Condition drops steadily
NUMBERS remained virtually unchanged and apart from a few well-presented pens the remainder were not up to the standard of the previous week.
A fair panel of buyers was present however feeder operators were selective in their purchases.
Most of the young cattle sold to feeder operators with only a handful to restockers or the trade.
Light weight yearling steers to feed experienced strong competition.
However medium weights were 7c to 12c/kg cheaper.
A lift in the number and quality of the heavy weight yearling steers to feed increased average prices.
Light weight yearling heifers to feed or the trade averaged 10c/kg dearer.
A larger better quality line-up of heavy grown steers and bullocks sold to a market 3c/kg dearer.
Cows also experienced some improvements of 1c to 4c/kg.
A few steer calves returned to the paddock at an average of 332c while some lesser quality mixed sex calves averaged 270c/kg.
Light weight yearling steers to feed made to 312.2c, to average 308c/kg.
Yearling steers in the 280-330kg range to feed made to 314.2c, to average 302c, while the medium weights sold to a similar amount and averaged 305c/kg.
Heavy yearling steers to feed made to 290.2c to average 284c/kg.
Light weight yearling heifers sold in the 270c range with the occasional few to restockers reaching 294.2c/kg.
Heavy weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 257c and some to the trade made to 267.2c to average close to 260c/kg.
Heavy grown steers and bullocks averaged close to 268c with a few pens reaching 272.2c/kg.
Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 183c/kg.
Good heavy cows made to 216.2c to average 208c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 285.2c/kg.
AGENTS Boyd, O’Brien Bartholomew reported a yarding of 450 head at Moreton on Tuesday.
The market eased slightly for most descriptions, all buyers were present but due to drier conditions they were operating under limits.
Charolais x yearling heifers account Terry Ward sold for 281.2 c/kg weighing 255kg to return $717.
Des Hodgson sold Euro x yearling steers for 287.2 c/kg weighing 279 kg to return $802.
D’master x pasture heifers account Avocavale sold for 282.2 c/kg weighing 355 kg to return $1001.
Neal Loveday sold d’master pasture steers for 283.2 c/kg weighing 435kg to return $1231.
Pasture ox account A&P Elsley sold for 268.2 c/kg weighing 555kg to return $1488.
B&C Smith sold charolais x pasture ox for 263.2 c/kg weighing 537kg to return $1413.
G&S Drynan sold d’master x feeder steers for 283.2 c/kg weighing 409kg to return $1158.
Feeder heifers account G&S Drynan sold for 269.2 c/kg weighing 371kg to return $998.
R&H Dann sold Greyman x medium cows for 204.2 c/kg weighing 640kg to return $1306.
Loamside Nominees sold D’master x cross cows for 218.2 c/kg weighing 630kg to return $1374.
R Sticklen & J Lau sold charolais x bulls for 273.2 c/kg weighing 655kg to return $1789.
BURNETT Livestock and Realty’s meatworks and store sale on Monday saw a very mixed quality yarding of 1074 head.
The current dry season saw the better quality cattle sold to firm to dearer rates while the plainer types were cheaper.
Heavy bulls topped at 269c; not enough bullocks were yarded to quote; cows over 500kg topped at 231c; cows 400kg to 500kg topped at 208c; trade heifers over 400kg topped at 267c.
Mark Schofield, Childers sold Bazadaise cross cows for 231c/$1352.
EG&EJ Johnson, Biggenden sold Charbray cows for 228c/$1483.
GEE&IJ Dent, Gayndah sold Charbray cows for 228c/$1414.
Luke Dingle, Mt Perry sold Braham cross cows for 239c/$1172.
Feeder steers 400kg to 500kg sold to a top of 270c while steers 300kg to 400kg sold to 338c.
Steers 200kg to 300kg sold to 348c.
J&RC Harbison, Bundaberg sold two tooth Charbray steers for 275c/$1431.
M&M Allen, Mundubbera sold Brangus milk tooth steers for 272c/$1093.
Wieland Farms, Gin Gin sold milk tooth Droughtmaster steers for 291c-316c/$973-$877.
John Booth, Monduran sold Charbray weaner steers for 330c/$823.
Wajatryn Pastoral Co, Gayndah sold Droughtmaster weaner steers for 330c/$905.
RP Lamb, Childers sold Droughtmaster weaner steers for 336c/$631.
TS&CJ Bourke, Mundubbera sold Charolais cross weaner steers for 346c/$897.
Heifers 300kg to 400kg sold to a top of 272c. Heifers 200kg to 300kg topped at 316c.
Hayes Grazing, Mundubbera sold Santa cross milk tooth heifers for 262c/$1078.
P&MA Whitehouse, Gayndah sold milk tooth crossbred heifers for 267c/$1082.
G Mooney, Mt Perry sold milk tooth Charbray heifers for 272c/$1001.
Elmhirst Grazing, Mt Perry sold Santa heifers for 272c/$778.
BE&AM Gossner, Monduran sold Angus weaner heifers for 308c/$824.
LVB Trust, Booyal sold Brangus weaner heifers for 313c/$689.
Turner Brothers, Childers sold Droughtmaster weaner heifers for 316c/$635.
Cattle were drawn from Wandoan, Theodore, Eidsvold, Gin Gin, Lowmead, Monduran, Childers, Bundaberg, Miriam Vale, Yandaran, Mundubbera, Monto, Gayndah, Mt Perry, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Rosedale and all local areas.
