Vealer steers average 258c
THE yarding of 1840 head at the CQLX sale was down 780 head on last sale and was one of the plainest quality and lightest conditioned yardings seen for some time.
Cattle came from the local draw areas, along with several lines from as far north as Collinsville and Ayr.
A reasonable buying panel assembled, with live export buyers keen to purchase mostly bulls and steers.
Overall, values declined in line with the quality of stock on offer.
Mixed sex calves to restockers averaged 218c, with the male portion selling to a top of 258c/kg.
Light numbers of vealer steers averaged from 258–261c/kg.
Vealer heifers were also light in number, selling to average from 192–220c/kg.
The best bred heavy yearling steers to the trade made to 310c, with averages from 270–280c/kg being the order of the day.
Yearling heifers sold to a top of 270c for well-bred heavy pens to return averages from 220–240c/kg generally.
There were no four score bullocks or steers presented and score three steers sold to a top price of 309c/kg.
Averages were from 268–276c/kg.
Feeders paid to 268c for grown heifers, with averages from 226–240c/kg.
Prime, heavy four score cows topped at 238c to average 235c, with light conditioned, two score cows making to 207c/kg.
Heavy bulls reached 292c to average 278c/kg.
Several small pens of cows and calves made from $1000 to $1550/unit.
NUMBERS increased by 148 head to 1788 cattle for Charters Towers Combined Selling Agents, comprised of some well-finished lines of cows and a large consignment of young northern steers and heifers.
All processors were operating at firm to stronger rates on last sale, along with two live exporters, while backgrounders and restockers were active on many store lines.
Cattle were drawn from Mt Isa, Richmond, Mt Surprise, Greenvale, Malanda, Ingham, Ravenswood, local and coastal areas.
Several small lines of vealer steers sold up to 11c easier on last sale, topping at 272c to average 267c, with heavier types averaging near 272c/kg.
There were insufficient yearling steers to reliably quote.
An increased number of vealer heifers sold firm, with suitably weaned heifers returning to grass selling to 226c to average 223c, while heavier types to feed averaged 219c/kg.
Yearling heifers to live export sold to 244c, with some PTIC heifers returning to grass to 226c/kg.
A mixed offering of bullocks sold firm on last sale, topping at 300c for heavy export types, and plainer two scores sold to 295c to average close to 282c/kg.
Suitable bullocks to live export sold to 265c, easing 14c to average 226c/kg.
Grown steers to slaughter increased 6c to 13c, selling to 299c for heaviest types and 295c for medium weights to average 293c/kg.
Grown steers to live export sold to 290c to average 271c/kg.
A good supply of prime cows met strong demand throughout, however heavy three score cows eased 4c to average 221, with D muscled cows improving 12c to average 216c/kg.
An improved supply of better quality medium two score cows lifted more than 15c, selling to 202c to average 191c/kg. Light conditioned cows to feed sold from 157c to 178c/kg.
Grown heifers lifted 5c for better quality types, topping at 249c/kg.
A good supply of heavy bulls lifted 5c, mostly selling from 278–292c, with a large sample averaging 280c, with medium weights to feed destined for live export selling from 250–280c/kg.
Young males to restockers topped at 290c, to average 281c/kg.
VENDORS penned 2136 head at Emerald – a smaller yarding by 304 head than last week with some scattered showers in the region keeping some stock away and helping to improve prices for others.
Cattle were drawn from the local areas, along with a plain conditioned draft of well-bred spayed heifers and light conditioned cows from the Jericho district.
The usual buying panel was present and competition was strong for the better bred lines on offer.
Most of the variation in prices from last week’s sale were quality related.
Light vealer steers sold to restockers to top at 294c and averaged 278c/kg.
Vealer heifers reached 260c, averaging from 236–253c/kg.
The best of the heavy yearling steers sold to 307c, averaging from 290–301c, with the light descriptions easier, averaging from 273–286c/kg.
The run of light conditioned yearling heifers averaged 264c, while heavier, better conditioned runs returned averages from 260c for restockers, to 274c/kg for the best of those to processors.
The few four score bullocks on offer topped at 303c, averaging 301c/kg.
Grain assisted, four score grown heifers made to 295c, with those to feed averaging 262c/kg.
Heavy four score cows averaged 242c, with the best
A MIXED quality yarding of 2037 cattle at Sullivan Livestock Gympie Sale saw the market for quality remain very firm while plainer types were slightly cheaper.
Cattle were drawn from Gin Gin, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Aramara, Tansey, Bauple, Kilkivan, Woolooga, Maleny, Kenilworth, Eumundi and all local areas.
Heavy feeders sold well. Charbray steers from the Johnson Family, Maryborough, made $3.10 ($1329).
Droughtmaster steers from Amanda Christensen, Hervey Bay, made $3.07 ($1451).
Brangus steers from Mike Hoare, Widgee, made $3.01 ($1495 and$1443).
Brangus steers from Alf Walker, Bergins Pocket, made $3.11 ($1462).
Brangus steers from Bates Management, Goomboorian, made $3.11 ($1462).
