MARKET REPORTS: Prices from across northern New South Wales saleyards
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.