Physical market numbers reported by MLA’s NLRS remained relatively firm with a 3% decrease week-on-week.
Supply remains well below last year’s levels, being 27% lower compared to the corresponding week last year.
The majority of markets across the state had fewer cattle, with Colac and Wodonga young cattle the only centres to see higher throughput.
Young cattle quality was mixed with many complexes reporting increased levels of plain conditioned cattle.
Yearling heifers dominated supply in the young cattle portion with yearling steers also in reasonable numbers. Vealer steer and heifer supply remains low with heavyweights dominating.
Heavy grown steers were also well represented throughout the markets as were well conditioned bullocks.
Good quality heavy weight cows were also available across most centres.
Buyer attendance improves
Greater buyer attendance was reported across select centres.
Wodonga young cattle had a full contingent of domestic and export buyers with the inclusion of a major supermarket active across a selection of trade cattle.
Two additional interstate export buyers were in attendance at Wodonga grown cattle with all the regular buyers also present. More restocker buyers were active at most young cattle markets.
Cow prices higher
Young cattle sold to a mixed trend however well-conditioned heavy weight cattle tended to be higher.
Heavy C3 vealer steers to the trade were 3¢ higher on 210¢, while the heifer portion settled on 200¢/kg.
Medium weight C3 yearling steers to process made 192¢ while the heavy weights made 195¢/kg. The C3 yearling heifers were 4¢ lower on 179¢/kg
Cow prices were the only category to indicate a clear positive trend with the majority of weight categories increasing.
Medium weight D3 cows were 2¢ higher on 135¢ and the heavy weights settled around 144¢ to be up 6¢/kg
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