A TOTAL of 4120 cattle went under the hammer at the Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre on Monday.
It was the first cattle sale of 2020 for Wagga with livestock agents, vendors and buyers returning to the saleyards.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service numbers lifted, compared to the last sale last year, with some stock arriving from fire-affected areas.
Stock from Tumbarumba and Tumut were among the offering at the sale.
It was a very mixed yarding over most categories.
Some cattle showed plenty of finish while other stock was of plainer condition.
Rain in the north had a mixed impact in the market particularly for the lighter weight well-bred steers.
While the prospect of feed has invigorated restocker demand in certain areas, some producers are still facing a tough few months ahead.
Not all export companies were operating, while more feedlots were in attendance and operating to capacity.
The young trade cattle market produced solid price trends.
Price results for trade heifers averaged 262c/kg. Medium weight trade steers were few making from 230c to 295c/kg.
The well-bred lines of weaner steers returning to the paddock, 200-280kg gained 76c to average 285c/kg.
The heifer portion sold at 198c to 244c/kg.
Feeders steers found strong northern support which resulted in a price lift over all classes.
Lighter weight steers improved 28c, making from 219c to 305c/kg. Medium weight feed steers sold 5c stronger to average 285c/kg.
Feeder heifers were unchanged to 5c dearer making from 220c to 275c/kg. Prices for heavy C3 and C4 steers were notably softer making from 250 to 280c/kg.
Rain in the north worked some magic inspiring a large field of restockers, who applied price pressure to several weight classes.
Heavy cows gained 4c making from 185c to 217c/kg.
D3 types made from 170c to 192c/kg.
Cows back to the paddock sold at 130c to 216c/kg.
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