Fin­ley cat­tle sale:

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

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.

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