Pakenham Cattle

Market Day 22 October 2018

Yarding 1153
Change -114

There were approximately 800 export and 350 young cattle penned, representing a decrease of 110 head week-on-week. Most of the usual buying group was present and operating in a mixed market. Quality declined with a greater proportion of the yarding lacking finish, affecting averages in places. Most young cattle suited to the trade sold 5c to 10c/kg cheaper and more on some isolated sales, while plainer light weights were not in demand, with quality an issue in places. Grown steers and bullocks carrying some level of finish sold firm, while leaner grown steers eased 14c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers generally sold firm.

Heavy Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers eased 3c to 4c/kg. Most cows sold 15c to 25c/kg dearer, with strong competition from local processors being the driver. Heavy bulls lifted 4c/kg.

A small number of vealers reached a top of 318c/kg. Yearling trade steers sold from 270c to 306c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade made from 238c to 279c with a top of 310c/kg.

Grown steers sold from 262c to 290c/kg. Bullocks made from 280c to 302c/kg. Heavy grown heifers sold from 230c to 265c/kg.

Heavy Friesian manufacturing steers made from 185c to 218c, with the crossbred portion making from 198c to 279c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows sold from 130c to 216c/kg. Most heavy weight cows made from 182c to 239c/kg. Heavy bulls sold from 224c to 235c/kg.