Wagga Saleyard Report – Cattle

Wagga Saleyard Report – Cattle

Detailed Saleyard Report – Cattle
Market information provided by MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service
Wagga report date 05/08/2019 comparison date 29/07/2019
Yarding 3800 Change -330

The prediction of more rain this week resulted in numbers declining. Inspired restockers pushed the market higher for light weight steers,
while the heifer portion lacked competition. Secondary yearling heifers and steers were well supplied along with a good selection of crop
finished stock. Feedlot buyers were present and operating over all categories. Heavy steer and bullock numbers decreased and so did
competition. Cow numbers remained high with just over 1,000 yarded.
Prices were mixed for domestic processor cattle over most categories. Trade heifers improved by 3c to average 308c, while trade steers
benefitted from the excellent crop finished portion which helped improve prices, predominantly averaging 327c/kg. There were good numbers
of well bred light weight weaner steers, which resulted in strong competition from restockers, commission buyers and agents to improve prices
by 6c, to average 314c/kg. Weaner heifers 200-280kg sold to small demand, easing 22c/kg. The usual buying group operated in the feeder
steer market, but at lower price levels compared to the previous sale. There was smaller demand for feed steers 330-400kg, with the well bred
portion easing 8c to make from 300c to 344c/kg. Light weight feed heifers attracted a smaller field of buyers, resulting in prices declining 6c to
average 300c/kg. Medium weight feeder heifers however were keenly sought, improving 12c to average 311c/kg.
Grown steers and bullocks were limited and quality was only fair. The C3 and C4 steers made from 285c to 325c/kg. The cow market sold to
smaller demand, with sales easing further as the sale progressed for leaner types. Heavy cows eased 8c to average 258c, while the D2 and D3
cows sold to varied competition from southern processors, with most making from 188c to 256c/kg.