Cattle numbers increase after public holiday to 4600

Numbers increased after last week’s Labour day public holiday to 4600, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.

Some of the Riverina received good rains overnight.

Rain did revive some restocker activity, mostly at a local level across lighter weight classes, while southern restockers were active in the 330-400kg weight bracket.

Yearlings and weaners made up the bulk of the offering with trade types in reasonable supply.

Vealers were in short supply making from 270c up to 316c/kg for the lighter weights.

The main run of heifers averaged 262c, while the steer portion sold from 265c to 293c/kg.

Restocker competition was stronger at times for well-bred lines.

The bulk of the store steers made from 284c to 342c/kg.

The heifer portion sold to enthusiastic bidding making from 266c to 303c/kg.

Medium weight steers averaged 277c, after reaching a top of 289/kg.

The bulk of the lighter weight heifers, 280-330kg, tracked dearer making from 255c to 290c/kg.

Heavy grown steers and bullocks sold to a larger group of processors, making from 262c to 283c/kg.

Cow numbers lifted and quality was very good.

Prices lifted late in the day due in part to a southern processor commencing to buy late in the sale.

Heavy cows topped at 228c, to average 220c/kg.

The D3 medium weights were well supplied, making from 200c to 223c/kg.

Cows back to the paddock were keenly contested making from 182c to 220c/kg.