Cattle yarding drops following recent rain

THE Warwick Cattle Sale was 570 head lighter this week, with light falls of rain leading to a 39% reduction in yarding.   The overall quality of the young cattle was generally good and heavy grown steers and bullocks were scarce while there was a fair sample of cows penned.   Buyer attendance across the young cattle section was good and included extra restocker buyers and the trend of additional exporters competing in the market continued.   Restockers battled against feeder operators across most classes of young cattle and prices were noticeably dearer with increases of 30c/kg in places.   Butchers and wholesalers also lifted prices on suitable slaughter lines of yearling steers and heifers.   Export slaughter lines also improved in price, with cows gaining a further 6c to 8c/kg.   A fair sample of vealer heifers sold to local and southern processors at 291c, with some to local butchers reaching 311.2c/kg.   Light weight yearling steers to feed and restockers averaged 311c and 314c respectively, with a few pens reaching 327.2c/kg.   Medium weights to feed mostly sold around 313c, with some to 324.2c/kg.   Light weight yearling heifers to slaughter restockers and feed consistently sold in the 280c range with some to 297.2c/kg.   The better end of the medium weights to feed averaged 295c and local trade lines averaged 288c and made to 312.2c/kg.   A handful of heavy grown steers and bullocks made to 295c to average in the high 280c/kg range.   Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 222c and 3 scores returned 240c/kg.   Good heavy cows made to an isolated 280c, with most around 263c/kg.   Heavy bulls made to 296.2c/kg.