08 Jul Wagga Saleyard Report – Cattle
Detailed Saleyard Report – Cattle
Market information provided by MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service
Wagga report date 08/07/2019 comparison date 01/07/2019
Despite rain across the supply area, numbers lifted significantly. Trade cattle were in short supply, with most supplementary fed or finished off
crop. This week good lines of quality store cattle aided a lift in price, with all buyers keen to acquire numbers. A seasonal shortage of heavy
cattle made it difficult for some processors to begin operating. There was over 700 cows penned and the market continued its impressive run
for well finished heavy types. Rain inspired a larger field of restockers and the general trend was dearer.
Domestic trade cattle were in limited supply and competition was solid. Trade steers were unchanged, making from 300c to 334c/kg. Domestic
processors struggled against strong feedlot demand to purchase heifers, the bulk averaging 274c/kg. Prices for light weight steers to
background gained 25c, making from 255c to 324c/kg. The lighter weight heifers back to the paddock sold 14c dearer, averaging 252c/kg. The
usual buying group operated in the feeder steer market, with strong competition over all weights and grades for a particular breed. The bulk of
the lighter steers weighing 330-400kg sold from 285c to 328c, while the heavier steers averaged 319c/kg. Demand for secondary heifers was
very strong for well-bred lines. Lighter weight feed heifers sold 3c dearer, receiving from 250c to 309c/kg.
There were a reduced supply of grown steers and bullocks offered, with some pen lots supplementary fed. Heavy steers made from 285c to
325c, while heavy bullocks topped at 320c/kg. The cow market sold to stronger bidding for cows carrying weight and finish. Heavy cows made
from 239c to 282c, lifting 14c/kg. The D2 and D3 cows received from 170c to 228c/kg.