PHOTOGRAPHER Emma Hillier captures the atmosphere from the Wagga cattle market on Monday.
According to Leann Dax of Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service vendors sold 2900 cattle on Monday.
Numbers lifted in a fair to good quality offering.
The market was influenced by weak domestic processor competition over all categories.
The usual group of buyers were present however, some processors were not operating fully. In the trade market, yearling steers sold to fluctuating competition with buyers not prepared to chase the market.
The weaker demand resulted in a price correction 17c/kg.
Most sales ranged from 369c to 415c with a single isolated sale to 444c/kg for a pen of European steers. Heifers sold to weak competition easing 24c to average 371c/kg.
There was little change for feeder steers, 330 to 400kg selling from 392c to 425c/kg. Medium weight feed steers sold 9c cheaper to average 403c/kg.
Feeder heifers prices softened 10c/kg due in part to a reduced number of feeder orders. The main lines of feeder heifers averaged 386c/kg.
Despite a seasonal shortage of heavy cattle prices, weekend over all weight categories. The bulk of the C3 and C4 steers sold at 305c to 400c/kg.
Heavy heifers were well supplied, and a major supermarket keenly contested the younger portion. Heavy heifers over 500kg sold from 310c to 395c/kg.
In the cow market bidding was subdued. Heavy well finished cows eased 11c making from 284c to 315c/kg. The bulk of the leaner types sold up to 13c cheaper making from 255c to 295c/kg.
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