NUMBERS UP BEFORE BREAK
YARDING was up 313 on last week to 920.
With no sale for two weeks, numbers lifted by 51% and young cattle dominated the selling pens.
Buyer attendance was good, with representatives covering all slaughter and feeder classes and a few extra restocker buyers active. Prices for light weight young cattle generally improved by 3c to 12c/kg with stronger support from processors and restockers. Medium and heavy weight feeders generally met strong demand, while local trade descriptions increased in price. The small selection of heavy grown steers to export slaughter sold to a dearer trend. Cows experienced stronger demand to average 8c/kg dearer.
Calves to the trade averaged 151c while restocker lines averaged 162c and made to 180.2c/kg. Vealer steers to restockers made to 206.2c to average 10c dearer at close to 190c/kg. Vealer heifers improved 3c to average 161c, with some to butchers at 194.2c/kg. Lightweight yearling steers to feed and returning to the paddock made to 193.2c and averaged 181c/kg. Medium weights to feed and the trade averaged 182c and sold to 193.2c, while heavyweights to feed and the trade averaged 180c/kg.
Lightweight yearling heifers to feed averaged close to 160c, while those to processors averaged 151c and made to 163.2c/kg. Medium weights to the trade reached 177c, with a fair sample at 164c/kg.
Heavy grown steers made to 195.2c to average 187c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 114c and a good sample of 3 scores averaged 146c/kg. Good heavy cows made to a top of 174.2c and averaged 160c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 166.2c/kg.
THE yarding of 692 was up 192 on the previous week.
The two-week break in the selling program increased supply and, similar to other markets, young cattle were in the largest numbers. The usual export and feeder buyers were present and operating, along with a few extra restocker buyers. Prices for young cattle generally improved and restockers and processors displayed more interest. A handful of heavy grown steers to export slaughter improved 5c, however cows received the largest lift in price, with good heavy cows 12c/kg dearer.
Calves to restockers made to 200.2c and averaged close to 167c, while vealer steers also to restockers mostly sold around 174c/kg. A fair sample of vealer heifers sold to processors in a range from 150c to 167.2c/kg. Lightweight yearling steers to feed and restockers mostly sold in the early 180c range, with sales to 189.2c/kg. Medium weights to feed averaged 180c and a lift in the standard saw heavy weights average close to 190c to reach 192.2c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed were well supplied and buyers were able to absorb the increased numbers as well as lift prices by 5c to average 165c, with sales to 175.2c/kg. Local trade descriptions averaged close to 170c and also made to 175.2c/kg.
A handful of heavy grown steers averaged 195c and made to 200c/kg. Lightweight plain cows averaged 89c and medium weights averaged 104c/kg. A small number of good heavy cows averaged 171c and made to 178.2c/kg.
AGENTS yarded a combined 692 head. With the Easter break coming up overall numbers increased. Export cattle again had a lift in prices with cows receiving the most. Heavy steers and bullocks were sought after as were heavy feeder steers and heifers. Cows sold to 178.2c, heavy steers to 200.2c while 586kg heifers sold to 185.6c. Weaner steers to the paddock sold to 200.2c while weaner heifers sold to 167c. Full panel of buyers in attendance with good support from feeder operators and restockers.
Droughtmaster feeder steers 453kg sold for 186.2c, shorthorn cross heifers 710kg sold for 178.2c for $1265, angus/limo steers grain assisted sold for 200.2c 575kg for $1150, greyman steers 308kg from Djuan sold for 188.2c for $580. Charolais feeder steers ex Goondiwindi 343kg sold for 190.2c for $654, hereford feeder heifers 344kg sold for 158.2c for $544.
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April 9 report:
AGENTS reported a yarding of 4148, up 2410 from the previous week.
The trend of much larger numbers in response to the improved prices continued, with supply more than doubling the previous week’s level. The usual panel of export processor and feeder buyers were present and operating, however there was less restocker activity. Young lightweight yearling steers and heifers sold to very erratic competition to experience a large variation in price and in places reduced to pre-rain levels.
