THERE were approximately 1520 export and 200 young cattle penned at VLE’s Leongatha Saleyards last Wednesday representing an increase of 380 head week-on-week.
The usual buying group was present and competing strongly in a dearer market.
Quality remained fairly mixed with many cattle lacking finish and cows making up almost half of the yarding.
Terry Ginnane of Landmark Leongatha said the prices showed a pleasing increase during the week.
“We had quite a lot of dairy cows in here today and while some of them were lighter in weight, it’s pleasing to see that they are still attracting reasonable prices,” he said.
The limited selection of vealers and trade steers improved in quality and price.
Heavy yearling heifers to the trade sold slightly dearer while there was a better selection of medium weights.
Grown steers improved 7c to 10c while the bullocks lifted 3c/kg for most.
Heavy grown heifers sold to solid demand. Heavy Friesian manufacturing steers gained 5c with the better crossbreds 8c/kg dearer. Light weight cows jumped 35c while most cows improved between 10c and 20c/kg. Heavy weight bulls eased 4c/kg.
A few vealers suited to butchers sold from 310c to 320c with secondary calves from 243c to 294c/kg. A few yearling trade steers made between 305c and 315c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 260c and 288c/kg.
Grown steers made from 286c to 317c/kg. Bullocks sold from 285c to 321c/kg. Heavy grown heifers made between 232c and 278c/kg. Heavy Friesian manufacturing steers sold between 221c and 263c with the crossbred portion between 240c and 306c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows made from 145c to 215c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold mostly from 178c to 247c/kg. Better shaped heavy bulls made between 213c and 240c with the dairy lots between 178c and 210c/kg.