Pakenham Cattle

April 27, 2020

There were approximately 375 export and 450 young cattle penned, representing a decrease of nearly 400 head week-on-week. Agents
reported the usual buying group present and operating in a mostly firm market. There was reportedly a decline in quality with fewer prime
cattle, as a larger proportion of the yarding was showing the effects of the cold weather. There was solid demand from processors for the well
finished vealers which improved a few cents while feeder competition kept a floor in secondary prices. Yearling cattle suited to the trade sold
generally firm. Grown steers and bullocks held firm. Heavy manufacturing steers eased in places with quality an issue.
Vealers sold from 329c to 423c/kg. Yearling steers to processors made from 302c to 390c/kg. Yearling heifers to processors sold from 285c to
391c/kg. Grown steers made from 308c to 333c/kg. Bullocks sold from 310c to 330c/kg. Heavy Friesian manufacturing steers made from 261c
to 289c with the crossbred portion selling from 270c to 309c/kg.