Finley cattle sale:
Numbers remained at similar levels to the previous sale a fortnight ago at last Wednesday’s cattle sale.
There were 530 head of combined trade and exports and 92 cows penned at the Finley saleyards.
There was a large proportion of exceptionally good quality B muscled supplementary fed yearling steers and heifers, along with several top vealer calves.
A large showing of export and domestic buyers were present with several new faces and competition was extremely strong on the light and medium trade weighted grades which sold from 15c to 30c/kg dearer than the previous Finley sale. The vealers ranged from 315c to 362c/kg. The yearling steers B and C muscled made from 287c to 359c to average 325c/kg for the B muscled portion with the supplementary fed steers lifting the tone of the market.
The yearling heifers ranged from 270c to 347c with the 330-400kg heifers averaging 318c and the heavy C4 heifers averaging 280c/kg.
Restockers and feedlotters were quieter as the processors dominated, although the usual feedlot orders still operated.
The export prices were firm to a few cents dearer also but failed to have the sting of the trade cattle prices.
The 500-600kg steers ranged from 270c to 292c, while the 600kg plus bullocks made to 290c/kg. There were some well covered heavy Friesian steers that made to 254c/kg.
Very few dairy cows were offered and prices ranged from 218c to 232c/kg for the 520kg plus Friesians. The beef cows made from 220c to 245c/kg.