Report Date: 12th May 2022
Total Yarding: 988
The numbers increased by more than double. There was a fair supply of young cattle, however grown cattle and cows made up the bulk of the penning. The quality of the offering was fair to good with some well bred lines of young cattle available. There was plenty of condition on offer, particularly through the older steers, heifers and cows. The increased supply brought with it an increase in buyers who operated throughout. The big rain in the North putting pressure on supply brought about the return of 2 major processors after a long absence.
There were varying trends through the young cattle with restocker activity high on the lighter end of the vealer steers selling to a dearer trend, while the heavier weights were cheaper. The increased competition saw medium and heavy weight yearling steers sell to dearer trends. A very mixed quality penning of yearling heifers sold to cheaper trends, some significant falls shown.
Heavy weight grown steers attracted competition from processors and also bullock fatteners. Market trends were dearer as a result. Well finished grown heifers sold to cheaper trends despite extra competition. The cow market also experienced a cheaper trend,. The increased competition however was reflected in the bull market where demand was high. The market for heavy weight bulls was significantly dearer.
Market reporter; James Armitage.