Finley cattle sale:
It was another big yarding at Finley last Wednesday, with more than 1000 offered as feed and water conditions in the area rapidly deplete.
While there was still some very good steers off grain, the bulk of the yarding reflected the tough season and quality overall was plainer than a fortnight ago.
Supplies of heavy export steers and good beef cows were limited, while there was an influx of young calves and Friesian steers as many producers are forced to destock.
The market was cheaper by 5c to 15c/kg for most classes of cattle to processors and feedlots, while store calves suffered severe discounting as orders shut down.
There were some impressive Limousin cattle off grain that displayed excellent muscling and these sold from 305c to a top of 337c/kg liveweight for two steers which weighed 400kg.
Bidding was much more subdued across the plainer grassfed steers and heifers which varied from 220c to 280c/kg to a mix of processing and feedlot orders.
Several lines of young and lightweight beef calves, weighing from 150kg to 250kg liveweight, drew bids from 180c to 250c/kg.
Small Friesian steers were discounted down to between 40c and 100c/kg liveweight.
The best of the heavy steers off grain made from 280c to 292c/kg over a limited run.
Only a few heavy beef cows with condition were offered, the best selling to 215c/kg.
Most of the cows were plainer types reflecting the season, with Friesian and Jersey dairy cows accounting for a reasonable percentage of the offering.