Strong demand across the board at weekly cattle sale
CATTLE numbers were up 139 to 1783 for the weekly sale at Casino Saleyards yesterday.
About 1300 were young cattle.
In a reflection of good seasonal conditions the majority of the vealers fell into the medium and heavy-weight classes. There were very few good-quality light-weight vealers suitable for processors.
The overall quality of the stock was good, however there were some plainer young cattle penned.
There was a full field of buyers, resulting in strong competition for stock.
Market trends for vealers to the trade were generally firm, with odd sales 1-2c/kg either side.
C-muscle medium-weight vealers to the trade made 290-323c/kg. Heavy vealers made 283-316c/kg and 3-score butcher shop vealers made to 326c/kg.
Restocker steer vealers remained firm, selling 302-356c/kg, while heifers sold to 320c/kg.
Yearling steers to restock and feed sold firm to slightly dearer for the medium and heavy weights. A line of plain condition light-weight yearling steers attracted keen restocker demand, selling from 270-354c/kg.
A good-quality penning of heavy grown steers sold from 258-274c/kg and up to 9c/kg dearer.
The cow market was mainly firm, however an improvement in quality and yield potential would have contributed to a slight fall in carcase prices.