However medium and heavy weight yearling steers and heifers to feed and slaughter went against this trend. Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 12c better and the heavyweights improved 6c/kg.
Medium weight yearling heifers to feed lifted in price by 9c and heavyweights averaged 10c/kg dearer. The very small sample of heavy grown steers and bullocks was not up to the previous week’s standard and prices struggled to maintain a firm trend. Cows generally sold to a market 3c to 4c cheaper and up to 7c/kg in places.
A fair sample of calves sold to restockers at 166c with the occasional sale to 198.2c/kg. Vealer heifers lost 7c to average 150c and sold at 160c/kg.
Lightweight yearling steers to restockers varied in price from 151.2c to 227.2c to average 5c cheaper at 184c/kg. The largest number of medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 186c and sold to 205.2c while the heavyweights averaged 193c and sold to 195.2c/kg. Heavyweights to the trade mostly sold in the mid-180c/kg range.
The best of the lightweight yearling heifers made from 140c to 150c while the largest number of D muscle lines averaged 113c/kg.
Medium weight yearling heifers to feed were well supplied and buyers were able to absorb the large supply plus lift prices to 179.2c with most at 165c/kg. Heavy grown steers and bullocks averaged 181c and sold to 185.2c/kg. Lightweight plain cows averaged 79c and medium weights 96c/kg. Medium weight 2 scores averaged 119c and sold to129c/kg. Good heavy cows averaged 4c cheaper at 156c and sold to 165.2c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 182.2c/kg.
April 10 report:
A TOTAL yarding of 1000 head of cattle were penned.
Steers over 550kg sold to 190c/kg and averaged 183c/kg, while steers in the 400-550kg earned to 188c/kg and averaged 171c/kg. L Adams, Booringa Downs, Mitchell, sold brangus steers to 187c for 574kg to return $1074.
G and K Ladbrook, Bulah, Yuleba, sold brangus-cross steers to 185c for 590kg to return $1092. Heifers over 450kg sold to 171c/kg and averaged 161c/kg, while heifers in the 350-450kg sold to 168c/kg and averaged 154c/kg. R Fawckner and J Latham, Litani, Yuleba, sold charolais-cross heifers to 168c for 395kg to return $664.
The charolais-cross cows sold to 163c for 545kg to return $889. W and E Martyn, Canowindra, Roma, sold charolais-cross heifers to 167c for 570kg to return $953. The santa-cross cows sold to 165c for 582kg to return $961. R and B Mobbs, Wallambank, Bollon, sold simmental-cross heifers to 165c for 483kg to return $799. The simmental-cross cows sold to 163c for 678kg to return $1107. Grab Pastoral Co, Roma, sold charbray-cross heifers to 163c for 462kg to return $755. Cows over 500kg peaked at 169c/kg and averaged 155c/kg, while cows in the 400-500kg class topped at 164c/kg and averaged 140c/kg. Cows 300-400kg sold to 130c/kg and averaged 110c/kg.
Cytherea Pastoral Co, Strathdale, Mitchell, sold brahman cows to 169c for 570kg to return $965.
Tom Darlington, Wongabel, Surat, sold droughtmaster-cross cows to 167c for 689kg to return $1152. Clipcam, Sommeriva, Charleville, sold brahman-cross cows to 155c for 508kg to return $788.
W and M Bryant, Cytherea, Mitchell, sold simmental-cross cows to 154c for 565kg to return $872. Brett Southern, Neabul Downs, St George, sold brahman cows to 153c for 457kg to return $700. Bulls over 600kg topped at 183c/kg and averaged 171c/kg. Keddstock, Moongool, Yuleba, sold charolais bulls to 183c for 725kg to return $1328.
