Catch up with the lat­est fig­ures from this week’s cat­tle sales –

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Front Page -


Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 18

There was the one sale last week with a to­tal of 588 head sold.

Fol­low­ing the good rain, num­bers were down for this sale, how­ever prices were well above pre­vi­ous weeks.

Veal av­er­aged 310.4c/kg with an av­er­age weight of 237kg.

The veal mar­ket was topped by MJ & KF Boland with two head at $1140/head. AH & CO Arm­strong had the top cow price again, with four head at $1534.50/head.

Best price for the sale was a Yulgilbar bull at $2509.18.

Bul­locks avg 232.0c/kg, top 235.2c/kg; bulls avg 231.1c/kg, top 251.2c/kg; cows avg 205.0c/kg, top 229.2c/kg; cows and calves avg $1000/unit, top $1000/unit.

Heifers avg 262.4c/kg, top 265.2c/kg; steers avg 240.5c/kg, top 264.2c/kg; veal­ers avg 310.4c/kg, top 418.2c/kg; year­ling steers avg 297.3c/kg top 315.2c/kg.


An­other light yard­ing of 140 cat­tle were sold at the Lis­more Sa­le­yards on Tues­day. Prices rose again this week.

A good run of prime veal­ers sold from $3.06 to $3.24/kg for re­turns of $630 to $806.

Wean­ers are in de­mand, with most find­ing new homes in the New Eng­land and west­ern ar­eas.

Cross­bred steers weigh­ing 268kg sold for $3.48, $934; and heifers 225kg, $3.24/kg, $727.

The cows were mainly sec­ondary qual­ity but a stand­out drought­mas­ter cow sold for $2.32/kg, $1532.


There were only 185 cat­tle yarded at Grafton on Mon­day, re­ported Far­rell McCro­hon.

The mar­ket for bul­locks sold dearer, top­ping at 265c/kg. Cows sold firm on last week.

In the trade sec­tion, veal­ers to the pro­ces­sor sold dearer by up to 12c/kg to top at 316c/kg.

Re­stock­ers were strong on an­gus weaner steers, push­ing prices to 384c/kg.

IM Bai­ley bul­locks sold to 265c/kg, weigh­ing 695kg to re­turn $1836/hd.

Ramornie Sta­tion bul­locks sold to 258c/kg, weigh­ing 610kg to re­turn $1575/hd.

RC Child an­gus steers sold to 276c/kg, weigh­ing 425kg to re­turn $1165/hd.

Rachael Gold­ing cows sold to 220c/kg, weigh­ing 495kg to re­turn $1084/hd.

G & J Miller heavy bulls made 292c/kg, weigh­ing 755kg to re­turn $1821/hd.

May­brook veal­ers made 315c/kg, weigh­ing 280kg to re­turn $877/hd.

A D & K Short an­gus steer made 337c/kg to re­turn $878/hd.

David New­ton veal­ers made 310c/kg, weigh­ing 240kg to re­turn $740/hd.

Robert Gay veal­ers made 308c/kg, weigh­ing 240kg to re­turn $735/hd.

A Wing­field & Gil­lett an­gus steer made 352c/kg to re­turn $664/hd to re­stock­ers.

GW & JR Hay an­gus cross steers made 348c/kg to re­turn $582/hd to re­stock­ers.

Koukandowie bran­gus weaner steers made 330c/kg to re­turn $561/hd to re­stock­ers. Ray Dono­van Stock and Sta­tion Agent re­ported that not all ex­port pro­ces­sors op­er­ated in a fully firm mar­ket.

Veal­ers were in short sup­ply but jumped higher in price by 15c/kg.

Re­stock­ers were very ac­tive on all suit­able breeds, with light­weight an­gus weaner steers reach­ing 380c/kg. Sale high­lights in­cluded: Mrs MA Bourke sold an­gus bul­locks 250c/kg weigh­ing 735kg – $1837.50.

Leo J Carl­ton sold bran­gus bul­locks 255c/kg av­er­ag­ing 575kg – $1466.25.

Brad John­ston sold an­gus cross cow 221.2c/kg weigh­ing 600kg – $1327.20.

MF & KL McLennan sold an­gus cows 221.2c/kg av­er­ag­ing 565kg – $1249.78; also sold a bran­gus bull 239.2c/kg weigh­ing 585kg – $1399.32.

JP & JA Stokes sold charo­lais cross vealer steers 324.2c/kg weigh­ing 350kg – $1134.70.

Colin L Green sold an­gus cross vealer steers 326.2c/kg av­er­ag­ing 335kg – $1092.77.

Paul Van Den Berg sold an­gus vealer steers 366.2c/kg av­er­ag­ing 243kg – $889.87.

Brad Johston also sold here­ford cross vealer heifer 319.2c/kg weigh­ing 260kg – $829.92.

Michelle Cowan sold brah­man cross vealer steers 322.2c/kg av­er­ag­ing 248.3kg – $800.13.

RB & JE Barnier sold an­gus vealer steers 340c/kg av­er­ag­ing 300kg – $1020.

