WEEKLY WRAP-UP: All the latest from the region’s cattle sales –
THERE were three sales last week, with 1910 head sold.
On Wednesday, 1439 head were sold. These averaged $817.92/head which was back on the previous Wednesday’s sale. The average weight was 287kg. Juanita Trustum topped the veal market, selling one head at $1452. S&M Noakes topped the cow market with one head sold at $1606.
George & Fuhrman held an EU dispersal sale on Thursday with 434 head sold with good numbers of cows and heifers. Prices were strong.
Ramsey & Bulmer held their bull sale on the Friday with 37 head sold. Top price on the day was $12,000.
Wednesday: Bullocks avg 182.6c/kg, top 188.2c/kg; bulls avg 248.4/kg, top 266.2/kg; cows avg 206.3/kg, top 234.2/kg; heifers avg 243.5/kg, top 255.2/kg; steers avg 273.8/kg, top 313.2/kg; vealer avg 335.4/kg, top 410.2/kg; yearlings avg 306.9/kg, top 388.2/kg; yearling heifers avg 325.7/kg, top 330.0/kg; yearling steers avg 277.1/kg , top 346.2/kg.
Thursday: Bulls avg $3300/head, top $7500/head; cows avg $1711.33/head, top $2020/head; cows calves avg $2467.78/head, top $2540/head; heifers avg $1358.01/head, top $1720/head; steers avg $911.15/head, top $1100/head.
Friday: Bulls avg $4848.48/head, top $12,000/head; heifers avg $3625/head, top $4000/head.
THE number of cattle yarded eased for a total of 705 head. The yarding consisted of a good supply of young cattle, however grown cattle numbers were down. The penning of young cattle consisted of a few more vealers and weaners, along with a good supply of yearlings.
Quality of the young cattle was fairly good with some good runs of well finished and well-bred steers and heifers through the sale.
The market was variable, although good quality and well-bred cattle continued to meet keen demand. Restocker vealer steers were slightly easier, selling to a top of 392c, while the heifer portion sold to a top of 364c/kg for light weights under 200kg.
Feeder and restocker yearling steers sold firm, from 300c to 365c/kg for feeder steers. Feeder and restocker yearling heifers varied in prices, depending on breed and weight, reaching a top price of 344c/kg. The few trade heifers topped at 325c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle saw numbers well down, especially cows, with quality and numbers well down on previous sales.
Grown steers sold to a top of 289c and heifers to 276c/kg. Heavy cows sold to a top of 228c, while 3 score cows averaged 220c/kg. The bull market was very strong with the top heavy bull selling to 304.2c/kg.
IN A similar yarding to last week, 620 mixed quality cattle were penned. There was a good offering of cows, weaners and yearling cattle, but a shortage of grown steers. Most of the regular buyers attended.
There was good restocker competition on most lines of weaners with producers buying before the end of the financial year.
Yearling steers showed an upward trend to be slightly dearer while yearling heifers were also dearer. Heavy cows were similar to last week, but lighter conditioned cows had an upward influence due to increased restocker activity. Heavy bulls remained firm.
ON TUESDAY 390 cattle were sold at Lismore Saleyards. Quality was mixed and the market showed a cheaper tendency.
Prime light and medium weight vealers sold to meat operators from $2.80 to $3.10/kg, on average 10c/kg below last week. Well bred weaner steers sold from $3.20 to $3.70/kg depending on weight and confirmation.
Cross bred and bos indicus weaners generally sold from $2.90 to $3.30/kg. The weaner heifers were mainly of plain quality and sold from $2.80 to $3.40/kg.
The cow market was a shade cheaper with the heavy weights $2.10 to $2.26/kg. An angus cow sold on account of the Gillies family returned $1538. Medium cows sold from $1.65 to $2/kg.
THERE were 784 cattle yarded at Grafton on Wednesday. A very good line-up of grown cattle was presented that saw bullocks sell dearer by 10c/kg, cows sold firm to dearer.
In the trade section vealer to the processors sold easier with most sales between 300c/kg and 315c/kg. Restockers were still strong on quality lines of British breed weaners.
Jikero Partnership bullocks sold to 282c/kg, weighed 540kg to return $1622/hd; JR and BA Carlton bullocks sold to 285c/kg, weighed 670c/kg to return $1844/hd; Department of Industries bullocks sold to 285c/kg, weighed 568kg to return $1615/hd.
RC Child feeder steers sold to 314c/kg, weighed 445kg to return $1389/hd.
Hanging Rock cows sold to 232c/kg, weighed 632kg to return $1440/hd.
Kevin Cowan heifers sold to 270c/kg, weighed 640kg to return $1697/hd.
Jikero Heifers sold to 277c/kg, weighed 463kg to return $1277/hd.
Heifer Station cows sold to 225c/kg, weighed 595kg to return $1339/hd.
Ramornie Station angus cross weaner steers sold to 378c/kg to return $996/hd to restockers.
Saro Pastoral angus weaner steers sold to 398c/kg to return $955/hd to restockers; CJ McGrath angus weaner steers sold to 410c/kg to return $1012/hd to restockers; IE and VA Preston angus weaner steers sold to 410c/kg to return $816/hd to restockers; GA and JM Miller angus weaner steers sold to 390c/kg to return $966/hd to restockers. RF Morgan angus steers sold to 434c/kg to return $950/hd to restockers.
SR and JV Taylor murray grey steers sold to 382c/kg to return $784/hd to restockers.
Ann McCabe of Seelands was selected as the Vendor of the Week at the Grafton Prime Cattle Sale on Tuesday. The vendor sold one heavy brangus cow and 11 “sappy” brahman-cross vealers off the improved pastures of her fertile Seelands property. The best of the offering were three vealer steers that sold for 336.2c/kg at an average weight of 250kg to gross $840.50/head. Pictured being paraded in the selling ring is a pen of six heifers, which sold to processors for $728.05/head. The offering was sold by Ray Donovan Stock and Station Agents.