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 03/06/2019 comparison date 27/05/2019
Yarding 3100 Change 500

Numbers lifted due to the approaching Queen’s birthday public holiday next Monday. Quality was again quite mixed over all categories. Trade
cattle were in greater supply, with all processors keen to acquire stock. Feedlot buyers were active, pushing well bed steer prices significantly
higher. Heavy steer and bullock numbers contract as winter closes in. Cow numbers increased notably, with over 1,250 penned. Restockers
attended and once again, paid premium prices for a particular breed.
Domestic cattle prices gathered momentum amid tight supplies at all selling centres. The mixed quality supply of veal sold to dearer trends,
making from 255c to 310c/kg. Trade steers sold to stronger competition, gaining 9c to average 315c/kg. Trade heifers were unchanged to a
few cents dearer at the top end, making from 258c to 290c/kg. There was more light weight weaner steers and heifers pushed onto the
market as winter begins. Some rain across the supply area did inspire restockers who competed against commission buyers and agents for
quality lines. Weaner steers weighing 200-280kg sold 8c dearer, making from 216c to 324c/kg. The lighter weight heifers primarily sold 20c
cheaper to average 198c/kg. The usual buying group operated in the feeder steer market. The bulk of the medium steers increased 26c to
average 298c/kg. There was steady demand for heifers suitable to feed on, with the lighter weights making from 210c to 282c/kg. Medium
weight feed heifers sold 2c dearer, receiving from 240c to 298c/kg.
Grown steers and bullocks were in short supply. The C3 and C4 steers and bullocks sold from 272c to 313c/kg. The cow market sold to
stronger competition over all mixed quality categories. Heavy cows appealed to a large group of buyers, resulting in a price lift of 2c to average
223c/kg. The D2 and D3 cows sold to spirited bidding, making from 138c to 226c/kg. Cows to turnout sold to a large group of store buyers,
making from 139c to 229c/kg.