Vealer steers reach 408c/kg, with heat increasing yarding numbers
The prevailing heatwave conditions reduced the supply of stock by 34%.
The overall quality continues to be mixed and most classes sold to a cheaper trend.
A fair panel of buyers was present and most were operating.
Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 9c/kg less, however light weight yearling heifers to feed or backgrounders experienced very little change in price.
Heavy grown steers to export slaughter lost 8c to 10c/kg.
Cows were also cheaper by 6c to 13c/kg, with the plain condition lines the least affected.
Steer calves returning to the paddock made to 416.2c, with mixed sex calves averaging 379c/kg.
Vealer heifers made to 358.2c to average 350c/kg.
Light weight yearling steers sold to restockers at an average of 359c, with sales to 382.2c/kg.
Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 343c and made to 366.2c, while the D muscle lines averaged 315c/kg.
A large sample of light weight yearling heifers averaged 337c and made to 354.2c/kg.
A handful of medium weight yearling heifers to trade averaged just less than 320c and made to 321.2c/kg.
Heavy grown steers to export slaughter mouthed milk and two tooth made to 299.2c, while the remainder of the four and six tooth classes averaged in the high 280c/kg range.
Medium weight two score cows averaged 223c and made to 225.2c/kg.
A few heavy three scores made to 230.2c to average 228c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 247.2c/kg.
A good quality yarding of 2038 cattle at Sullivan Livestock’s sale on Monday saw the market ease due to continuing hot and dry conditions.
Cattle were drawn from Rosedale, Bundaberg, Biggenden, Aramara, Goomeri, Kilkivan, Woolooga, Kenilworth, Maleny and all local areas.
Droughtmaster-cross steers from R& S Gibbs, Widgee, sold for $3.33/kg ($1555).
Charbray steers from Chris Goscomb, Imbil, sold for $3.37/kg ($1520 and $1465). Their droughtmaster steers made $3.32/kg ($1455 and $1413), while their brangus steers sold for $3.26/kg ($1460 and $1418).
Quality No. 6 charbray steers from R& D Brooks, Cinnabar, sold for $3.39/kg ($1406 and $1356), while their droughtmaster brothers made $3.29/kg ($1412).
Linc and Tracey Davies, Mundubbera, sent down a quality line of charolais-cross and angus-cross steers No. 6s, selling to a top of $3.44/kg ($1521).
Charbray steers from David Gartshore, Langshaw, sold for $3.59/kg ($1210).
Droughtmaster steers from Biggenden sold for $3.51/kg ($1000 and $1014) and $3.61/kg ($930 and $905).
Droughtmaster-cross weaner steers from the Glasby family sold for $3.67/kg ($1066).
Droughtmaster steers from Jackson Mcdonald made $3.48/kg to return $1022 and $1016, while their lighters brothers sold for $3.51/kg ($944 & $928).
Charbray steers from H4 Pastoral Company, Cooroy, made $3.81/kg ($831).
Droughtmaster steers from Graham McFarlane, Bauple, sold for $3.87/kg ($844), while their charbrays made $3.71kg ($745).
Droughtmaster steers from Gary Tramacchi, Langshaw, sold for $3.67/kg to return $836.
Brangus steers from the Laherty family made $3.57/kg ($950).
Generally, better quality weiner steers sold from $3.40 to $3.71/kg.
Feeder heifers topped at $3.13/kg for red angus-cross heifers from Jackson Mcdonald, Theebine, to return $1241.
Generally, feeder heifers sold from $2.90 to $3.08/kg depending on quality and teeth.
Store yearling heifers topped at $3.35/kg for charbray heifers from the Baker family, Kia Ora, to return $886.
The next run of heifers sold from $2.85 to $3.12/kg.
Good-conditioned vealer heifers generally sold from $2.95 to $3.15/kg, store types depending on quality sold from $2.90 to $3.29/kg.
Droughtmaster cows and calves from John and Joan Falconer, Widgee, sold for $1640.
Brahman-cross cows and calves from the Hawkins family, Woolooga, made $1500.
Droughtmaster cows and calves from John Findlay sold for $1375.
The next sale will be a meatworks and store sale on Monday, February 27.
Agents Boyd O’Brien Bartholomew reported a yarding of 747 head of cattle at Moreton on Tuesday.
Quality overall was good and numbers were buoyed by the hot, dry conditions.
Values tended to ease for all descriptions in line with market conditions and other centres.
G& K Wenzel, Roadvale, sold euro-cross yearling heifers for 329.2c, weighing 213kg to return $702.
J& R Ruddock, Derrymore, sold limo-cross yearling steers for 380c, weighing 245kg to return $931.
Harrington family, Helidon, sold charbray pasture heifers for 311.2c, weighing 452kg to return $1408.
