By Stuart Sheldrake
THERE were 850 cattle yarded yesterday in a market that was fairly firm for all descriptions.
Good cows were firm to five cents dearer, lighter cows were fully firm.
There was a good run of heavy feeder cattle.
Steers were fully firm, heifers were slightly easier but still a good result.
Calves for the butchers were dearer by 10 cents, due to fewer numbers down the valley where they have had rain.
Lighter cattle were similar to last weeks rates, but fewer numbers.
There will probably be more calves come onto the market in coming weeks due to the dry.
But for some people rather than feeding a cow now, it is cheaper to feed a calf and get back into the market that way.
Rather than feeding a 500kg animal you are feeding a 100kg one, just more cost effective.