Strong offering at cattle sale to start 2019

The first cattle sale in Wagga on Monday. Picture: Emma Hillier
The first cattle sale in Wagga on Monday. Picture: Emma Hillier

It was a reasonable sized offering for the first sale after the Christmas holiday break with a yarding of 2600.

The bulk of the yearlings offered were secondary cattle.

Trade cattle were in short supply and domestic processors were quite selective when making a purchase.

Grown steer and bullocks were limited and quality was fair.

The usual buying group was in attendance.

Restockers were in attendance, however there were only limited numbers of cattle suitable.

Vealer numbers increased and competition was steady, with the pick selling from 255c to 297c/kg.

Trade heifers benefited from feedlot competition, which resulted in a dearer trend to average 267c/kg.

There were only a few trade steers and competition was weak.

The limited supply sold from 235c to 280c/kg.

Light weight weaner steers returning to the paddock sold from 230c to 306c, with the heifer portion averaging 258c/kg.

The feeder steer and heifer market sold to solid bidding.

Feeder steers made from 230c to 306c/kg. Feeder heifers weighing 330-400kg were keenly sought, making from 210c to 276c/kg.

Pens of prime finished steers to slaughter made from 244c to 278c/kg.

The cow market sold to solid competition over all categories.

Heavy cows sold to 230c, to average 206c/kg.

The D2 and D3 medium weight lines sold from 155c to 204c/kg. Store cows were well supplied, making from 158c to 211c/kg.