Sale prices fall up to 12c
CATTLE numbers increased by
61 head to 6835 at the Roma Store Sale. Cattle were drawn for a wide supply area including Alice Springs and overall quality of the yarding was reduced. A good panel of buyers was present and operating selectively. Medium weight yearling steers to feed experienced little change for the quality penned, however most other classes of steers sold to a cheaper trend, with decreases of 6c to 12c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers to restockers or background averaged 7c/kg less. Light weight cows eased in price, while the medium and heavy weights experienced little change.
Light weight yearling steers averaged approximately 280c, with some reaching
310.2c/kg. A fair sample of steers weighing 280-330kg sold to restockers up to 292c to average 284c/kg. Medium weights averaged 287c and made to 294.2c, while the lesser quality averaged
243c/kg. Heavy weights more than 400kg to feed sold from
270c to 278c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers reached
242.2c to average 228c, while the lesser quality lines averaged 197c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers sold up to 247c to average 244c, with those going to processors reaching 255c/kg.
Medium weight grown steers averaged 258c/kg. Light weight two-score cows averaged 185c, while the medium weights averaged
211c/kg. The best of the medium weights sold to
253.2c to average 243c/kg.
THERE was a yarding of 1221 head, which was an increase of 231 head. The yarding consisted of a larger supply of young cattle, while cows dominated the grown cattle section. The offering of young cattle consisted mainly of light yearlings, with a large percentage in very plain condition, although there were several runs of well-bred cattle through the sale. There was a few pens of well-finished supplementary fed yearlings offered that were suitable for the wholesale trade.
The market varied, which was in line with the quality of the young cattle offered. There was limited interest from feeder and backgrounder buyers, which had an impact on the overall prices. However, a couple of consignments of well-bred weaner steers met keen interest from local producers, who took advantage to acquire some steers, which helped push up prices for a top of 301c/kg. Light yearling steers sold to restockers and backgrounders for an average of 226c for a top of 267c/kg. Feeder steers were down by 10c, some sales more, selling to 298c for an average of 267c/kg. Trade yearling steers were slightly easier, selling to 298c, while the heifers sold to 328c to average 279c/kg. Feeder and restocker yearling heifers struggled to attract a lot of interest at times, resulting in a loss of 20c/kg, some sales more. Most sales ranged from 159c to 258c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle consisted mainly of cows, along with a small sample of grown steers and heifers. Grown steers sold to 302c and bullocks to 297c, while heifers topped at 274c/kg. The cow market varied considerable, once again in line with wide variation in condition and prices.
NUMBERS increased to 850 head over the scales, plus a large selection of light weight calves were sold at open auction. The usual panel of export buyers was present and operating, while some feeder orders were absent in the young cattle section. Light weight yearling steers to restockers sold close to firm, however yearling steers to feed for the domestic market could not maintain the levels of the previous week. A small sample of well-presented yearling steers and heifers for the local trade market attracted strong competition. A few pens of heavy grown steers and bullocks experienced very little change. Prices for cows varied with plain condition classes losing
9c/kg, while good heavy cows generally sold to firm demand.
Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 246c and made to
280.2c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 268c and made to
271.2c/kg. The occasional B-muscle steer with show-ring potential made to 316.2c, while a handful to the trade averaged 305c/kg. A few heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 285c and made to 295c, with the occasional heavy weight to the trade reaching 311.2c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers to restockers or background averaged 224c and made to
232.2c, and poor-quality lines averaged 171c/kg. Some very well-presented medium weight yearling heifers to the trade made to 310.2c to average
308c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers to the trade averaged 272c and made to
Heavy grown steers to export slaughter averaged
273c and a handful of young B-muscle bullocks averaged
309c/kg. The occasional B-muscle grown heifer made to 298.2c/kg. Medium weight two-cows averaged 205c and made to 220.2c/kg. The best of the medium weights made to 249.2c/kg. Good heavy cows made to 254.2c to average 247c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 268.2c/kg.
THE supply of stock reduced by 1500 head to 5428 at Dalby today. Overall quality was mixed, however a good sample of bullocks was included in the line-up. Medium weight yearling steers to feed eased 9c/kg, while the heavy weight yearling steers to feed experienced very little change in price. Heavy grown steers to export processors decreased 6c due to quality-related price changes, while a lift in the standard of the bullocks resulted in an increase of 4c/kg. Plain-condition cows averaged 14c/kg less than last week, while the better cows were only marginally cheaper.
BURNETT Livestock and Realty’s meatworks and store sale on Monday, September 24, had a yarding of 1215 head.
Bullocks more than 600kg sold to 290c. Trade bullocks
500kg-600kg sold to 294c, up
7c from last sale, and cows more than 500kg sold to
258c, up 21c. Cows
400-500kg sold to 245c, up
19c. Feeder steers 400-500kg sold to a top of 280c, up 6c, while steers 300-400kg sold to 277c, firm on last sale. Steers 200-300kg sold to
285c, down 3c on last fortnight. Heifers 300-400kg sold for 262c, up 12c, and heifers 200-300kg sold to
262c, up 30c.
EXPORT and feedlot types sold to very strong rates in Murgon on Tuesday, with agents yarding 650 head. Numbers were drawn from Mundubbera, Gayndah, Mt Perry, Biggenden, Kingaroy, Kilkivan and locally.
Heavy bulls topped at
260c/kg. Bullocks sold to
296c/kg. Heavy cows also sold to dearer rates, topping at 250c/kg.
Cows more than 500kg averaged 240c/kg. Cows
400-500kg sold to 243c/kg, averaging 210c/kg. Lighter cows less than 400kg sold to a top of 200c/kg.
CATTLE SALE: Rory and Michael Delaney from Childers with a pen of their two to six tooth brahman bullocks. The pen sold for 294.2c/kg.