PRICES tracked a a dearer rate at the Wagga cattle market on Monday when vendors sold 4750 head.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service the bulk of the offering was suited to lot feeding or to return to the paddock for restockers.
Vealers made from 305c to 320c/kg. The trend for yearling trade cattle was again weaker with some processors very quiet.
The main run of heifers sold 11c cheaper to average 256c, while the steers portion eased back 8c and sold from 262c to 306c/kg. Secondary heifers weighing 280-330kg benefited from strong restocker demand making from 295c to 334c/kg.
The bulk of the store steers sold from 285c to 394c/kg. Feeder steers were in bigger numbers and competition was steady.
Medium weight steers were mostly unchanged to average 296c/kg. The general price trend for feeder heifers was slightly weaker. The bulk of the lighter weight heifers 330-400kg sold from 254c to 308c/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 250c to 289c/kg.
Heavy steers suitable to feed on sold from 256c to 285c, up by 2c/kg. In the cow market, quality was quite mixed. Not all buyers were in attendance, which resulted in some categories showing easier price trends. Heavy cows topped at 239c to average 224c/kg.
The D3 medium weights were 5c cheaper and averaged 216c/kg.