AGENTS yarded 533 cattle. Young cattle remained very firm as did good trade lines. Feeder cattle were the same to a little cheaper. All export sold to improved rates. Competition was very strong.
Yearling heifers account R and G Capner, Redland Bay sold for 151.2c weighing 265kg to return $400. Colthup Family Farm sold yearling steers to 154.2c weighing 225kg to return $346. D Turnbull sold pasture heifers for 177.2c weighing 685kg to return $1213. Pasture steers account J Little, Kilcoy sold for 186.2c weighing 530kg to return $986. C Smith sold pasture ox for 183.2c weighing 512kg to return $938. Grain assist heifers account Yooralla Pastoral Co. sold for 171.2c weighing 390kg to return $667.
April 9 report:
AGENTS yarded 944 lambs and hoggets, and 328 sheep at the weekly sale. Top lambs account NA and KL McKechnie of Forest Springs sold for $135 purchased by Westridge Meats, and Thomas Food Industries purchased stock of top accounts J McManus of Oak Park, Texas, and TJ and SJ Bourke of Lee Three, Meandarra.
In a smaller yarding of both sheep and lambs, the market was firm on last week’s rates. Quotations: crossbred lambs 46-55kg $95-$135, crossbred lambs 43-45kg $89-$128, crossbred lambs 36-42kg $82-$132, crossbred lambs 35-40kg $78-$103.
Crossbred hoggets 63kg to $94 (shorn).
AGENTS yarded 240 pigs with all pork and bacon selling to strong rates. Backfatter sows firm, all stores and weaners sold to dearer rates.
Quotations: prime pork $2.98-$3.14/kg, prime light bacon $2.90-$3.01/kg, prime bacon $2.75-$3/kg. Sows to $1.12/kg, forward stores $128-$161, weaners $54-$92.
AGENTS yarded 982 head. Only a handful of bullocks were yarded and all were good quality selling to a stronger market averaging 16c to 19c dearer. Cows also lifted in price with cows over 500kg topping at 153.2c and averaging two cents dearer, cows 400kg to 500kg were five cents dearer and light cows were 19c dearer. A very mixed line of trade heifers were yarded and averaged slightly cheaper while heavy bulls were 14c dearer.
Steers 300kg to 400kg sold stronger topping at 177.2c and averaged 18c dearer. Steers 200kg to 300kg also sold stronger topping at 180.2c to be 13c dearer and light steers under 200kg still struggled in places to average firm on a fortnight ago.
Heifers 300kg to 400kg topped at 160.2c to average slightly better than last sale. Heifers 200kg to 300kg also sold stronger topping at 156.2c to be nine cents dearer. While light heifers under 200kg also struggled in places they still averaged 11c dearer. 18 x 18 cows and calves were yarded and sold from $300 to $410.
Cattle were drawn from Chinchilla, Eidsvold, Mundubbera, Mt Perry, Gayndah, Windera, Woolooga, Gunalda, Yerra, Thinoomba, Maryborough, Howard, Childers, Bundaberg, Bucca, Rosedale, Lowmead, Miriam Vale, Gin Gin, Booyal and all local areas.
Brahman cross cows on account of KG and MA Jensen, Gin Gin sold for 146.2c or $709. MR and GL St Henry, Gaeta sold brahman cows for 145.2c or $784. Belmont cross cows on account of TW and RJ Hall, Goodwood topped at 143.2c or $715. Brangus cows on account of IC and DM Walker, Mt Perry topped at 153.2c or $798. Gracedieu Grazing, Lowmead sold brahman cows to top at 143.2c or $716. Braford cross cows on account of BJ Hinds, Ban Ban Springs sold for 148c or $895, while two tooth brahman cross heifers on account of BJ Hinds sold for 150c or $664.
STRONG SELLER: Burnett Livestock and Realty’s Paul Hastings with steers sold on account of GS andHMYoung, Eidsvold. These steers sold for 177.2c and averaged 349kg ($619 per head).