Farmers rewarded for improved cows at Casino Saleyards
NUMBERS remained steady at 1755 for the weekly cattle sale at Casino Saleyards on Wednesday.
About 1300 young cattle were penned, comprising mainly medium weight vealers. There were reduced supplies of heavier weights and a few more lightweights.
The quality was mostly good, as was condition.
The market was erratic at times for vealers to the trade. Overall, though, the medium and heavyweights were firm to slightly cheaper. Medium weights sold for 287-329c/kg.
There were very few well-finished three-score vealers or yearlings suitable to the local butcher orders.
The increased number of lightweight trade vealers sold to a dearer trend, making 299-324c/kg.
Restocker activity was a bit subdued. Better quality C-muscle medium weights were down 3c/kg and heavyweights up to 13c/kg cheaper. Lightweight steers made 310-346c and medium weights 300-346c/kg. Plain quality lots received greater discounts.
There was a good selection of medium and heavyweight cows penned, showing an improvement in quality. The market trend was 1-2c/kg dearer, with the improved quality lifting averages a little more. Medium weight two-score cows made 192-217c, three and four-scores sold for 201-236c/kg, and heavyweight three and four-score cows fetched 222-244c/kg.
Heavy steers in limited numbers remained firm, selling to 274c/kg. There were more bulls penned, with heavyweights selling for 208-255c/kg.