20 May Wagga Saleyard Report – Cattle
Detailed Saleyard Report – Cattle
Market information provided by MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service
Wagga report date 20/05/2019 comparison date 13/05/2019
On the back of last week’s much cheaper market, numbers declined. Trade cattle were in short supply. Feedlot buyers were active, but
selective on the breed of cattle when buying. Typically, for this time of year there was a seasonal shortage of heavy steers and bullocks. Cow
numbers declined and competition was steady. Restockers attended and paid premium prices for a particular breed, while other types were
discounted at times throughout the sale.
Domestic trade cattle were in limited supply and quality was only fair. The mixed quality supply of veal sold from 180c to 250c/kg. Trade steers
sold to limited competition, making from 250c to 288c/kg. Trade heifers gained 4c, owing to the shortage of trade cattle to average 260c/kg.
There was another wave of light weight cattle pushed onto the market before winter. Despite the increased supplies of light weight cattle,
weaner steers weighing 200-280kg sold to slightly stronger price trends, making from 210c to 303c/kg. The lighter weight heifers mainly sold
7c cheaper to average 210c/kg. The usual buying group operated in the feeder steer market, however steers over 400kg were in short supply.
The bulk of the medium steers decreased 10c to average 280c/kg. There was weaker demand for heifers suitable to feed on, with the lighter
weights selling 3c cheaper, making from 220c to 276c/kg. Medium weight feed heifers sold 10c cheaper, receiving from 228c to 280c/kg.
Grown steers and bullocks were in short supply. The C3 and C4 steers and bullocks sold from 240c to 309c/kg. The cow market sold to steady
demand. Heavy cows attracted the strongest competition, making from 195c to 232c/kg. The D2 and D3 cows sold to slightly weaker trends.
The D2 and D3 types made from 110c to 197c/kg. Cows to turnout sold to a small group of store buyers, making from 135c to 234c/kg.