VENDORS sold 3600 cattle at the Wagga market on Monday.
Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service indicated that quality was plainer with less numbers of well-bred lines being offered. Feedlot buyers struggled to purchase well-bred secondary cattle and prices, particularly for feeder heifers fluctuated. Trade cattle were in short supply, with domestic buyers having to rely upon the heifer potion to fill orders. Most buyers were in attendance.
Vealers were limited making from 259c to 309c/kg. Domestic buyer competition fluctuated in early sales, however more buyers began to operate from 240c/kg. The main run of trade heifers eased 12c to average 226c/kg. Steers suitable for the trade eased to male from 248c to 290c/kg.
Store steers once again sold to mixed price trends due to the dry conditions. The bulk of the store steers sold from 250c to 338c/kg. Medium weight feeder steers sold 2c easier making from 252-294c/kg. Lighter weight feeder steers tracked 3c dearer to average 282c/kg.
Feeder heifers sold to erratic price trends making from 220c to 272c/kg. Heavy steers and bullocks sold to slightly weaker demand from processors however, feedlot competition kept a balance in the market.
The C3 and C4 steers and bullocks to slaughter sold from 225c to 269c/kg. In the cow market quality was very good and most processors were operating in a solid market. Heavy cows sold average 204c/kg. Leaner types made from 160c to 198c/kg.