Cattle numbers closed out the fiscal year with the lowest throughput for the month.
Supply was back 28% week on week at MLA’s NLRS reported saleyards.
The majority of centres across the state had lower yardings while a few managed to yard similar numbers to last week.
Bairnsdale’s supply was unchanged week on week however remains 35% higher compared to the corresponding week last year.
At Ballarat numbers remained very low however is 30% higher year on year.
Camperdown experienced a 7% reduction in throughput on last week and 24% reduction compared to last year.
Supply at Leongatha halved week on week and was 24% down compared to last year.
Despite Pakenham’s throughput falling 37% yardings remain 34% higher compared to last year.
Shepparton’s numbers went back 13% week on week however is 16% higher year on year.
Throughput at Warrnambool halved compared to last year and was back 31% on last week.
Close to 1,000 less head were yarded at Wodonga in comparison to last week albeit yardings were 28% higher year on year.
Quality of cattle continues to decline with the cooler weather affecting the condition of stock.
Young cattle quality was on average lower however there were still some good lines available across Gippsland.
Grown cattle were in short supply and cows suitable for processing dominating.
The regular buyers were present across the majority of markets however not all were active with low cattle availability making it difficult to secure adequate lines.
Prices decreased as quality has notably decline throughout the month.
Medium weight vealer steers to the trade were unchanged of 197¢ with the heavy weight portion settling on 213¢ to be 3¢/kg lower.
Vealer steers to restock were in low supply with the lightweight portion 2¢ lower on 197¢/kg.
Medium weight vealer heifers to the trade settled on 198¢ while the heavy weight portion to the trade averaged 204¢/kg.
Heavy yearling steers were 1¢ lower on 198¢ and the heifer portion was back 3¢ to 179¢/kg.
Heavy C3 grown steers ranged from 168¢ to 196¢ to average 184¢/kg.
The C4 bullock price increased 2¢ to 187¢ after selling from 150¢ to 197¢/kg.
Heavy grown heifers were 3¢ cheaper on 150¢/kg.
Medium weight dairy cows were 11¢ lower on 103¢ while the beef portion was 5¢ back on 117¢/kg.
Heavy dairy cows mostly sold from 105¢ to 136¢ to average 123¢, to be 5¢/kg cheaper.
Heavy beef cows declined 5¢ selling from 118¢ to 150¢/kg.
Bull prices went against the trend with medium weight C2 bulls 7¢ higher after topping at 153¢/kg.
Prices for heavy weight C3 bulls were 1¢ up on 162¢/kg.
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