THERE were approximately 2100 export and 350 young cattle penned at the VLE Leongatha saleyards on Wednesday last week, representing a decrease of nearly 500 head week-on-week.
There was a full field of buyers present and operating in a generally firm market which was cheaper in places.
Quality slipped a little on last sale, with a greater proportion of the yarding lacking finish.
Trade cattle sold from firm to 5c/kg dearer and more for some heavy vealers showing good finish.
Grown steers and bullocks sold firm, with the leaner grades easing 4c/kg.
Heavy weight grown heifers slipped 16c/kg with quality an issue.
Heavy weight Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers eased 6c to 8c/kg.
Heavy weight cows eased 5c to 8c while the lighter and leaner grades fell 10c to 20c/kg.
Heavy weight bulls sold mostly firm.
Heavy weight vealers suited to butcher orders sold from 309c to 330c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade made between 264c and 305c/kg.
Grown steers sold between 272c and 298c/kg.
Bullocks made from 274c to 300c/kg.
Heavy weight grown heifers showing good finish sold from 252c to 285c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers made between 232c and 246c, with the crossbred portion between 244c and 288c/kg.
Most light and medium weight cows sold between 150c and 210c/kg.
Heavy weight cows made mostly from 187c to 250c/kg.
Heavy weight C and B muscle bulls sold from 262c to 301c, with dairy lines from 232c to 259c/kg.
Sale draw for March 16 and 17: 1. Alex Scott & Staff, 2. Rodwells, 3. Elders, 4. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 5. SEJ, 6. Landmark.
The next of the fortnightly sheep sales is on Wednesday, March 23 at noon.
Buyers still keen on quality