Droughtmaster steers from Graham Thompson, Wolvi, made $3.05 to return $1238 and $1163.
Blonde cross steers from M and L Pratt, Gympie, made $3.14 to return $1381.
Droughtmaster steers from Tarangau Station, Coondoo, made $3.10 for $1367 and $1344.
Simmental cross steers from RW Rural made $3.08 ($1006).
Droughtmaster steers from Tansey made $3.35 ($1006).
Brangus steers from Graham and Kerry Scott, Coondoo, made $3.03 ($861).
Droughtmaster steers from Tony Erikson, Langshaw, made $3.13 ($636).
Droughtmaster cross steers from K and B Lacey, Lower Wonga, made $2.99 ($831).
Charbray steers from Dion Williams, Brooweena, made $3.17 ($799).
Droughtmaster steers from Greg Walsh, Amamoor, made $3.27 ($752).
Charbray steers from Vanlach Pty Ltd, Gunalda, made $3.01 ($729).
Lines of quality weaner heifers sold from $2.90–$3.27, with the next run selling from $2.60–$2.88.
Quality angus cross heifers 10–12 months from Jan Rawlings, Kin Kin, sold for $2.97 ($980).
Feeder heifers were limited in supply and quality, selling from $2.45–$2.72 generally.
Angus cross heifers 12 months from Angus McLean, Kilkivan made $2.71 ($747).
Their cross bred sisters made $2.69 ($767).
Droughtmaster heifers from Dennis and Sue Billiau, Scotchy Pocket, made $2.63 ($830) and $2.53 ($690, $641 and $628).
Charolais cross heifers from Tressavale Pastoral made $2.56 ($600 and $662).
Droughtmaster heifers from Alan Heath, Maryborough, made $2.51 ($665).
Good conditioned vealer heifers sold generally from $2.25–$2.52.
Restock heifers sold from $2.10–$2.38.
Plainer types generally sold from $1.80–$2.12.
Cows and calves topped at $1450 for brangus cows and calves from Richard and Dianne Pender, Hidden Valley, Tansey. Otherwise most sold from $800–$1250.
CATTLE numbers rose by 1509 head to 7969 at the Roma Store Sale. Cattle were mostly drawn from the local supply area with some lines from Western Queensland, NSW and also South Australia.
The usual panel of buyers was present and operating.
Heavier yearling steers were present in greater numbers this week and the yarding was dominated by steers and heifers.
Quality was again mixed, however demand for the better quality lines of cattle remained strong.
Light weight yearling steers 200–280kg to restockers fell by 5c/kg.
Medium weight yearling steers to domestic feed fell by 3c and medium weight yearling steers to export feed also fell by 5c/kg.
Heavy weight yearling steers to feed fell by 10–20c/kg.
Light weight yearling heifers to restockers rose by 3c, however a large sample of yearling heifers 200–280kg to restockers fell by 5c/kg.
Medium weight yearling heifers to feed saw no change.
Medium weight two score cows rose by 3c, but the medium weight three score cows fell by 1c/kg.
A fair sample of yearling steers 200–280kg to restockers sold to 318.2c to average 311c/kg.
A good sample of medium weight yearling steers to domestic feed sold to 316.2c to average 308c/kg.
Medium weight yearling steers to export feed made to 318.2c to average 308c/kg.
A small sample of heavy weight yearling steers to feed sold to 320c to average 316c/kg.
A large sample of yearling heifers 200–280kg sold to 272.2c to average 259c/kg.
A fair sample of medium weight yearling heifers to feed sold to 282.2c to average 282c/kg.
Heavy weight yearling heifers to slaughter sold to 278.2c to average 269c/kg.
Medium weight grown steers sold to 298.2c to average 295c, while heavy weight grown steers made to 314.2c to average 313c/kg.
Grown heifers sold to 277.2c to average 265c/kg.
Medium weight two score cows sold to 229.2c to average 219c, while the three score medium weight cows made to 255.2c to average 239c/kg.
Heavy weight cows made to 256.2c to average 243c/kg.
The best of the light weight bulls made to 300.2c to average 300c/kg.
DALBY agents penned 7528 head, including 1127 from Far Western Queensland.
This is an increase of 3560 head on last week.
There was a full field of buyers in attendance and competition was good, with values for feeders varying depending on quality, while cows were a little easier on last sale’s prices.
Heavy feeder steers sold to 316c to average 302c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed sold to 270c, with a few to the trade making 280c/kg.
Four score grown steers sold to 315c to average 302c, with bullocks making to 296c/kg. Heavy four score cows averaged 250c, while heavy bulls sold to 260c to average 247c/kg.
CATTLE MARKET: CQLX saw the plainest quality and lightest conditioned yardings seen for some time, with 1840 head yarded at their recent sale. PHOTO: GEORDI OFFORDselling to 250c/kg.Heavy bulls averaged 266c to live export and 241c/kg to processors.One pen of large framed cows with 80 per cent calves at foot and the balance close to calving made $1160/head.