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 30/09/2019 comparison date 23/09/2019
Yarding 5125 Change 1725

Numbers lifted significantly and prices fluctuated in the lead-up to the public holiday next Monday. A common trend through the offering was
forward store condition stock being sold, following the warm and dry spring conditions. There was a lot of mixed breed cattle being offloaded
too as farmers prepare for a tough spring. Trade heifers and steers were in short supply. Back grounders, feedlots and restockers were all
active and operating at lower price levels. Heavy steer and bullock numbers were similar and demand was strongest for the younger well
finished steers. Cow numbers climbed notably to just over 1,200 head.
Price results for the limited availability of good domestic steers to slaughter was 10c/kg cheaper. Trade steers recorded a top price of 330c to
average 306c/kg. Trade heifers attracted a large field of domestic processors and feedlot buyers which resulted in a dearer trend of 5c,
averaging 305c/kg. Light weight weaner steers purchased by local restockers dipped 20c making from 206c to 306c/kg. Light weight store
heifers returning to the paddock sold to minimal restocker competition making from 180c to 265c/kg.
The usual field of feedlot buyers were operating in a erratic market for light and medium weight categories. There was weaker demand for
feed steers 400kg to 500kg, with prices generally easing 7c to average 305c/kg. Medium weight feeder heifers sold to strong demand and the
well bred portion were ideally suited to several orders, which contributed to the dearer trend of 24c, making from 280c to 297c/kg.
Grown steers and bullocks were in reasonable supply and quality was very good. The younger well finished steers met stronger demand from
domestic and export processors making from 294c to 335c/kg. Bullocks were limited and prices averaged 316c/kg. Heavy heifers with shape
sold from 265c to 310c/kg.
A much larger yarding of cows applied pressure to prices over all categories. Prices were 4c to 8c/kg cheaper. Heavy cows sold to a smaller
group of processors selling from 211c to 263c/kg. The D2 and D3 types made from 147c to 225c/kg.