THERE was a big lift in supply and quality was mixed in the young cattle section.
Agents yarded 973 head, up 447 on the previous sale.
A fair sample of heavy steers and bullocks was penned and most of the cows were in the lower fat score range.
Buyer attendance generally was good and included the regular export processors plus wholesales, feeder operators and restockers.
The drop in quality affected average prices in the young cattle section, however the better presented classes met strong competition.
Heavy steer bullocks and cows experienced very little change in price with most close to firm.
Most of the calves averaged in the 190c range with some to 214.2c/kg. Vealer heifers to feed and slaughter averaged 207c with some to 214.2c/kg. Lightweight yearling steers to feed averaged 214c and medium weights generally sold around 218c with sales to 224.2c/kg.
Medium-weight local trade lines averaged 200c and made to 210c and heavy weights averaged close to 189c/kg.
Lightweight yearling heifers to feed and slaughter averaged 197c and 192c/kg respectively.
Medium weights to the trade average 201c and made to 218.2c and heavy weights attracted stronger competition to average 197c/kg.
Heavy steers to export slaughter averaged 182c sold to 185c/kg. A couple of pens of bullocks made to 184.2c to average 183c/kg.
Medium weight two-score cows averaged 124c and three-scores 134c/kg. A handful of good cows made to 153.2c/kg while heavy bulls made to 172.2c/kg.
NUMBERS remained virtually unchanged and a fair supply of young cattle was penned.
Agents yarded 493 head, up seven on the previous week.
Only a handful of heavy steers was available and a very small selection of cows.
Well-bred lines of light and medium-weight yearling steers met strong inquiry from restockers and feeder operators.
A small sample of slaughter class yearling heifers received strong support from wholesalers and butchers, however lesser quality lines sold to a subdued market.
Export slaughter descriptions generally met firm demand.
A few calves returned to the paddock at 211c with sales to 217.2c/kg.
Lightweight yearling steers to restockers made to 224.2c to average 215c/kg.
Medium-weight feeders averaged 223c and made to 227.2c/kg.
A fairly large selection of lightweight yearling heifers sold to feeder operators at 194c, and slaughter lines averaged 190c/kg.
Medium-weight yearling heifers to the trade averaged 209c and sold to 219.2c, while the heavy weights averaged 195c and sold to 202.2c/kg.
A couple of pens of heavy steers made to 187.6c to average 181c/kg.
A small number of medium-weight two-score cows averaged 122c and three-scores 135c/kg.
A few good heavy cows made to 152.6c/kg.
Heavy bulls made to 170c/kg.
AGAIN we saw a few more numbers come forward for competition.
Agents yarded a 493 with our share at 244 head.
There was a good line-up of cows and a few heavy steers or bullocks were yarded.
Still very few well-finished trade cattle suitable for local butcher trade.
Plainer type cattle met stronger demand as did quality lines of weaner steers and heifers, sales of weaner steers up to 229.2c while weaner heifers sold to 211.2c.
A few out-of-spec weights met less competition.
There was a good line-up of buyers also a full panel of export buyers in attendance and all operating.
Craig Knauth - Brymaroo sold quality Blonde cross weaners for 219.2c for $470, Michael and Chris Bruse of Aberdeen, Biddeston, sold droughtmaster cows for 150c for $793 also selling droughtmaster heifers for 185c for a top of $826, angus bullocks from Maclagan 573kg sold for 180.2 for $1033, John and Kay Ormsby, Yarraman, sold angus weaner steers 274kg for 229.2c for $628, murray grey bulls from Haden sold for 168.2c, brangus-cross butcher heifers from Oakey 300kg sold for 207.2c, brahman heifers from Felton, 385kg, sold for 172.2c for $662, charolais-cross steers from Oakey 390kg sold for 214.2c for $835 also selling heifers 365kg for 216.2c for $789, Blonde D'Aquitaine bulls 705kg sold for 170.2 for $1199, charolais cows 785kg sold for 157.2c for $1234.