Wagga cattle market, February 17 2020

TAKING THE BIDS: Buyers and vendors are pictured at the Wagga cattle market.

TAKING THE BIDS: Buyers and vendors are pictured at the Wagga cattle market.

BIG numbers of cattle went under the hammer at the Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre on Monday with vendors selling 6440.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service numbers were similar with higher prices drawing cattle from Victoria and NSW.

A large percentage of the offering was very well-bred secondary cattle, along with some very good supplementary fed stock.

It was a large field of summer buyers in attendance with the strength of the export market coming from northern buyers.

Domestic trade buyers once again struggled to compete against feedlot competition. Well finished trade weight steers were few making from 330c to 340c/kg. The better shaped heifers suitable for the trade sold 29c/kg dearer to feedlot demand ramping up for heifers 400-500kg.

Feeder steers were well supplied attracting strong competition from northern NSW and Queensland. Buyers pushed medium weight feed steers up by 19c to average 362c/kg.

Feeder type heifers ignited the bidding, with northern competition dominating the light and medium weight categories. The top price recorded was 358c to average 339c/kg. Store steers and heifers met strong competition from restockers, backgrounders and a boat order.

Prices surged ahead 26c selling from 350c to 438c/kg. Well finished heavy bullocks and steers were in reasonable supply.

The better quality pens of prime C3 steers and C4 bullocks made from 300c to 350c/kg. Price outcomes in the cow market were significantly stronger with northern buyers the market drivers. Heavy cows jumped 14c to average 292c/kg.

The Middle run of D3 and D2 types sold from 250c to 289c/kg. Store cows made from 260c to 304c/kg