Wagga cattle sale, May 18 2020

TAKING THE BIDS: A file shot of the Elders Wagga team at Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre.
TAKING THE BIDS: A file shot of the Elders Wagga team at Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre.

VENDORS sold 2490 cattle at the Wagga market on Monday.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service numbers were marginally lower compared to the previous week.

On the back of last week's dearer market producers were motivated, offloading mostly lighter weight weaners under 350kg.

Price results however, were mixed over secondary categories.

It was the usual group of processors and feedlots, along with restocking demand from the local area and Victoria.

There was less demand for light weight secondary weaner steers and heifers, with prices for steers easing 13c/kg and more in places.

Young weaner steers, weighing from 200-280kg, returning to the paddock sold to weaker competition making from 473c to 516c/kg.

There were a few more orders in place for store heifers, ranging in weight from 200-280kg, with the bulk selling to dearer trends, averaging $1033/head.

Secondary steers suitable to feed-on, sold to the usual group of buyers.

Medium weight steers, 400-500kg, gained 10c, making from 385c to 415c/kg.

The lighter weight portion sold from 366c to 430c/kg.

There was only a single heifer purchased by the trade, while two pens of steers weighing, 400-500kg, sold at 390c and 410c/kg.

The pick of the vealers were to few to quote, making from 389c to 420c/kg.

Both export and domestic buyer competition was stronger over the limited few heavy steers and bullocks. Heavy grown steers reached a top price of 376c and bullocks to 383c/kg.

The cow market gained 5c to 6c/kg, with sales strong over all classes.

Heavy cows sold from 290c to 330c/kg.

Leaner grades sold at 255c to 310c/kg.

Store cows were keenly sought, selling at 260c to 334c/kg.

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