Reports direct from saleyards across northern New South Wales
ONLY 160 cattle were sold at our Lismore Saleyards on Tuesday.
Fortunately the greater percentage of the vealers yarded were steers and sold at similar rates to recent weeks.
Bill Farrell’s charolais steers sold to $2.86/kg, the top returning $745.
Crossbred weaner steers sold from $2.60–$2.86/kg for returns of $560–$911.
Vealer heifers sold to meat operators $2.05–$2.12/kg and restockers paid up to $2.42 for angus cross heifers.
NUMBERS at Inverell reduced by 677 to 1510 head of very mixed quality cattle.
Prices again saw an easing trend, principally for the plainer quality categories which, owing to the weather, were in greater numbers.
All but one exporter attended, along with the usual feedlot orders.
The continuing dry weather resulted in a plainer quality yarding.
Lighter weaners purchased by restockers were back 7–16c/kg, while a pen of well bred steer calves saw prices equal to last week. They were the only exception.
Yearling steers saw a general reduction in price, again with plainer types up to 40c/kg back for drafts going onto feed or background.
Trade heifers also experienced cheaper trends of up to 40c, quality having an effect, but a general easing of the market saw cheaper trends of medium weight yearling heifers easing by 17–28c/kg.
Grown steers resulted in cheaper trends, quality and weight a factor, with some very light weight steers being offered. Heifers, similarly, showed cheaper trends of up to 46c/kg to the trade.
Very light cows averaged 67–72c, while light two score cows were 11c/kg back. The best D3 and D4 cows were 12–16c/kg cheaper. Bulls sold to firm trends.
TAMWORTH SHEEP AND LAMBS
THERE was a much reduced penning of both sheep and lambs.
The quality and weight of the lambs on offer showed great variation.
There were some outstanding heavy and extra heavy weight lambs alongside a fair quality penning of store lambs.
The usual processors were in attendance, however the restocker lamb activity was limited to the locals.
With the seasonal conditions less than ideal and winter just around the corner, very light weight store lambs attracted weaker demand, selling to a slightly cheaper trend.
The better quality store lambs with the ability to go onto grain rations sold firm to slightly dearer.
Well finished trade lambs and the lighter end of the heavy weight classes sold to a cheaper trend of $4–$5/head with quality changes accounting for some larger price reductions.
The heavy and extra heavy weight classes experienced little change in the market trend.
THERE was a large reduction in numbers that also took away the decent lines.
The quality of the offering was very mixed in nature with many small and single lots presented.
The condition of the penning was on the plainer side with limited supplies of well finished cattle available. There was a similar buying group to last week in attendance. Demand was generally weaker across most categories, light weight weaner cattle representing a relatively low dollar value the exception.
Market trends were generally cheaper through the young cattle.
The light weight weaners were the exception. They sold to dearer trends with some breed related price improvement.
The heavier weaner steers were 9–13c/kg cheaper.
Yearling steers to restock and feed also saw cheaper trends for the most part. Heavy feeder steers were up to 6c/kg cheaper. Once again those low dollar value cattle were slightly dearer in places.
Medium and heavy yearling heifers to restock and feed sold to a cheaper trend, down 2–4c/kg with some other quality related price change.
Heavy grown steers sold to a cheaper trend, however there were a couple of pens of well finished heavy weights that stood out and achieved to top c/kg price. Cows met weaker demand and less restocker activity.
THERE was a reduced penning that again featured a large penning of cows.
This is a reflection of the deteriorating seasonal conditions and pre-winter, post-weaning sell-off.
There was a fair supply of vealers and weaners, while yearling numbers retreated.
The quality of the offering was fair to good, as was the condition. The usual buyers were in attendance.
Market trends varied through the young cattle with weaner steers to restockers selling mostly firm with an odd dearer sale. It was a similar trend for heifer weaners and vealers with some sales to restockers up to 9c/kg dearer.
A good supply of heavy yearling feeder steers sold to a dearer trend with breed a contributing factor.
Yearling heifers to restock and feed saw medium and heavy weights sell to a 5c/kg cheaper market trend with limited numbers purchased by the trade.
There were too few well finished heavy grown steers to quote, however feeder steers over 500kg were dearer, and significantly so with breed and quality a major factor.
The cow market was 5–10c/kg cheaper with restocker cows least affected.
There were quite a few large framed cows in store condition penned. Heavy bulls were 4c/kg cheaper.
THERE was a further reduction in numbers, down by 900 head. Once again weaners and cows made up the bulk of the offering.
There was a fair supply of yearlings, while well-finished heavy grown steers were almost non-existent.
The quality of the offering was fair to good, however the condition for the most part was on the leaner side.
There were some pens of well-finished heavy weight cows.
The usual buyers were in attendance although there was less feedlot competition for heavy feeder steers and reduced restocker activity on the plainer condition cows.
Demand was weaker through the young cattle from all sectors. Good quality young cattle were least affected in a market of mostly cheaper trends.
There was significant discounting for secondary and plain quality young cattle.
The better quality weaner steers sold to a cheaper trend of up to 14c/kg.
There was little change for the better quality weaner heifers to restock, with an isolated pen of high quality heifers showing a slight improvement.
There was an improvement in the quality of the medium weight yearling steers that accounted for a positive price change.