There were approximately 1,700 export and 500 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 1,200 head week-on-week. The usual buying group was present and operating in a cheaper market.
Quality declined, with a large proportion of the yarding lacking finish. Competition softened for trade cattle, with most easing approximately 10c and up to 20c/kg in places, while secondary young lots suited to feed and restock sold to firm demand. Grown steers and bullocks eased 5c to 8c/kg for most. Heavy grown heifers were back 3c/kg. Heavy manufacturing steers eased 10c/kg. Heavy beef cows eased 5c to 10c/kg, while lighter and leaner grades of cows held firm.
Heavy bulls eased slightly. Most vealers sold from 250c to 305c/kg. Yearling trade steers made from 254c to 300c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold from 222c to 300c/kg. Grown steers made from 260c to 288c/kg. Bullocks sold from 262c to 286c/kg. Heavy Friesian manufacturing steers made from 202c to 229c, with the crossbred portion making from 214c to 275c/kg. Heavy grown heifers sold from 218c to 256c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows made from 132c to 202c/kg. Most heavy weight cows sold from 170c to 235c, with a top of 240c/kg. Better shaped heavy bulls made from 218c to 255c/kg.