Vendors sold 2800 cattle at the Wagga market on Monday.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service numbers declined and so did quality.
Domestic trade cattle were in limited supply and demand was soft for the steer portion. Trade steers sold to a small pool of buyers, making from 266c to 305c/kg.
Trade heifers benefited from feedlot demand to average 256c/kg.
Farmers continue to offload lighter weight cattle ahead of winter, which pressured the market.
Prices for light weight steers to background or feed on eased 29c to 34c, making from 210c to 290c/kg.
The lighter weight heifers to feed on declined 28c to average 226c/kg.
A smaller buying group operated in the feeder steer market, causing prices to ease back 19c to 28c/kg.
The bulk of the medium steers sold from 255c to 313c/kg.
Demand for secondary heifers suitable to feed on fluctuated, with the lighter weights 8c cheaper, making from 225c to 280c, while medium weight feed heifers averaged 269c/kg.
There were insufficient numbers of grown steers and bullocks to quote. C3 and C4 steers and bullocks sold from 255c to 285c/kg.
The cow market sold to weaker trends as the market progressed.
Heavy cows sold 6c cheaper to average 218c/kg. The D2 and D3 cows lacked yield, making from 150c to 197c/kg. Store cows sold 40c to 48c, receiving from 122c to 168c/kg.