Rudy Sendl­hofer sold an­gus vealer steers 378.2c/kg av­er­ag­ing 180kg – $680.76.

T & K Child sold an­gus cross vealer steers 382.2c/kg av­er­ag­ing 204.3kg – $780.78.


Num­bers were down only slightly for a yard­ing of 904 head.

Young cat­tle made up the largest per­cent­age of the yard­ing, while there was a fair sup­ply of grown cat­tle.

Qual­ity of the young cat­tle was good with mainly well fin­ished two and three score year­lings of­fered.

There were also sev­eral runs of well-bred cat­tle through­out the sale that were keenly sought by feed­ers and back­grounders.

Com­pe­ti­tion was stronger as feeder steers sold up to 18c dearer, the medium weights av­er­aged 315c/kg.

Heavy feeder steers were up by 10c to av­er­age 295c/kg.

Feeder heifers also met a stronger mar­ket and sold to 292c and re­stock­ers to 323c/kg.

Trade year­ling heifers sold to 295c/kg.

The yard­ing of ex­port cat­tle con­sisted of an odd grown steer, and sev­eral lines of well fin­ished grown heifers, while cows were in lim­ited sup­ply. Qual­ity was good with pre­dom­i­nantly well fin­ished cat­tle of­fered.

Grown steers sold to 279c/kg.

The very good of­fer­ing of grown heifers were 10c dearer sell­ing to 274c/kg.

Most of the cows were medium and heavy three and four scores that were 7c dearer and sold from 219c to 235c/kg. Bulls topped at 267c/kg.



There was a sim­i­lar pen­ning of 1744 good qual­ity cat­tle this week.

Num­bers of veal­ers and year­ling steers re­mained sim­i­lar to last week, while there was a slight in­crease in heifer year­ling num­bers and a mod­est re­duc­tion of grown heifers and cows.

All the reg­u­lar op­er­a­tors were present and ac­tive.

The mar­ket for both steer and heifer veal­ers showed mostly dearer trends, lift­ing 5c to 10c/kg for both cat­e­gories.

Year­ling steers also sold to a firm to slightly dearer trend. Heifer year­lings re­ceived the best rise, jump­ing 10c/kg, ow­ing to in­creased com­pe­ti­tion from one op­er­a­tor.

This flowed through to some of the sec­ondary types.

The bet­ter grown steers sold to a firm trend, how­ever the plainer types sold to a cheaper trend of up to 10c/kg.

Grown heifers were dearer by up to 10c/kg.

There was no real change in the cow mar­ket, de­spite a slight de­crease in num­bers. Light cows were firm while the bet­ter con­di­tioned cows were only slightly dearer. Bulls were 10c to 15c/kg less.

Sheep and lambs

Agents penned a sim­i­lar number to last week – 3000 lambs – al­most half of which were new sea­son, plus 1500 head of grown sheep and dor­pers.

The qual­ity was gen­er­ally good, but a few plainer types were penned.

All reg­u­lar buy­ers were in at­ten­dance and op­er­at­ing. There was lim­ited re­stocker in­ter­est.

Light new sea­son lambs at­tracted some re­stocker in­ter­est, lead­ing to dearer prices of $10 to $15/head. New sea­son trade weights showed firm to dearer, while heavy weights were $10 to $15/head bet­ter.

Old sea­son trade lambs showed dearer prices of $15 and the heavy end was up to $9/head dearer.

Ewes were less ex­pen­sive in gen­eral, with qual­ity be­ing a fac­tor.

There were not enough old wethers to quote, how­ever the yard­ing did in­clude some lines of bet­ter young wethers go­ing to the trade.


There was an in­crease in sup­ply of 154 to 510, with light weight young cat­tle mak­ing up the bulk of the of­fer­ing.

De­spite a lack of con­di­tion in the ma­jor­ity of the young cat­tle, the over­all qual­ity was good.

There were min­i­mal num­bers of medium and heavy weight year­lings.

Among the grown cat­tle were some very good heifers and some high yield­ing cows. The usual pro­ces­sors were in at­ten­dance along with a strong gallery of re­stock­ers.

De­mand was very high and com­pe­ti­tion strong from re­stock­ers on the back of re­cent rain­fall.

Dearer trends were present through all classes of young cat­tle.

The light weight year­lings, both steers and heifers, saw prices im­prove by a sig­nif­i­cant amount. Weight and qual­ity vari­a­tions ac­counted for the large price gap in some classes.

The lim­ited sup­ply of medium and heavy weight year­lings also sold to dearer trends, how­ever the im­prove­ment was nowhere near as great as that of the light weights.

There were no heavy grown steers penned.

Well fin­ished grown heifers sold to a slightly dearer trend with an im­prove­ment in qual­ity also.

The cow mar­ket was strong with re­stock­ers ac­tive on a few plainer con­di­tion lots.

Well fin­ished cows to process sold to a dearer trend of up to 7c/kg.

There was also an im­prove­ment in qual­ity.

Heavy bulls re­mained firm.


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, but there was an im­prove­ment in qual­ity through the heavy weights that contributed to dearer prices.

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