Numbers returnBY Wednesday, national throughput at National Livestock Reporting Service-reported saleyards had lifted 78 per cent to 52,241 head, on the back of a resumption of a full trading week following last week’s public holiday.
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Throughput in Queensland lifted 38pc to 12,086 head, with the return of both Toowoomba sales and Roma Store lifting 700 head.

Numbers in NSW more than doubled to 21,745 head, with the return of Forbes, Tamworth and Wagga. Victorian cattle supply almost doubled to 13,641 head, with Ballarat and the Monday Pakenham sale returning and all other saleyards recording increased or steady throughput.

Yardings in South Australia doubled to 2535 head, while Western Australia eased slightly to 2019 head. Tasmania yarded 215 head, up 100 head week-on-week.

Feeder demand remainsLotfeeders continued to be the major yearling buyers at Warwick and lines experienced quality related price variations, while restockers showed strong interest in well-bred yearling steers.

At Roma Store, good numbers from the south-west and several consignments from the central-west parts of the state were yarded and prices remained high, trending either side of firm.

Feeder buyers, with some from northern NSW, dominated most yearling lines and pushed prices dearer at Wagga. Heavy grown steers were also keenly sought by lotfeeders and export processors and a SA processor drove the cow marker higher.

There was an increased number of heavy yearlings, suitable for the trade and feeder buyers, at Wodonga and interstate lotfeeders, joining the usual panel of buyers, drove prices dearer.

Prices edge higherAt the close of Tuesday’s markets, the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator was up 3.75¢ week-on-week, finishing at 451.25¢/kg cwt. Trade steers eased 6¢ on last week, averaging 230¢, while medium steers improved 1¢, averaging 217¢/kg.

Feeder steers were firm, averaging 247¢, while heavy steers improved 8¢, finishing at 237¢/kg. Medium cows averaged 197¢, up 6¢/kg week-on-week.

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