12 Aug Wagga Saleyard Report – Cattle
Detailed Saleyard Report – Cattle
Market information provided by MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service
Wagga report date 12/08/2019 comparison date 05/08/2019
Rain across the supply areas resulted in numbers easing significantly. Most of the usual buying group were present and operating, along with a
major domestic processor after a lengthy absence. Trade buyers struggled to purchase well finished steers and to compete against the higher
prices offered by feedlots. There were insufficient numbers of trade steers to quote, with a single pen recording a top price of 347c/kg.
Competition for trade heifers 400-500kg improved, influenced by an extra processor and the improved quality, with the well finished heifers
gaining 12c/kg. Medium weight trade heifers made from 302c 336c, while light weight grain assisted heifers sold from 275c 321c/kg. Rain and
numerous store orders combined to increase prices for young weaners by 20c/kg. Light weight steers returning to the paddock sold from 305c
to 338c/kg, to average $942/head. A market to experience fluctuating trends was for feeder heifers, where prices were from 6c to 12c
cheaper, with the lighter weights averaging 288c/kg. Lighter weight feeder steers sold to at 346c, improving 6c to average 333c/kg. Medium
weight feeder steers made to 346c/kg.
The seasonal shortage of export cattle and improved quality increased prices from 16c to 19c/kg. Top quality younger lines of heavy grown
steers 500-600kg to processors made from 316c to 332c/kg. Heavy C4 bullocks sold from 305c to 322c/kg. Heavy heifers over 500kg sold to a
stronger trend from 10 to 20c, while the better covered and younger heifers sold from 286c to 336c/kg. The cow market opened on strong
note for well finished types, with prices 3c dearer, averaging 261c/kg. The better covered lean cows D2 and D3 sold from 210c to 254c/kg.