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