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IAN Weir & Son report that 300 cattle were sold at the Lismore Saleyards on Tuesday. Prices for most classes improved by 10c/kg.
Prime medium and light vealers sold to meat processors, 310-330c/kg, but restockers outbid the meatworks on heavy vealers/weaners. Andrew Matthew’s angus cross steers sold for 320c/kg, $1060 and David Hunter’s blue roan steer returned $1071.
Good restocker demand is high on the back of recent rainfall and season prospects.
Steers weighing around 200kg generally sold from 335-350c/kg depending on quality for returns of $700.
A good yarding of cows and bulls sold to good competition. Heavy cows sold from 220-233c/kg for good returns of $1020 to $1211. The Gregory family’s angus bull returned $1991.
NUMBERS improved to 327 cattle at Grafton this week, reports Farrell McCrohon. Bullocks sold dearer, topping at 277c/kg; cows sold stronger to top at 230c/kg. Vealers to the processors sold to 322c/kg, which was dearer as well.
Restockers were once again very active throughout the yarding pushing heavy feeder steers to 305c/kg and weaner steers to 382c/kg.
Joe and Barbra Carlton bullocks sold to 271c/kg weighed 645kg to return $1743/hd. Phil Kennedy feeder steers sold to 295c/kg to return $1286/hd to feedlotters.
T J & L G Keough heavy heifers sold to 256c/kg weighed 575kg to return $1467/hd. Saro Pastoral cows sold to 227c/kg weighed 570kg to return $1290/hd.
Chapman Family cows sold to 228c/kg weighed 540kg to return $1221/hd. Scott Kroehnert heavy bull made 264c/kg weighed 680kg to return $1790/hd.
R J Ottoway angus steers made 330c/kg to return $1000/hd to restockers. Kahuna angus weaner steers made 342c/kg and returned $1030/hd to restockers.
Jill McGregor Angus weaner steers made 372c/kg to return $1083/hd to restockers. Trevor & Leanne Keough vealers made 322c/kg weighed 267kg to return $854/hd. Ellem Family angus weaner steers made 382c/kg to return $775/hd to restockers. LS Timms yearling heifers made 306c/kg weighed 280kg to return $850/hd. Cowper angus cross weaner steers made 332c/kg to return $991/hd to restockers. Adam Chapman vealers made 320c/kg weighed 255kg to return $811/hd. Lacey & Passlow angus cross weaner steers made 380c/kg and returned $867/hd.
Wednesday, October 18 THERE was one sale last week with a total of 967 head sold. Numbers were up on the previous week with prices still relatively strong. top steer price reached 450c/kg while the top veal price got to 454.2c/kg.
Veal averaged 312.64c/kg with an average weight of 227kg. The veal market was topped by G & D Jarrett with one head sold for $1156.32.
MF & MJ Nicholls had the top cow price again, with one head at $1672. This was also the highest price for the sale.
Bullocks ave. 236c/kg, top 250.2c/kg; Bulls ave. 199.6c/kg, top 230.2c/kg.
Cows ave. 203.9c/kg, top 235.2c/kg; Cows & calves ave. $1046/unit, top $1240/unit. Heifers ave. 235.3c/kg, top 253.2c/kg: Steers ave. 271.9c/kg, top 450c/kg. Vealers ave. 312.6c/kg, top 454.2c/kg. Yearlings ave. 270.9c/kg top 285.2c/kg; Yearling steers ave. 295.7c/kg top 320c/kg.
IT WAS a slightly reduced penning of 2480 good quality cattle, 350 head less. Yearlings dominated the yarding with some very well-finished cattle coming on the market. There were only a few vealers penned, and there was a reduction in grown steers and heifers yarded and a very limited cow penning.
All the regular processors and feeders operated with a southern order on lines of plainer conditioned, but well-bred heifers.
Vealers were in short supply, and these were cheaper by up to 10c/kg. Steer yearlings were dearer for most categories, the light weights were 7-10c/kg better, while the medium grades were up by 10c/kg.
Yearling heifers saw a dearer trend of up to 17c/kg for the light drafts, with medium weight heifers up by 10c/kg better and heavy weights were also dearer by 17c/kg.
Grown steers were slightly cheaper, with the heifer portion back by 4c/kg. Limited cow numbers saw prices dearer.
THERE was a reduced penning with the numbers down by 500 head. Overall it was a good quality, well finished penning with yearlings well supplied. There were sufficient numbers of light weight young cattle to attract strong restocker competition. There was also a good supply of heavy grown steers, and a limited supply of cows.
Demand was solid through the young cattle with both restockers and feedlotters active. Market trends through the steer portion were firm to dearer with light weights significantly more expensive week-on-week.
Medium and heavy yearling steers to restock and feed were only marginally dearer. Yearling heifers saw a firm to easier market trend with light weights unaffected. The medium and heavy weight feeder heifers sold to a slightly easier trend.
Heavy grown steers sold on a firm to dearer market trend with some up by 5c/kg.
BEST: Chevalley Brothers of Ulmarra was Vendor of the Week at the Grafton sale, selling eight heifers. These two were representative, selling for 303.2c/kg at the average weight of 392.5kg to gross $1190.06/head.