Prices firm across CQ saleyards this week –
THE meatworks market held firm to dearer last Friday at the Gracemere CQLX saleyards.
With good quality lines of store cattle meeting with strong competition across all descriptions the overall market was firm to dearer on last week’s rates.
A yarding of 2238 head were presented, comprising of 909 steers, 853 heifers, 413 cows, 49 x 49 cows and calves and 14 bulls.
Cattle were drawn from Collinsville and Bowen in the north, Miriam Vale in the south and local areas in between.
Steers to slaughter topped 276.2 c/kg averaging 260.2c/kg to a firm market.
Steers 400 to 500kg topped 284.2c/kg averaging 273.4c/kg while the 300 to 400kg steers topped 332.2c/kg to average 293.8 c/kg with a +10 change in the market.
Steers 200 to 300kg topped 374.2c/kg to average 339.5c/kg with a +21 change in the market.
Steers under 200kg topped 366.2c/kg to average 346.2c/kg.
Cows to slaughter topped 232.2c/kg averaging 201.1c/kg with a +6 change in the market.
Cows 400 to 450kg topped 238.2c/kg to average 191.9c/kg.
Cows 320 to 400kg topped 236.2c/kg averaging 182.9c/kg with a -13 change in the market.
No quote was available for smaller cows.
Heavy heifers topped 276.2c/kg to average 263.3c/kg.
Cows 300 to 400kg topped 326.2c/kg to average 259.5c/kg with a +15 change in the market.
Cows 200 to 300kg topped 308.2c/kg to average 269.4c/kg with a +5 change in the market.
Cows under 200kg topped 310.2c/kg to average 277.3c/kg.
Cows and calves topped $1300 to average $1150.
Bulls over 600kg topped 223.2c/kg to average 209.2c/kg.
Bulls 450kg to 600kg topped 395.2c/kg to average 222.3c/kg.
Smaller bulls topped 338.2c/kg to average 280.8 c/kg.
THE Emerald combined cattle sale last week saw a good quality yarding of just over 1500 head offered.
Most of the cattle were drawn from the local area with the addition of a large single vendor offering of weaners from the Jericho area.
The market realised a dearer trend across all descriptions with young weaner cattle seeing the biggest gains, driven by strong demand from local restockers.
Like other selling centres this week prime cattle met with a stronger market with a full panel of buyers present and operating.
Bullocks over 550kgs were in short supply and topped at 259.2c/kg to average 253c/kg.
Heavy feeder weight steers 400-500 kgs topped at 279.2c/kg to average 273c/kg and +18c/kg dearer on average.
A large supply of quality weaner steers were offered reaching a top of 387.2c/kg while steers 200-280kgs averaged 349c/kg and +15c/kg dearer.
Prime heavy cows over 520 kgs in short supply topped at 215.2c/kg and averaged 203c/kg to be +4c/kg dearer compared to last sale.
A large offering of heavy heifers over 400kgs topped at 269.2c/kg selling to a feedlot operator, with heavy heifers averaging 260c/kg.
Heifers 350-400 kgs reached 269.2c/kg to average 262c/kg and +20c/kg dearer.
Weaner heifers reached a healthy top of 315.2c/kg with heifers 200-280 kgs averaging 286c/kg and +22c/kg dearer.
Cows and calves topped at $1210/unit.
CHARTERS Towers Combined Agents yarded a total of 1483 cattle consisting of 488 prime cattle and 995 store cattle last week.
The prime cattle consisted of 141 bullocks, 18 heifers, 249 cows and 80 bulls. Store cattle yarded 780 steers, 195 heifers, 0 cows and 20 cows and calves.
Prime cattle comprised of a lesser quality yarding with fewer good finished bullocks presented and only pockets of well finished cows yarded.
The yarding was drawn from Normanton, Croydon, Georgetown, Mt Surprise, Malanda, Einasleigh, Kidston, Hughenden, Torrens Creek, Greenvale, local and coastal areas.
Bullocks were quoted two to four cents dearer, heifers were one to three cents easier, and cows under 400kg were two to six cents easier on last week’s rates, while heavy cows over 400kg were two to four cents dearer.
Bulls over 400kg sold to cheaper rates of four to six cents selling to 239.2c/kg to average 230c/kg.
622 weaner bulls from mostly three properties in North Queensland dominated the 995 feeder cattle yarded.
Mostly in the 200kg to 320kg range, the weaner bulls sold to a top of 338.2c/kg to average 299c/kg.
A LARGER number of mixed quality cattle generally sold to a firm market with most classes receiving only quality related price changes.
A fair panel of buyers was present and operating in the young cattle section and included the usual feed and trade buyers plus some restockers.
Despite some additional export processor support on the heavy grown steers and bullocks prices generally remained very close to the previous sale.
The relatively small selection of cows also sold to within a few cents of the previous week.
Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to 328.2c with most close to 306c/kg.
Yearling steers in the 280-330kg range to feed made to 315.2c to average 294c/kg.
A good sample of medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 296c and made to 215.2c/kg.
Heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged in the early 270c/kg range and made to 288.2c/kg.
Light weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 268c while those returning to the paddock made to 298.2c to average 286c/kg.
Medium weight yearling heifers to the trade made to 280.2c to average 268c and heavy weights to the trade averaged 267c/kg.
Heavy grown steers to export slaughter averaged 268c and bullocks made to 278.2c to average 269c/kg.
Medium weight 2 score cows average 181c and made to 190c/kg.
Good heavy cows averaged close to 210c and made to 224.2c/kg some returning $2085/head.
Heavy bulls made to 270.2c/kg.
THERE was a yarding of 214 head at the Roma Prime Sale last week, down 330 head on last week. Quality was good with majority of the yarding fat cows to slaughter.
The yarding was made up of 77 bullocks, 111 cows, 16 yearlings and 39 bulls.
All buyers were in attendance and operating.
Yearling steers made to a top of 222.2c and yearling heifers made to a top of 226c/kg.
Light weight steers under 500kg made to a top of 250c to average 235c/kg.