Cat­tle mar­ket im­proves with end of year in sight

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE - Bec Singh

GRA­ZIERS re­joiced as the cat­tle prices re­mained firm for an­other week.

The head of cat­tle in­creased from last week’s yard­ing with the to­tal reach­ing 679 for prime, and store sale in­creas­ing by 148 head.

The prices were firm across the board but heavy bulls and lo­cal trade heifers were the only ones to slightly de­crease in value.

While the cat­tle penned rose in num­bers there were no ma­jor ex­port pro­ces­sors and only two lo­cal pro­ces­sors in at­ten­dance.

Val­ues for slaugh­ter cat­tle were again steady but slightly higher for good-qual­ity store steers.

El­ders live­stock agent Kate Knowles said the mar­ket had lifted a bit with the wide­spread rain.

“Across the board the prices have been pretty firm but store cat­tle have come up, and the qual­ity re­flected the prices,” she said. “The head of cat­tle might drop a bit with Christ­mas but for live ex­port cat­tle the prices will con­tinue to rise.”

She said live ex­port cat­tle reached 360¢/kg last year and it would be in­ter­est­ing to see what the prices reach this year.

“You don’t know where the prices will be but I think we might get 340¢/kg,” she said.

Lo­cal trade steers im­proved 14¢/kg to last week’s sale but lo­cal trade heifers slipped 10¢/ kg for a top of 252¢/kg. Heavy bulls didn’t reach the top 270¢/ kg of pre­vi­ous weeks, fall­ing 8¢/kg.

Young store bulls main­tained value with light males top­ping 280¢/kg. Lo­cal trade cows im­proved by 10¢/kg.

Seven bran­gus good-qual­ity store steers gained 21¢/kg.

Good qual­ity store heifers hit al­most 300¢/kg, with the ma­jor­ity sold be­tween 230¢/kg and 240¢/kg.

Pic­ture: Bec Singh

A brah­man butcher heifer was one of two that sold for 201 c/kg.

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