NRLX agents yarded a total of 1,243 head at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange prime sale today, Wednesday, February 23.
Young cattle were again well supplied, along with a good yarding of grown cattle. The yarding of young cattle consisted mainly of medium weight vealers, along with several pens of light yearlings.
Quality was good with several runs of well-bred steers and heifers suitable for restockers and backgrounders, however there was some cross bred cattle through the sale.
The largest percentage of young cattle were acquired by restockers, with very few going to process.
Competition was stronger with restrocker vealer steers selling 10c dearer ranging from 620c to 988c for well bred light weights, while the restocker vealer heifers experienced similar gains selling from 604c to 844c/kg.
Restocker and feeder yearling steers sold from 514c to 680c and the yearling heifers toped at 584c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle consisted of a good yarding of bullocks and steers, while there was a fair penning of grown heifers, and there was a very good yarding of cows.
The market improved for most cattle with bullocks and steers selling 8c to 10c dearer topping at 456c, while grown heifers sold to 480c/kg.
The cow market saw rises of 5c to 10c for medium weight cows for an average of 374c, while heavy cows were 15c to 20c dearer reaching a top price of 408.2c/kg. Restocker were active in the market with cows back to the paddock selling to 402c/kg.
The top priced heavy bull sold to 368c/kg.
Market reporter for NRLX, Doug Robson