Cattle numbers fall by 2350 in Wagga after heavy rain

Cattle at Wagga's Livestock Marketing Centre.
Cattle at Wagga's Livestock Marketing Centre.

Torrential rain across the supply area contributed to a significant decrease in supply on Monday, falling 2350 from the previous week to 2400.

Vealers were in short supply making from 298c to 310c/kg.

The trend for yearling trade cattle was stronger due to limited supplies and a lift in quality.

The main run of heifers sold 14c dearer to average 270c/kg.

The limited supply of trade steers attracted strong bidding with European cross steers paid a premium.

The better finished steers sold from 268c to 310c/kg.

Secondary steers weighing 280-330kg were aided by strong northern restocker demand making from 291c to 334c/kg.

Light weight secondary heifers sold to impressive prices topping at 354c to average $695/head.

Medium weight steers sold 4c dearer to average 299c/kg.

The general price trend for feeder heifers was stronger.

The bulk of the lighter weight heifers, 330-400kg, sold from 250c to 303c/kg.

Export steers sold to steady competition, with one major processor purchasing the bulk of the offering.

The better C3 and C4 steers sold from 255c to 270c/kg.

Heavy steers suitable to feed on sold from 270c to 293c, lifting 4c/kg.

In the cow market, quality was mixed with most weights and grades represented.

Not all buyers were in attendance however, a reduced supply contributed to dearer trends.

Heavy cows topped at 240c to average 235c/kg. The D3 medium weights were 11c dearer averaging 228c/kg.