MARKET RE­PORTS: Prices from across north­ern New South Wales sa­le­yards

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -


PRICES im­proved again for the reg­u­lar sale on Wed­nes­day, where there were 1138 head sold.

Re­stocker in­ter­est was stronger, with lines of veal­ers head­ing to lo­cal pro­duc­ers as well as western NSW and Queens­land.

Vealer prices im­proved by 10c to 20c/kg and cows by about 10c/kg.

Best of the veal­ers made 318.2c/kg re­al­is­ing $1124.16 for Kelvin J & JD Gra­ham and a line of 10 year­ling steers sold by Mon­doro Pty Ltd for 280c/kg mak­ing $1092.

Barry Gosling sold the best of the steers for 290c/kg mak­ing $1881.50, while a line of four charo­lais-cross cows and calves made $1400 for War­ren Far­rah.

An im­proved steer market made for a good sale for Ray White Ru­ral on Fri­day, where 687 head were sold, with strong de­mand from lo­cal pro­duc­ers as well as other NSW and Queens­land buy­ers in at­ten­dance.

Best of the steers made to 332.2c/kg, sell­ing for $1407.36 for pro­ducer Gary W Hughes. The top cows and calves were a line of Bran­gus cross, re­al­is­ing $1460 for Peter & C Mar­shall.

A li­mousin bull made the top bull price for Kelvin J and JD Gra­ham of $3750.

The NRLX team started the process of scan­ning all cat­tle into the new live­stock ex­change tablet sys­tem as well as fol­low­ing the sale and scan­ning out split lots. The first im­ple­men­ta­tion ran very smooth at the Ray White Ru­ral Casino Store Sale on Fri­day.

Also in­tro­duced was lot iden­ti­fi­ca­tion by RFID when weigh­ing which means lots can be weighed in any or­der.

Over the past two weeks, scan­ning of NVDs has been im­ple­mented, en­abling a digi­tised copy of all NVD’s to be held on file by NRLX.

These pro­cesses are re­plac­ing older man­ual pro­cesses at NRLX and are a vi­tal part of mod­ernising the fa­cil­ity, im­prov­ing com­pli­ance and trans­parency in the sale process while open­ing po­ten­tial new mar­kets for lo­cal pro­duc­ers.


190 cat­tle were of­fered yes­ter­day at Lis­more Sa­le­yards.

Cows again this week sold well, with most be­ing lighter weight.

These cows ranged 198 – 232 c/kg, $824 - $1152.

Plain con­di­tioned cows this week made from $352 – $788 and ranged from 110c – 188 c/kg.

Bulls this week topped at 238 c/kg.

The veal market again this week was good, with the heavy end of the veal to slaugh­ter re­al­is­ing up of 260 c/kg.

Light veal this week to slaugh­ter rang­ing from 224 – 244 c/kg de­pend­ing on qual­ity.

There was a big dif­fer­ence in price for steers calves com­pared to bull calves some­times up to 60c kilo so it pays to cas­trate all male calves.

The best of these steers calves made to 290 c/kg and ranged from 268 – 284 c/kg.

Plainer qual­ity veal this week made from 178 c – 246 c/kg.

Don’t for­get our Store Cat­tle Sale this Satur­day at Lis­more com­menc­ing at 10am.

Good lot of cat­tle on of­fer.


610 cat­tle yarded at Grafton. The market for bul­locks sold sig­nif­i­cantly dearer to see a top of 298c/kg with market sales mainly be­tween 280c/kg and 295c/kg. Cows sold a shade eas­ier and sold to a top of 250c/kg. Heavy ex­port heifers sold dearer to top at 277c/kg. Veal­ers to the pro­ces­sors sold to 262c/kg. Re­stock­ers were strong and paid up to 338c/kg for the top of the weaner angus steers.

RP&&NFEns­bey­bul locks sold to 290c/kg weighed 625kg to re­turn $1795.

JR&BA Carl­ton bul­lock s sold to 292c/kg weighed 735kg to re­turn $2133.

PK Ru­ral bul­locks sold to 290c/kg weighed 528kg to re­turn $1520.

Jon Keats bul­locks sold to 294c/kg weighed 655kg to re­turn $1920.

S M& ML Gray vealer steers sold to 285c/kg weighed 510kg to re­turn $1430.

DA Carl­ton& EstJI Carl­ton heifers sold to 277c/kg weighed 555kg to re­turn $1533.

Mark Gauci cows sold to 242c/kg weighed 580kg to re­turn $1401.

AD& BC an ale cows sold to 245c/kg weighed 608kg to re­turn $1470.

Arndilly Pas­toral Co cows sold to 240c/kg weighed 705kg to re­turn $1692.

J&FLBuch an an heavy bulls sold to 260c/kg weighed 853kg to re­turn $2210.

LC&DA Hughes veal­ers sold to 262c/kg weighed 285kg to re­turn $742.


NUM­BERS dou­bled and qual­ity lifted, par­tic­u­larly in the young cat­tle sec­tion, with feed­ers and back­grounders com­pet­ing strongly for the bet­ter bred cat­e­gories.

Again, there were sev­eral pens of grain as­sisted year­lings on of­fer.

The cow pen­ning in­creased slightly and saw trends de­crease de­spite all pro­ces­sors be­ing present.

There was an ex­tra pro­ces­sor af­ter an ab­sence, along with an ex­tra feed lot­ter.

Lim­ited wean­ers were on of­fer as op­posed to last week and these sold to sim­i­lar trends. A vari­a­tion in qual­ity saw some drafts of sec­ondary heifers sell 4c to 10c/kg back, how­ever most sold to dearer trends.

Heavy grown steers sold to trends of 16c bet­ter, as did heifers reach­ing 18c/kg dearer.

Cows ex­pe­ri­enced cheaper trends, with light 1 and 2 score cows 19c/kg back.

The bet­ter yield­ing heavy cows saw val­ues ease by 13c/kg. Bulls sold to cheaper trends of up to 17c/kg.


Num­bers con­tin­ued the up­ward trend fol­low­ing a few rain re­duced of­fer­ings. The pen­ning featured good lines of qual­ity year­lings and cows along­side quite a few at the other end of the spec­trum. Most mus­cle and con­di­tion scores were rep­re­sented, high­light­ing the vast dif­fer­ence in sea­sonal con­di­tions and man­age­ment prac­tices.

The full com­ple­ment of ex­port pro­ces­sors at­tended, how­ever there was lim­ited trade com­pe­ti­tion. Feed lot­ters were ac­tive, how­ever re­stocker ac­tiv­ity was some­what sub­dued fol­low­ing the strong pres­ence of the pre­vi­ous sale.

Market trends were mostly cheaper through the young cat­tle.

Both breed and qual­ity con­trib­uted to some sig­nif­i­cant price change in places, both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive.


GREAT OF­FER­ING: Steve, Mary and Mark Gold­ing of Coal­dale were se­lected as the ven­dor of the week at the Grafton Prime Cat­tle Sale held on Tues­day. The ven­dors’ of­fer­ing of nine high-qual­ity bul­locks in­cluded two brah­man-cross, four angus and three drought­mas­ters. The of­fer­ing was sold in three lots and it was the brah­mans (pic­tured) that set the stan­dard, nar­rowly bet­ter­ing their coun­ter­parts to top the sale at 297.2c/kg. At the av­er­age weight of 712.5kg, these bul­locks grossed a healthy $2117.55/head for the Gold­ings. The of­fer­ing was sold by Ray Dono­van Stock and Sta­tion Agents.

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