The next Biggenden meatworks and store sale is Monday, September 18.
THERE was a yarding of 3911 head at the Roma Store sale, down 300 head on last week.
Quality was good and young cattle were plentiful as prices held firm, if not stronger, with supply and demand generating bids from all directions.
Fewer cattle off oats are being yarded as oats crops finish.
Mixed sex calves topped at 376.2c to average 316c/kg.
Weaner steers under 280kg back to the paddock made to a top of 374.2c to average 341c/kg.
Trade steers over 280kg to feed made to a top of 360.2 to average 306c/kg.
Heavy feeders steers over 400kg made to a top of 286.2c to average 270c/kg.
Weaner heifers back to the paddock under 280kg made to a top of 310.2c, to average 280c/kg.
Trade heifers to feed over 280kg made to a top of 300c, to average 256c/kg some returning to the paddock.
Young bulls under 400kg made to a top of 330c, to average 287c/kg.
Bulls over 600kg topped at a high price of 274.2c/kg.
THIS week’s yarding increased by 322 for a total of 1078 head.
The yarding consisted of a good supply of young cattle and a fair penning of grown cattle.
The offering of young cattle consisted of a large percentage of light weight yearling steers and heifers that went mainly to restockers and backgrounders, with only an odd sale going to the trade.
Quality varied with some good runs of well-bred cattle through the sale, along with several pens of cattle that were off crop or supplementary fed.
The market was firm to slightly dearer with light restocker yearling steers selling to a top of 344c/kg.
Feeder yearling steers sold to a top of 295c to average 274c/kg.
The odd trade yearling steers sold to 296c for heavy weights, and trade yearling heifers topped at 304c/kg.
Feeder heifers sold up to 284c, to average 260c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle was made up of a small penning of grown steers and heifers and a fair yarding of cows.
Quality varied with several pens of well finished cattle offered, however there was a fair percentage of plain quality cattle through the sale.
Grown steers sold to a top of 274c to average 260c, and heifers topped at 255c/kg.
The cow market was firm to 4c dearer with 3 score medium weights under 500kg averaging 202c and heavy cows selling to a top of 224c/kg.
Heavy bulls sold up to 289c/kg.
NUMBERS increased by over 1000 head and overall quality was fair to good.
A number of classes sold to a dearer market.
Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 16c better however heavy weight yearling steers to feed went against this trend to lose 10c to 14c/kg against the large improvement of the previous week.
Heavy grown steers and bullocks averaged 4c to 10c/kg dearer.
A good supply of cows lifted further in price to average 5c to 7c dearer against the improvements of 5c to 11c/kg of the previous sale.
Medium weight yearling steers made from 292.2c to 319.2c and averaged 310.8c/kg.
Medium weight yearling heifers to feed made from 257.2c to 285.2c, up 8c to average 266.7c/kg.
Grown steers in the 600-750kg range sold from 269.2c to 277.2c up 10c and averaging 275.6c with heavy grown heifers back 13c to average 197.1c/kg.
D4 Cows to processors made from 203.2c to 220.2c and heavy weights were up 7c and made 208.2c to 234.2c/kg.
Heavy bulls made to 282.2c/kg.
850 WERE yarded in Murgon on Tuesday with the market improving slightly in certain areas.
The continuing dry conditions are now defiantly taking a toll on the condition of cattle, and weight loss will only continue now until there is a break in the season.
Feeder numbers were in short supply with most of the store cattle yarded being weaner age animals.
Cattle were consigned from Mt Perry, Biggenden, Mundubbera, Gayndah, Yarraman, Nanango, Kingaroy and locally.
Heavy Bulls sold to $2330.00 and $2.50 c/kg.
Cows over 520 kg sold to $2.10 c/kg averaging $1.99 c/kg.
Cows in the 400 – 500 kg range averaged $2.01 c/kg for a top of $2.12 c/kg.
Lighter Cows under 400 kg sold to $1.85 c/kg.
Export type heifers topped at $2.57 c/kg and $1380.
400 kg Hereford steers sold to $2.72 c/kg for $1102.
Angus steers 465 kg returned $1210.
355 kg Charbray steers a/c K Cummings Coringa sold for $1010 and $2.84 c/kg.
373 kg Santa steers from L Wilson sold to $1020.00 at $2.73 c/kg.
Glenrock Farms sold 315 kg Angus cross steers for $1040 at $2.75 c/kg.
R& F Nichol Mt Perry sold a line of Charbray weaner steers for a top of $3.39 c/kg and $810.
257 kg Charolais cross weaner steers from A& E Grazing Byrnestown sold to $818 at $3.18 c/kg.
Droughtmaster cross heifers weighing 405 kg sold for $1042 and $2.57 c/kg.
305 kg Angus cross heifers sold to $2.70 c/kg returning $824.
226 kg Angus weaner heifers from Court & Ellerton sold to $3.09 c/kg for a $700 return.
Charolais cross weaner heifers weighing 226 kg sold to $689 at $3.02 c/kg.
Charbray weaner heifers from J& M Kinsella Manumbar sold to $3.00 c/kg for $650. Better quality weaner heifers sold mainly in the $2.70 - $2.90 c/kg bracket.