Reduced yardings, sales cancelled, all due to the recent wet weather
A considerably smaller yarding due to current isolated storms across most eastern parts of the state resulted in Charters Towers Combined Selling Agents presenting 716 cattle, 669 fewer than last sale.
Prime cattle were of very mixed quality, with isolated pens of well-finished types and several small lines showing the effects of the season.
Two regular processors were absent, with the smaller prime offering shared between those in attendance, while one live exporter, opportunity feeder buyers and restockers competed for the store cattle.
Cattle were drawn from Julia Creek, Pentland, Ingham, Ayr, Woodstock, local and coastal areas.
Vealer steers were in short supply and the plainer offering met mixed demand selling at similar prices to last sale, topping at 359c/kg.
A smaller number of mixed quality yearling steers were generally 10c lower due to the offering, with feeder steers to live export selling to 287c and averaging 284c/kg.
Steers returning to grass sold to 317c for lighter types, with most selling from 274c to 295c/kg.
A very good quality line of grown steers met select competition, heavy steers above 400kg sold to 266c to live export, with feeder weights to 274c, and similar steers returned to grass for 258c/kg.
A small number of vealer heifers returning to grass averaged 10c lower, selling to 278c/kg, with one line failing to meet vendor’s reserve.
Yearling heifers were also in short supply, with very mixed quality generally lower and those returning to grass selling to 240c/kg.
A small number sold to live export, making to 274c/kg. Some good quality heavy grown heifers returning to grass sold to 264c, with feeder weights also destined for grass sold to 243c/kg.
A line of PTIC heifers also failed to meet vendor’s reserve.
A mixed offering of bullocks was generally 1c to 3c lower, with one good line of heavy C3 bullocks to slaughter topping at 259c, and lesser quality types to feed selling to 255c, to average 225c/kg.
Cows were of very mixed quality and weight, with only a small number of heavy slaughter cows.
Heavy C muscled 3 score cows lifted by 6c to make 212c, while D muscled types sold to 200c, to average 197c/kg.
Restockers were active on lighter cows lifting prices by 25c on last sale, to 190c, and light cows to slaughter sold to 155c/kg.
A small offering of bulls was also of mixed quality with heavy bulls to slaughter selling to 242c, and similar types to feed selling to 240c/kg.
Lighter bulls to restockers sold to 312c, to average 298c/kg.
A small number of cows and calves sold to $1110/unit.
No sale last week due to rain.
There was a small increase in numbers, however, further rain kept the numbers low. Young cattle made up the bulk of the offering.
Crop and supplementary-fed cattle were well supplied in both the young cattle and heavy grown steers.
Overall the quality was fair to good with some well-bred lines of young cattle suitable to restock and feed presented.
The condition of most of the crop and supplementary-fed cattle was suitable to the trade.
Restocker demand was high and competition strong for light-weight cattle.
The limited supply of weaner and yearling steers showed significant price improvement.
The medium and heavy yearling steers to restock and feed saw a firm to slightly dearer market trend, with the medium weights up to 8c/kg dearer.
Yearling heifers suitable to feed for the domestic trade market sold to dearer trends, improving by as much as 18c/kg.
There were few but quality related price changes for yearlings suitable to the trade.
Well-finished heavy grown steers, most of which were supplementary fed, sold to a slightly dearer trend with quality contributing.
Grown heifers were also slightly dearer. There was little change in the market trend for cows to process, however, there was an improvement in quality through the heavy weights that contributed to some dearer prices.
There was a yarding of 2276 cattle today at Roma Store, down 830 head on last week.
Equal numbers of heifers and steers were presented and 260 cows were penned.
Quality was generally good, not all buyers were in attendance, however, representatives were purchasing on behalf of the absent.
The rain has held the market strong as supply and demand has its way yet again.
Mixed sex calves less than 200kg made to 392c/kg.
Yearling steers made to 410c to average 338c/kg.
Yearling heifers made to 390c to average 306c/kg.
Trade steers made to 370c to average 297c and trade heifers made to 390c to average 306c/kg with some quality heifers heading back to the restockers.
Grown steers made to 276c to average 263c and grown heifers made to 290c to average 262c/kg.
Cows made to a top of 255c to average 226c/kg.
Light bulls topped at 342c to average 288c and heavy bulls made to 256c to average 240c/kg.