Wagga cattle market, November 5 2018

BIG NUMBERS: Dry conditions prompt big sell off at Wagga cattle sale.
BIG NUMBERS: Dry conditions prompt big sell off at Wagga cattle sale.

IMMINENT rain on Tuesday wasn’t enough to stop the big influx of cattle going under the hammer at the Wagga market on Monday.

The Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre had a yarding of 6030 cattle which was 165 less than the previous week.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service numbers remained high as the dry conditions prevail.

The bulk of the offering were secondary cattle under 450kg.

Trade cattle were once again in short supply.

Grown steer and bullocks were in limited numbers and quality was very good.

It was a smaller group of buyers, with the strongest bidding coming from northern processors and feedlots.

Restocker inquiry was limited, with a few buyers not returning this week. Vealers were in short supply and the better finished sold from 250c to 285c/kg.

Trade heifers sold to weaker demand from domestic processors.

Medium weight trade heifer sold from 204c to 276c, averaging 251c/kg.

Steers suitable for the trade were in limited numbers.

The better finished steers made from 275c to 288c/kg.

There was minimal restocking interest, with regular buyers not participating.

The bulk of the steers returning to the paddock sold from 200c to 260c/kg.

The feeder steer and heifer market sold to erratic price trends throughout the sale, while well-bred steers were aided by strong northern feedlot competition.

Feeder steers generally made from 242c to 314c/kg.

Feeder heifers weighing 330-400kg sold from 210c to 264c to average 240c/kg.

Domestic and export processors struggled to obtain adequate numbers.

The better quality pens of prime finished steers made from 255c to 284c/kg.

The cow market sold to softer trends over most categories.

Heavy cows eased 3c to average 229c/kg.

The D3 medium weight lines sold 7c cheaper averaging 187c/kg.

Store cows were well supplied and met with keen competition making from 146c to192c/kg.

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