How the last cat­tle sales of the year in north­ern New South Wales fared

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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.

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