 320c/kg. The cow market increased sharply, driven once again by a shortage of numbers. Heavy cows gained 10c to average 266c/kg. The D2 and D3 cows ignited the bidding due to the limited supplies, causing prices to increase 30c to 40c/kg. The bulk of the D2 and D3 types sold from 206 to 262c/kg.
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Updated Cattle Health Declaration Now Available

An updated version of the Cattle Health Declaration is now available for use.
Key updates include:
• The owner and cattle details have been removed, as this information is captured on the NVD – it’s rare that a CHD would be used independently of an NVD, so these documents should complement one another.
• ‘Type’ of on-farm biosecurity plan is no longer specified.
• EBL questions have been removed as they do not apply in most instances.
• The JD testing questions are now easier to understand.
• Co-grazing with sheep has been removed as a question.
• A new explanatory note advises that co-grazing with any JD-susceptible species may be important to some buyers.
The updated CHD is available HERE and also the ALPA website.