MAR­KET RE­PORTS: Pro­duc­ers off­load stock to help save re­main­ing feed in dry ar­eas

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -


825 cat­tle went through the scan­ner at the Lismore Sale on Satur­day.

325 steers sold to good com­pe­ti­tion.

The best of the year­ling wean­ers sold from $2.75–$2.88/kg.

Cross bred wean­ers light in con­di­tion sold from $2.35–$2.76/kg.

Heifers failed to reach any great heights with most $1.85–$2.25/kg.

Young breed­ers sold at in­creased rates.

Good an­gus and bran­gus young­sters with calves sold from $1400–$1760.

A cou­ple of out­stand­ing brah­man cross cows with small calves sold for $2000.

The top of the day was a sim­men­tal with baby heifer calf sell­ing for $2660.

Once again older cow and calf units sold in the $500–$900 range.

On Tues­day at the Lismore yards, 300 cat­tle were sold.

It was a sim­i­lar story to sales over the past two months, with heavy cat­tle sell­ing well and light con­di­tioned cross-breds tough enough.

Heavy cows sold from $2.20–$2.46/kg for Wayne Mea­clem’s char­bray, $1427.

Medium cows sold from $1.80–$2.10/kg.

Older plain in-con­di­tion cows sold cheaper this week with most 80c to $1.40/kg.

Most of the veal­ers/wean­ers were of plain qual­ity and prices re­flected this.

Prime veal­ers sold from $2.20–$2.50/kg.

Good qual­ity weaner steers sold well with Noel Gray’s line of limo cross sell­ing for $2.92, $749.

A good line of an­gus cross bran­gus steers off Nashua sold for $2.88/kg, $916.


594 cat­tle were yarded at Grafton on Tues­day.

Yet an­other line-up of qual­ity bul­locks came for­ward to see these types sell fully firm on last week to top at 305c/kg.

Cows also were dearer and topped at 246c/kg.

Veal­ers also sold firm to top at 258c/kg.

B A Ens­bey bul­locks sold to 299c/kg, weighed 690kg to re­turn $2058.

Clais­can bul­locks sold to 298c/kg, weighed 668kg to re­turn $1985.

Jikero Part­ner­ship bul­locks sold to 305c/kg, weighed 670kg to re­turn $2031.

S M & M L Gray bul­locks sold to 202c/kg, weighed 625kg to re­turn $1876.

Mal­colm Eg­gins bul­locks sold to 299c/kg, weighed 609kg to re­turn $1815.

C J Moss feeder steers sold to 305c/kg, weighed 415kg to re­turn $1266.

Leo Carl­ton heifers sold to 275c/kg, weighed 498kg to re­turn $1359.

Kahuna cows sold to 245c/kg, weighed 705kg to re­turn $1756.

W H Con­roy cows sold to 244c/kg, weighed 592kg to re­turn $1440.

J & G Daw­son an­gus weaner steers sold to 312c/kg, weighed 319kg to re­turn $990 to re­stock­ers.

Cow­per Hold­ings vealer calves sold to 304c/kg, weighed 327kg to re­turn $990.


There was a 30 per cent re­duc­tion in num­bers, with a good se­lec­tion of year­ling cat­tle and a re­duced cow pen­ning.

Feeder op­er­a­tors pro­vided strong com­pe­ti­tion for both steers and heifers. All the reg­u­lar buy­ers at­tended.

Limited veal­ers and year­lings saw cheaper trends of 10–14c/kg. Very light year­ling steers to feed saw dearer trends of 20c/kg, while the light year­lings bor­dered on firm trends. Medium weight feed­ers saw a dearer trend of 6c/kg. Heavy weight feeder steers main­tained val­ues to im­prove by 7c/kg, with two ma­jor feed­lot­ters sup­port­ing with keen com­pe­ti­tion. Medium weight heifers to feed showed a firm to slightly cheaper trend. At the other end of the scale, heavy feeder heifers sold to dearer trends of 5c/kg. A lapse in qual­ity saw some re­stocker and back­ground grades de­liver sub­stan­tially cheaper trends for both steers and heifers. Heavy trade steers and heifers saw slightly cheaper trends of 4–6c/kg.

Qual­ity grown heifers sold to a dearer trend. Light and medium cows saw feeder com­pe­ti­tion take val­ues to 206c/kg. The trade cat­e­gory saw prises in­crease 9–14c, while three and four score cows sold to dearer trends of 6c/kg. An im­proved bull mar­ket saw the bet­ter bulls make 9c/kg dearer.


De­spite some of the bet­ter rain­fall seen across the draw­ing area for some time, num­bers lifted by 2090 head, with pro­duc­ers opt­ing to off­load in the hope of grow­ing feed for re­main­ing stock. Young cat­tle and cows made up the bulk of the of­fer­ing. There were large num­bers of year­lings and in­creased sup­plies of young calves. The over­all qual­ity of the of­fer­ing was mixed, while con­di­tion was on the lower end of the spec­trum for the most part. There were a few pens of bet­ter con­di­tion cat­tle that had been given ac­cess to a grain ra­tion. The usual buy­ers at­tended and there was in­creased re­stocker ac­tiv­ity.

Mar­ket trends were mostly cheaper through the young cat­tle, with both the in­creased sup­plies and qual­ity vari­a­tions af­fect­ing price change. The qual­ity of the young calves de­creased sig­nif­i­cantly and this was re­flected in prices. Light weight year­ling steers to re­stock­ers sold to cheaper trends, with a large vari­a­tion in both breed and qual­ity. Medium weight year­ling steers bought by feed­lot­ters sold on a firm to slightly dearer mar­ket trend, while, de­spite strong com­pe­ti­tion, the heavy weight feed­ers sold to a slightly cheaper trend. Again there was some qual­ity re­lated price change. The gap be­tween the se­condary and good qual­ity year­ling heifers was not as great as it has been, with in­creased re­stocker com­pe­ti­tion a con­tribut­ing fac­tor. The plainer qual­ity heifers sold to dearer trends and sub­stan­tially so in places. There were too few heavy grown steers to quote. Pro­ces­sor com­pe­ti­tion for well fin­ished grown heifers was strong, with the mar­ket for three scores show­ing a dearer trend.


TOP PEN: Garry Beasley of Can­gai was selected as the ven­dor of the week at the Grafton Prime Cat­tle Sale held on Tues­day. The ven­dor sold seven charo­lais-cross, six an­gus-cross and six drought­mas­ter bul­locks off his prop­erty at the foot of the range. The charo­lais-cross bul­locks (pic­tured) grossed the high­est re­turn for the ven­dor, sell­ing for 285c/kg at an av­er­age weight of 709.3kg to gross a healthy $2021.46/head for the ven­dor. The of­fer­ing was sold by Ray Dono­van Stock and Sta­tion Agents.

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