AT THE close of Monday’s market the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) finished at 450.50 cents, firm on where it finished on Friday, reports Meat and Livestock Australia.

Trade steers were unchanged on 233c while medium steers improved 1c to 222c a kilogram. Feeder steers and heavy steers were firm on 247c and 237c, respectively, while medium cows averaged 194c, back 1c/kg.

Numbers at Toowoomba Elders in Queensland declined 23 per cent to 1130 head. Quality was very mixed and additional supermarket competition joined the usual panel of export processor, feeder and restocker buyers.

Buyers were more selective on light weight yearlings and prices declined, however strong demand from lotfeeders and the trade pushed medium and heavy weights dearer. Medium C2 yearling steers onto feed improved 6c, averaging 251c, while the heifer portion eased 5c, averaging 236c and selling to 258c/kg. Medium grown steers onto feed were up 2c, averaging 229c, while heavy D4 cows were firm on 221c/kg.

Tamworth, NSW, yarded 2250 head, back 18pc week-on-week, and quality was generally good – however there was quite a spread of condition scores.

Restockers and feeders were active on light weight lines of yearlings but were mostly not willing to pay the same prices as last week. Medium and heavy yearlings and grown cattle saw greater support, with most lines averaging firm to dearer. Light weight (280-330kg) C2 yearling steers to restockers averaged 244c, back 6c week-on-week, and light weight heifer lines to feeder buyers averaged 225c, back 10c/kg. Light C3 grown heifers improved 3c, averaging 223c, and medium D3 cows improved 3c, averaging 197c and selling to a top of 215c/kg.

Consignments to Wagga Wagga, NSW, increased 14pc to 6975 head for another large yarding. Southern and northern feedlots competed strongly on secondary and well finished yearling steers and a northern export processor showed strong interest amongst the usual panel of export and domestic processor buyers.

Prices mostly averaged 5c/kg either side of firm compared to last week. The large supply of over 1000 head of heavy C2 yearling steers to feeder buyers eased 2c, averaging 242c, and the heifer portion eased 1c, averaging 225c/kg.

Heavy C3 grown steers to slaughter improved 3c, averaging 233c and selling to 244c, and grown heifers followed a similar trend, with heavy C4 lines up 1c, averaging 214c/kg. Cows mostly eased week-on-week, with heavy D3 lines back 5c, averaging 187c/kg.

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