The lat­est re­port from North­ern New South Wales yard­ings

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


AL­MOST 1000 cat­tle went through the scan­ner at the pop­u­lar Lis­more Sale on Satur­day.

400 steers sold on a much im­proved mar­ket with buy­ers from south­ern Queens­land and the Table­lands com­pet­ing with lo­cals.

Weaner an­gus, charo­lais and limousin steers 220–330kg sold from $2.80–$3.16/kg for healthy re­turns of $650–$1014.

Steers ready for the feed­lot 370–420kg sold in the $2.80–$2.88/kg range.

Plain in con­di­tion bos in­di­cus steers ranged from $2.35–$2.80, de­pend­ing on qual­ity.

Weaner heifers showed price im­prove­ment but not to the ex­tent of the steers, with most sell­ing from $2–$2.30/kg.

A tidy line of sim­men­tal cross heifers sold for $2.46/kg, $683.

Bran­gus heifers ready to join topped at $2.68/kg.

Cow and calves topped at $1640, with most young breed­ers sell­ing from $1300–$1500.

On Tues­day, 150 cat­tle were sold – only a small yard­ing but the qual­ity of veal­ers and cows showed im­prove­ment.

Meat op­er­a­tors and lo­cal butch­ers paid from $2.40–$2.65/kg for veal­ers weigh­ing 230–400kg.

Heavy cows sold from $2.20–$2.36/kg, with the Smith fam­ily’s friesian re­turn­ing a top of $1809.


PRICES were firm to slightly bet­ter for re­stocker veal­ers, where all cat­e­gories were yarded at NRLX for the reg­u­lar Wed­nes­day sale.

Best of the veal­ers sold to 338.2c/kg, with one head re­al­is­ing $1,446.48 for pro­ducer Owen Keep. Heifers topped at 262.2c/kg, with the best sold by Par­rish & Thomas for $1,161.90.

Ex­port cat­tle yarded con­sisted mainly of cows, where prices slipped by ap­prox­i­mately 15c/kg, with best cows mak­ing 262.2c/kg and mak­ing $2,115.72 for NSW DPI.

There were 27 bulls sold on the day, with the best mak­ing 246.2c/kg. The top price for the bulls was $3,297.08 and sold by Yulgilbar Part­ner­ship.

T&W McCor­mack and Ram­sey & Bul­mer held the store sale on Fri­day, Novem­ber 2, with a yard­ing of handy cat­tle on of­fer.

A large num­ber of cows and calves, as well as heifers, were pur­chased by lo­cal pro­duc­ers, with quite a few steers head­ing to Queens­land.

Best of the bulls was a sim­men­tal an­gus bull sell­ing for $7000 by the NSW DPI, go­ing to a lo­cal pro­ducer.

Heifer prices im­proved, where the top price was 302.2/kg for a pen of santa gertrudis cross heifers. Lo­cal pro­duc­ers, B & P and M & K Mor­gan, sold a pen of six bran­gus heifers for $1520.

NRLX will host two sales next week, with the reg­u­lar Wed­nes­day sale and Ge­orge & Fuhrmann store sale on Fri­day, Novem­ber 9.


393 cat­tle were yarded at Grafton on Tues­day, Novem­ber 6.

The mar­ket def­i­nitely kept its move­ment for grown cat­tle with bul­locks to the pro­ces­sor sell­ing to 288c/kg and cows sell­ing to 250c/kg.

Veal­ers to the pro­ces­sor of very good qual­ity topped at 265c/kg. Our next spe­cial store cat­tle sale is on Novem­ber 15. Your book­ings are in­vited and rec­om­mended.


■ Jack­son Green bul­locks sold to 285c/kg, weigh­ing 643kg to re­turn $1820/hd.

■ Billy John Cox bul­locks sold to 286c/kg, weigh­ing 700kg to re­turn $1990/hd.

■ A G & M E Dougherty bul­locks sold to 285c/kg, weigh­ing 555kg to re­turn $1582/hd.


THERE were 393 head yarded at Grafton Fat Cat­tle Sale on Novem­ber 6.

There was a re­duc­tion in num­bers this week in an over­all fair qual­ity yard­ing. Fol­low­ing some ex­tremely high tem­per­a­tures across the state, many other sell­ing cen­tres yarded large num­bers, putting pres­sure on the sup­ply chain, which was ev­i­dent in the mar­ket as most cat­e­gories sold to cheaper trends. Ex­port cat­tle were least af­fected with most sales 10c/kg cheaper, while re­stock­ers and veal fell by 20–30c/kg across the board.


VEN­DOR OF THE WEEK: The Os­born fam­ily of Bellin­gen was at this week’s Prime Cat­tle Sale in Grafton. The ven­dor sold a to­tal of eight cows, with the best be­ing a pen of three large-framed santa-cross cows that sold for 238c/kg at an av­er­age weight of 576.7kg to gross $1,372.47/head. David Far­rell of Far­rell McCro­hon Stock and Sta­tion Agents is pic­tured with four very quiet an­gus cows that grossed the ven­dor a fur­ther $1080.11/head.

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