How the last cattle sales of the year in northern New South Wales fared
A SMALL yarding of 120 cattle was sold at the Lismore Saleyards on Tuesday.
The cow market held up, selling at similar rates to last week. Heavy cows sold from $2.18 to $2.40/kg for two droughtmasters off Alstonville. Gavin Robb’s AIS dairy cow sold for $2.16, $1351. Medium weight and store cows ranged from $1.50 to $1.80/kg.
Only a handful of prime vealers were on offer and these sold from $1.90 to $2.40/kg.
Light weight vealers/ weaners sold to local restockers for $1.50 to $2.20/kg.
Weaner steers sold from $2.35 to $2.60/kg.
This Saturday will be the final sale for the year at the Lismore yards. A smaller yarding is expected but still some very good lines of steers, heifers and cows with calves will be on offer.
THERE was a reduction in numbers, while a feature of the offering was a line of 400 young angus calves.
Yearlings and cows were also well represented. There was a very small number of heavy grown steers, while most of the grown heifers were in plain condition. Overall, the quality and condition were very mixed, with trade buyers struggling to secure requirements. The full field of buyers attended but not all feedlotters operated.
Restocker activity was strong throughout. There was keen demand for the light weight calves, with the steer portion sold in one line. While there was little to compare to last week, the price was well above recent levels. The heifer portion also attracted strong competition, selling at higher than recent levels.
Light weight yearling steers to restockers sold to dearer trends, with buyers banking on the forecast rain. Medium and heavy weight feeder steers experienced little change in market trends.
Light weight yearling heifers sold to dearer trends of 10c to 20c/kg, with the greatest improvement in some of the plainest cattle. There were very few feeder weights available.
Most of the grown steers went to restocker and feedlot interests. Well-finished grown heifers remained mainly firm, with some quality-related price change.
The plainer conditioned heifers attracted both restocker and feedlot competition and sold to dearer trends. The cow market had a firm to slightly dearer trend through all classes, with some of the plainer cows experiencing strong gains. There was a large penning of heavy bulls and the market trend was generally cheaper.
IT WAS a reduced penning that had a very mixed-quality offering, highlighted by the number of small lots. There were some pens of very good quality yearlings and some very well finished older bullocks. Most of the usual buyers attended, however once again not all the regular feedlotters operated.
Market trends through the young cattle had yearling steers sell to cheaper trends of 2c to 10c/kg, however some averages improved with quality and breed. Light weight yearling heifers to restock and feed sold to dearer trends. The medium and heavy weight feeder heifers also sold to dearer trends of 2c to 11c/kg. There were very few heifers suitable to the higher end of the trade market.
The heavy grown steers, along with the older manufacturing steers, sold to cheaper trends, dentition being a factor. Well-finished grown heifers sold to a dearer trend and carried more weight than the previous week. The penning comprised of primarily secondary quality and plainer condition lots. The cow market had the plainest condition heifers sell much cheaper. The two-score medium weights showed little change in the trend. The well-finished heavy weights were 5c to 7c/kg cheaper, and more in places where quality was a factor.
INVERELL posted a reduction in numbers, particularly in the yearling cattle section where numbers decreased by 30 per cent.
Cow numbers were similar, but with a push from backgrounders, who took up to 25 per cent of the numbers to hold over and improve condition in hope of the forecast rain event.
Quality drafts of yearling cattle had improved competition from feedlotters, while local restockers were competitive in purchasing lighter drafts, along with both steers and heifers to put away. All the regular processors operated.
Restockers were active in purchasing weaners, with prices increasing up to 20c/kg for heifers, while there were no numbers of steers from the previous sale to compare.
Very light yearling steers posted dearer trends of 14c/kg, mainly to feeder competition.
However, light and medium weights sold to cheaper trends of 13c to 19c/kg for secondary drafts. Light heifers sold to dearer trends of 3c to 5c and medium weights had a cheaper trend of 12c/kg. Trade weights also experienced cheaper trends of 8c/kg.
Grown steers and heifers sold to cheaper trends, topping at 271c and 256c/kg respectively, although there were very limited numbers to compare.
Backgrounders pushed light cows, substantially improving prices to reach 156c/kg. Medium weight cows had a decrease in trends of 4c to 9c, while the better threeand four-score cows posted reductions of 19c/kg. The best bulls sold 10c dearer.
THERE were 220 head yarded at Grafton Fat Cattle Sale this week.
There was a reduced yarding for the last Fat Cattle Sale for 2018 in a mostly firm to slightly cheaper market across the board.
The cheaper trend was also quality related.
L. Muldoon sold an anguscross steer 272.2c/kg, weighing 480kg for $1306.56.
C.O. Austen and Sons sold an angus-cross heifer 244.2c/kg, weighing 500kg for $1221, also selling an angus-cross cow 218.2c/kg, weighing 590kg for $1287.38.
Mark Spicer sold a brahman cow 220c/kg, weighing 535kg for $1177.
B.J. Martin sold a hereford bull 233.2c/kg, weighing 905kg for $2110.46.
A.B. Heriot sold angus steers 288.2c/kg. averaging 342.5kg for $987.09.
R.A. and B.I. Marsh sold santa-cross vealer heifers 212c/kg, averaging 260kg for $551.20.
NUMBERS reduced by 437 head to 967 for the last sale before the annual close down. The overall quality was mixed with young cattle in the largest numbers. A fair panel of buyers was present and most were operating.
Light weight yearling steers to restockers experienced fair demand for the quality penned. Yearling steers to feed the domestic market improved in price. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed also received improvement in places. Medium and heavy weight yearling heifers to the trade averaged 5c to 10c/kg better. Cows generally sold to within a few cents either way of the previous sale.
Some well-bred steer calves made to 390.2c to average 377c/kg. A few well-bred vealer heifers went to make future breeders at 341.2c/kg. Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock generally sold close to 286c, with some making 303.2c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to feed made to 316.2c to average 304c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed made to 314.2c to average 312c/kg.
Light weight yearling heifers to restockers or background made to 247.2c to average 238c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to the trade made to 298.2c, with a good sample averaging 285c/kg. A couple of heavy B-muscle yearling heifers sold to local butchers for 314.2c, with the remainder about 275c/kg.
GREAT HEIFER: Andrew Heriot of Kungala was selected as the vendor of the week at the final prime cattle sale in Grafton for 2018. The vendor sold 12 head, including four angus steers and eight mixed-breed heifers. The heavy-veal charolais-cross heifer pictured was the best of the heifers, topping the sale at 258.2c/kg. Weighing 310kg, this quality heifer was purchased by a local butcher for $800.42. The offering was sold by Ray Donovan Stock and Station Agents.