Prices from northern New South Wales saleyards including Casino and Grafton
A VERY light yarding of cattle were sold at the Lismore Saleyards on Tuesday. 40 cows sold at similar rates to recent weeks.
Bella Park Limousin Stud topped the day with a two-year-old heifer, $2.34/kg, $1147.
Secondary cows sold in the $1.70–$2/kg range and light cows $1–$1.40/kg with meat operators and restockers competing. A few good vealers sold from $2.20–$2.40/kg.
John McPhersons prime heifer sold for $2.38/kg, $857.
Plain lightweight weaners sold from $1.20–$2.30/kg.
THE combination of some rain and the long weekend saw a greatly reduced penning. There was a large supply of yearlings and cows, with limited supplies in the other categories.
The large number of bobby calves were gone, although there was still a fair supply.
The quality of the offering was very mixed, while the condition was generally plain, with one and two scores making up the greatest percentage.
The usual buyers attended. The young calves sold on a dollar-per-head basis, with the market firm on the very light weights in plainer condition and slightly dearer for the better quality lots.
There were varying trends through the young cattle, with demand from restockers in particular also varying.
Particular breeds were in demand regardless of quality and condition, while others attracted little competition.
This variation was reflected in price changes through the light weight steers and heifers. The medium weight yearling steers to restock and feed saw a firm to slightly dearer market trend, however the upside was minimal.
Heavy weight feeder steers sold on a firm to dearer trend also.
Yearling heifers going to restockers and feedlotters followed similar trends to the steers.
Well-finished trade heifer yearlings sold to cheaper trends as quality was also down.
There were insufficient well-finished grown steers and heifers for a market quote.
The cow market saw little change on the well-finished three and four scores, with quality accounting for price change.
The plainer condition cows experienced a firm market trend for the most part, although some of the plainest condition cows were a little dearer.
333 cattle were yarded at Grafton.
With a very good line-up of export cattle, bullocks and cows sold dearer.
The best of the bullocks sold to 269c/kg and the best of the cows to 248c/kg.
Vealers also sold a shade dearer to top at 248c/kg.
S P Moore bullocks sold to 250c/kg, weighed 450kg to return $1108/hd.
S M & M L Gray bullocks sold to 260c/kg, weighed 660kg to return $1716/hd.
C J Moss bullocks sold to 265c/kg, weighed 624kg to return $1747/hd.
J R & B A Carlton bullocks sold to 265c/kg, weighed 705kg to return $1856/hd.
P N & M Redhead charbray steers sold to 276c/kg, weighed 400kg to return $1183/hd to restockers.
J R & B A Carlton heifers sold to 252c/kg, weighed 505kg to return $1270/hd.
R & K Di Mattia cows sold to 230c/kg, weighed 500kg to return $1162/hd.
Coombadjha Trust cows sold to 245c/kg, weighed 533kg to return $1302/hd.
L S Timms vealers sold to 240c/kg, weighed 235kg to return $565/hd.
Coombadjha Trust weaner steers sold to 270c/kg, weighed 315kg to return $850/hd to restockers.
S M & M L Gray heavy angus bull sold to 245c/kg, weighed 1055kg to return 2576/hd.
NUMBERS decreased by 340 despite the long weekend affecting market offerings through the state.
The yarding saw reasonable numbers of well-bred, although plainer conditioned, young cattle and almost no cows.
All the regular processors were present, along with strong competition from restockers, local and interstate buyers.
Well-bred weaners to restock sold to dearer trends of 12c, with light weight yearling steers also seeing dearer trends of 26c/kg.
However, medium weight feeder steers sold to slightly cheaper trends of 4c/kg, with the bigger offering of plain conditioned young cattle being a contributing factor.
Light yearling heifers sold to dearer trends of 17c/kg, sought by both local and interstate restocker interest.
Medium weight trade heifers saw slightly cheaper trends.
There were no grown steers to quote, however, grown heifers sold to cheaper trends of 8c/kg.
There were very few cows offered, seeing prices ease substantially for light cows, while three score cows eased 3c/kg.
A good selection of grain assisted young bulls saw trends improve by 15c/kg for the better types.
THERE were a few less cattle yarded this week, for a total of 968 head.
Around 750 head of young cattle were sold, comprised of a good supply of vealers and light yearlings.
Quality was mixed again this week, with several pens of supplementary fed cattle, however there was a large percentage of plain conditioned weaners and light yearlings through the sale.
The market varied with restocker weaner steers making 4–6c more than last week, topping at 266c/kg.
Restocker weaner heifers were firm, although the plainer types were easier, with the best reaching 192c/kg.
Trade vealers decreased by 15c topping at 236c for an average of 222c/kg.
Restocker and backgrounder yearling steers were slightly dearer, making from 220–277c/kg.
Trade yearling heifers were in limited supply, gaining 7c to make from 220–261c/kg.
The yarding of cows was comprised of mainly light and medium weights, along with several pens of heavy cows.
Heavy cows held firm, while light and medium weights decreased by 4–5c/kg. Medium weight three scores averaged 223c and heavy cows sold to a top of 256c/kg.
DAY AT THE SALE: Clive Moss of Tullymorgan was selected as the vendor of the week at the Grafton Prime Cattle Sale held on Tuesday. The vendor sold 12 brangus bullocks from his top-dressed fattening paddock which is rapidly improving in response to recent rain. The best of the offering was a pen of seven that sold for 263.2c/kg at an average weight of 623.6kg to gross $1641.24/head. Pictured ringside during the auction are the vendor Clive Moss and his grandson Nathan. The offering was sold by Farrell McCrohon Stock and Station Agents.