Numbers lifted and the quality was good at Yass on Thursday. Weaners were in short supply and there was a better run of feeder steers and heifers. Prime trade cattle were in limited numbers, while grown steers and bullocks were better supplied and nearly 650 cows were penned.
Weaners eased 20c to 25c, with steers making from 246c to 290c and heifers receiving from 200c to 250c/kg. Trade vealers sold to 220c/kg.
Medium weight feeders were firm on the more popular breeds, while the crossbred steers lifted 5c to 6c and crossbred heifers decreased 5c to 6c/kg. Steers made from 260c to 320c and medium weight heifers sold from 223c to 276c/kg. Heavy trade cattle received from 250c to 291c/kg.
Grown steers and bullocks were 7c to 11c cheaper despite the increase in volume, making from 240c to 296c/kg. Cows sold erratic, with the 2 score cows averaging 10c dearer with a bit more restocking competition, receiving from 120c to 185c/kg. Heavy 4 score cows sold 2c to 5c cheaper, making from 200c to 225c, averaging 209c/kg.
Category, Weight, Qty, c/kg, $/Hd
- Light Steers, 350, 323, top 320.2, $1103, average 260.5, $738
- Light Heifers, 350, 459, top 275.2, $950, average 222.1, $638
- Trade steers, 351-500, 265, top 317.2, $1422, average 285.4, $1146
- Trade heifers, 351-500, 182, top 278, $1301, average 234.6, $944
- Export steers, 501+, 92, top 300, $1968, average 279.5, $1605
- Export heifers, 501+, 11, top 264, $1360, average 222.1, $1183
- Cows, 658, top 230, $1892, average 177, $916
- Bulls, 700, 29, top 230 $1235, average 194, $824
- Bulls, 700, 23, top 225, $2279, average 195.9, $1657
Prime Sheep, Lamb
Lamb numbers increased and the quality improved at Yass on Wednesday.
There was the usual run of store lambs and a better offering of trade and heavy lambs. Merino lambs increased in number, but mainly light weights remained. All the usual buyers were operating.
Restockers and feeders paid from $125 to $157 a head.
The 2 score processing lambs were $2 dearer, making from $108 to $145 a head.
Medium and heavy trade weights to 24kg were firm to $2 dearer, making from $145 to $188 a head, averaging from 750c to 780c/kg cwt.
Heavy lambs were $5 to $6 cheaper, receiving from $183 to $239 a head or from 710c to 730c/kg cwt. Light Merino lambs sold from $72 to $128 and hoggets reached 210 a head.
Mutton numbers were steady and the quality improved. Prices were firm to $3 a head cheaper on average. Medium weights sold from $110 to $145 a head.
Heavy crossbred ewes made from $138 to $198 a head. Merino wethers reached $180 a head. Carcase prices averaged from 580c to 620c/kg cwt on average.
Category, Qty, $/Hd
- Suckers XB, 276, top $170, ave $154.37
- Lambs Merino, 1137, top $162.60, ave $122.11
- Lambs XB, 5951, top $239, ave $160.53
- Hoggets XB, 310, top $210, ave $167.45
- Wethers Merino, 2118, top $180, ave $129.17
- Ewes XB, 67, top $166, ave -
- Ewes Merino, 2126, top $181.60, ave $112.88