Labor Day holiday and dry conditions lift numbers

Cattle for sale in Wagga.

Cattle for sale in Wagga.

A combination of dry spring conditions and the forthcoming Labour Day holiday lifted numbers significantly to sell 4600. Yearlings and weaners made up the bulk of the offering with trade types in greater numbers.

Domestic processors were subdued, with select butcher orders paying a premium for vealers and odd drafts of yearling cattle. There were limited feeder orders in place at the beginning of the market.

Vealers were in reasonable supply and quality improved with B muscled vealers enjoying a price lift of 22c to 23c/kg. European vealers and their crosses made from 260c to 322c/kg.

The trade market lacked demand and prices drifted back 5c to 11c/kg. The main run of heifers averaged 244c, while the steer portion sold from 255c to 285c/kg.

The bulk of the store steers made from 250c to 330c/kg. The heifer portion sold 19c cheaper making from 229c to 268c/kg. Medium weight steers eased 3c, making from 255c to 292c/kg.

The general price trend for feeder heifers was much weaker. The bulk of the lighter weight heifers sold 9c to 10c cheaper making from 235c to 268c/kg. Both domestic and export competition was weaker. Well-finished steers eased 5c to average 260c/kg.

It was a very good quality offering of bullocks, however, not all buyers operated and prices eased 7c, to sell from 245c to 269c/kg.

There was a significant price correction of 11c to 18c with all categories affected. Heavy cows topped at 243c to average 225c/kg. The D3 medium weights were well supplied, making from 176c to 220c/kg.