Rain dampens supply at sale
ISOLATED falls of rain in parts of the supply area resulted in a small reduction in supply at Warwick's Cattle Sale today. Young cattle continued to receive very strong buyer support from restockers and feeder operators, however calves and vealer heifers to the trade lost ground in value by up to 15c/kg from the high values experienced the previous weeks. Not all the usual export buyers were present and heavy steers and bullocks lost around 7c/kg. Nevertheless despite the reduced buying panel in the cow section prices were generally unchanged. Calves to the trade averaged 15c less at close to 223c while those returning to the paddock made to 286.2c to average 249c/kg. A large sample of vealer steers also returned to the paddock to average 256c with a few pens reaching 283.2c/kg. Vealer heifers to local and southern processors averaged 15c cheaper at 216c with sales to 238.2c, and heavy grades to local butchers experienced very little change to reach 229.2c/kg. A fair sample of medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 220c and made to 239.2c, and a good supply of heavy classes averaged close to 202c and made to 210.2c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 210c, while slaughter grades averaged 216c the occasional heavy grade reaching 240c/kg. A small sample of heavy steers to export slaughter averaged 190c and a fair sample of bullocks averaged 187c and sold to 193.6c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 129c and 3 scores 146c/kg. Good heavy cows made to 171.2c with most at 162c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 165c/kg.