VENDORS sold 3800 cattle at the Wagga market on Monday.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service reporter Leann Dax rain across the supply area contributed to a drop in supply. Some parts of the Riverina and southern NSW had experienced summer storms in the past week.
The bulk of the yearlings offered were secondary cattle.
Light weight cattle were well supplied and prices were generally similar for the well-bred lines despite the decline in store orders.
Trade cattle were again limited fluctuating from firm to dearer. Feedlot buyers were more selective and hesitated to push past the 280c/kg price barrier.
Cow numbers remained high at Wagga with more than 895 penned.
Domestic buyers were reliant upon heifers to meet specifications with trade steers lacking fat cover.
Heifers suitable for the trade sold from 230c to 262c/kg.
Trade steers were few, making from 270c to 284c/kg. Light weight weaner steers 200-280kg returning to the paddock met fluctuating demand to average 272c/kg.
The lighter weight heifers mostly sold to feedlots and backgrounders making from 180c to 236c/kg.
The usual buying group operated in the feeder steer market. Buyers lowered their price levels from the commencement of the sale resulting in a cheaper trend of 6c to 7c/kg.
The bulk of the steers made from 227c to 284c/kg.
Buyers pushed feedlot heifers 2c to 6c higher, the bulk making from 200c to 275c/kg.
The limited supply of heavy C3 steers and bullocks sold to stronger southern competition making from 230c to 268c/kg.
The cow market sold to steady demand however, at times competition waned.
Heavy cows topped at 205c to average 193c/kg.
The D3 and D2 medium weight lines were unchanged to 10c/kg easier for the plainer types.
Store cows were in limited supply, making from 124c to 172c/kg.