LEONGATHA Cattle Market Report for Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
The yarding consisted of 1659 head, up 192 head on the previous week.
Of these, approximately 1360 were export cattle plus 300 young cattle representing a reduction week-on-week.
The usual buying group was present and operating in a mixed market.
Quality was reasonable with a good selection of grown cattle displaying some finish while cow numbers declined.
Trade cattle sold mostly firm with the odd cheaper sale. Grown steers and bullocks sold firm to slightly easier while the heavy weight bullocks exceeding 750kg eased 8c/kg.
Heavy grown heifers improved 6c/kg. Heavy Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers held firm. Heavy beef cows and refinished Friesians eased 7c to 15c with fewer buyers operating on these classes while lighter and leaner grades improved 4c to 8c/kg and more on some sales. Heavy bulls gained 10c to 20c/kg.
Vealers sold mostly from 260c to 300c/kg. A couple of yearling trade steers made between 265c and 270c/kg.
Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 240c and 270c/kg. Grown steers made from 270c to 295c/kg.
Bullocks sold from 284c to 299c with the heavy weights from 280c to 290c/kg.
Heavy grown heifers showing good finish made between 230c and 268c/kg.
Heavy Friesian manufacturing steers sold between 204c and 245c with the crossbred portion between 215c and 280c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows made from 155c to 201c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold mostly from 188c to 228c/kg. Better shaped heavy bulls made between 220c and 256c/kg.