Light rain reduces number of cattle
Roma Prime, August 21
LIGHT rainfall across the Maranoa region prevented the movement of some cattle. Despite the small numbers of prime cattle penned, a full panel of export processors were present and operating.
Medium weight grown steers sold to 188c and averaged 185c, while the few bullocks yarded made 182c/kg. Medium weight 3 score grown heifers made to 146c and averaged 137c and those with more cover reached 175c and averaged 166c, up 4c/kg. A small sample of heavy weight grown heifers reached 171c/kg. Medium weight 3 score cows hit 148c and averaged 132c, up 1c/kg. Medium weight 4 score cows topped at 156c and averaged 152c, up 2c, while heavy weight 4 score cows earned to 163c and averaged 158c, up 9c/kg.
Toowoomba Elders, August 25
THE large increase in supply contained a good mix of most classes. A full panel of export buyers competed in a much dearer market, pushed on by extra supermarket competition. The usual feeder and local trade operators were also present, along with some additional restocker buyers. Prices generally improved across the board, with gains of 10c to 20c/kg fairly common.
Restockers competed against the feeder operators on both yearling steers and heifers and prices improved accordingly. Heavy grown steers and bullocks to export slaughter averaged over 20c/kg dearer. The much dearer trend flowed onto the cows, with average prices 16c to 20c/kg better.
Calves to the trade averaged 168c, while a few returning to the paddock made to 202.2c and averaged 191c/kg. A couple of vealer steers sold to the local butcher trade at 213.2c and the best of the vealer heifers made to 195.2c/kg. Lightweight yearling steers to feed averaged 200c, while those returning to the paddock made to 209.2c, averaging 198c, and poor quality lines averaged 158c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to feed reach 211.2c, with most from 193c to 203c/kg. Lightweight yearling heifers to feed and restockers averaged 174c, with some to 185c/kg. The best of the medium weight yearling heifers to feed made to 187.2c and averaged 183c/kg.
Heavy grown steers and bullocks averaged over 200c, with some to 206.2c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 131c and made to 135.2c/kg. Good heavy cows reached 178.2c to average 174c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 191.2c/kg.
Warwick, August 26
THE supply of stock increased by 23% in response to the lift in prices experienced at the previous sale. A return to a full panel of export buyers lifted prices on heavy grown steers, bullocks and cows by 15c to 20c/kg. Feeder operators and butchers maintained a stronger trend on medium and heavy weight yearling steers and heifers. However, lightweight young cattle were slow to respond to the general improvement in the market, with restockers being very cautious.
Calves returning to the paddock made to 198.2c and averaged 167c/kg. The occasional vealer steer sold to the local butcher trade at 215.2c and the best of the vealer heifers reached 193.2c, with the largest number at 173c/kg. Lightweight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 185c, with sales to 203.2c/kg. Medium weights to feed averaged in the 190c range, with some to 210.2c/kg.
Medium weight yearling heifers to feed sold from 173c to 186c, with sales to 194.2c/kg. Local trade lines averaged 184c and made to 205c/kg.
Heavy grown steers and bullocks to export slaughter made to 209.2c, averaging 204c and 205c/kg, respectively. Lightweight plain condition cows to restockers averaged 120c, while the medium weight 2 scores to processors averaged 134c and made to 144.2c/kg. Good heavy cows averaged 172c and made to 184.2c/kg. Bulls experienced much stronger demand and sold to 215.2c/kg.
THE ISSUES: Senators Barry O'Sullivan and Brett Mason visited the Roma saleyards with councillors Scott Wason and Cameron O'Neil last week.