K& D Bullock, Beaudesert, sold charbray pasture steers for 325.2c, weighing 392kg to return $1276.
Droughtmaster pasture ox account C Zahnow, Roadvale, sold for 298.2c, weighing 626kg to return $1866.
Feeder heifers account B Neumann, Gatton, sold for 310.2c, weighing 320kg to return $992.
Charbray feeder steers account Shine Bros, Fernvale, sold for 324.2c, weighing 482kg to return $1564.
Beechmont Cattle Co sold droughtmaster feeder steers for 326.2c, weighing 345kg to return $1125.
Ninbah Pastoral Co, Beaudesert, sold brangus grain-assist heifers for 337.2c, weighing 430kg to return $1449.
P& F Eggleston, Toogoolawah, sold medium cows for 242.2c, weighing 573kg to return $1387.
Charolais cows account B& A McLoughlin sold for 253.2c, weighing 695kg to return $1759.
J& K Brady, Greenbank, sold a hereford bull for 269.2c, weighing 710kg to return $1911.
The recent onset of extreme hot weather has restricted the movement of stock, with numbers reducing significantly by 42%.
The overall quality of yearling steers was below the standard of the previous week.
A fair panel of buyers was in attendance, with several restockers looking on with intention.
Prices reduced by a further 10c to 12c/kg on the yearling steers, however a large part of this reduction was due to the quality presented.
Despite the seasonal outlook, light weight yearling heifers were in demand and regained some of the previous week’s losses.
A small sample of heavy grown steers experienced very little change, however all classes of cows continued to lose ground by a further 9c to 20c/kg.
A small sample of steer calves returned to the paddock at 401c, with some to 410c/kg.
Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to 400c, with a large sample averaging 373c/kg.
Medium weight yearling steers to feed made to 360c, to average 348c/kg.
Heavy weight yearling steers more than 400kg to feed made to 342.2c, with most in the low 330c/kg range.
Light weight yearling heifers to restockers made to 352c, with a large sample averaging 341c/kg.
Medium weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 315c and made to 333c/kg.
Heavy grown steers to export slaughter made to 302c, to average 301c/kg.
Medium weight two score cows averaged 206c and made to 220c/kg.
Good heavy cows made to the very occasional 248c, with most close to 239c/kg.
Heavy bulls made to 261c/kg.
Numbers were down by a little more than 400 for a yarding of 1267 head. Young cattle were well supplied, while there was a fair penning of grown cattle.
The yarding of young cattle consisted of a large number of light yearlings and vealers.
Quality of the young cattle was mixed, with several pens of well-bred cattle suitable for feeders and restockers, and there was only an odd pen of yearlings that went to trade.
The market was generally cheaper, with restocker vealer steers selling to a top of 408c/kg.
Restocker vealer steers went against the market trend to be 10c dearer, selling to a top of 370c/kg.
Medium weight feeder steers were firm to 4c cheaper, selling to 344c and averaging 334c, while those to restockers sold to 372c/kg.
Feeder and restocker yearling heifers were up to 20c cheaper to average 302c/kg.
The few trade yearling heifers sold to a top of 345c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle consisted of a few less-grown steers and heifers, while cows were in fair numbers, with quality mixed in a cheaper market.
The younger grown steers were less affected to be down by 10c selling to 317c, however heavy bullocks lost 20c to average 279c/kg.
Grown heifers sold to a top of 278c/kg.
The cow market was down 5c to 10c, with three score medium weights (less than 520kg) averaging 227c and heavy cows selling to a top of 244c/kg.
CQLX agents penned an increased yarding, with 450 head extra in a total of 3600 head.
As expected there was a mixed offering, however there were a lot of good quality cattle on offer but this could not prevent a correction in prices from last week.
The cattle were drawn from the local areas mostly, but also Nebo and Mackay in the north to Theodore in the south.
It is obvious from the condition of some lines that rainfall had been very patchy of late.
There was a full field of buyers present but competition was limited to those with feedlot space or suitable pasture paddocks to go to.
The best calves made to 403c and averaged 371c/kg.
There was an occasional sale as high as 401c in the vealer steers, but averages settled in the 340c to 358c/kg range for most.
The major runs of vealer heifers averaged from 307c to 312c/kg.
Most of the yearling steers averaged 320c to 331c/kg to feedlots.
Yearling heifers again mostly sold to feed and returned averages between 290c and 316c/kg.
Grown steers went to feed at 310c to 320c, with a few four scores going to processors for an average of 276c/kg.
Heavy cows had a reduced average of 237c, while heavy bulls went to processors at a 220.3c/kg average.
An average quality line-up of cows and calves made from $1220 to $1550/unit.