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 14/10/2019 comparison date 30/09/2019
Yarding 4700 Change -425

The disruption of the labour day holiday last week, minimal rain and the ongoing sell-off, combined to take its toll on the market. Prices for
most cattle cheapened, led by some young cattle to slaughter that have slipped back 30c/kg and more. Quality across the offering was quite
good however the standout to many buyers was the lack of weight over 400kg. Back grounders, feedlots and restockers were all active and
operating at slightly lower price levels. Heavy steer and bullock numbers declined and so did prices. Cow numbers were similar with 1,170
penned.
Price results for the limited numbers of good domestic cattle was cheaper. Trade steers recorded a top price of 302c to average 293c/kg.
Trade heifers appealed to fewer domestic processors resulting in a significantly cheaper trend to average 271c/kg. Light weight weaner steers
purchased by local restockers were unchanged making from 210c to 318c/kg. Light weight store heifers returning to the paddock sold to
steady Victorian competition making from 200c to 255c/kg.
A bigger field of feedlot buyers were operating in a solid market for light and medium weight categories. There was steady demand for feed
steers 400kg to 500kg, with prices generally unchanged to average 305c/kg. Lighter weight feed heifers sold to weaker competition selling at
210c to 278c/kg.
Grown steers and bullocks were in short supply and quality was mixed. The younger well finished steers met stronger demand from domestic
and export processors making from 278c to 324c/kg. Bullocks were limited and prices averaged 309c/kg. Heavy heifers with shape sold from
260c to 308c/kg.
A similar sized yarding of cows sold to a large field of buyers. Prices were 12c to 19c/kg dearer. Heavy cows sold from 230c to 266c, with a
few pens of 6 tooth cows recording a top price of 286c/kg. The D2 and D3 types made from 182c to 234c/kg.