Best steers make 300c/kg
THE numbers doubled, with the decision to offload at the forefront.
Vealers and yearlings were well supplied, while cows were in fair numbers.
The quality of the offering was fair to good, while condition was on the leaner side.
There were a number of lines of very good quality yearlings and vealers suitable to restock and feed.
Most of the regular buyers attended.
Both restockers and lotfeeders were active through the young cattle, with market trends varying from the pre-Christmas market.
The increased numbers also brought about some quality variations.
Vealers purchased by restockers sold to cheaper trends, with the best lots up to 10c cheaper in the steers and 5c/kg on the heifers.
Light weight yearling steers sold on a firm to cheaper trend, however there was some improvement in quality.
Medium and heavy weight feeder steers also sold to a cheaper trend.
Lightweight yearling heifers to restock and feed sold to a dearer trend.
Medium-weight heifers sold to cheaper trends.
There was not much difference in price between the well bred but moderately muscled and better muscled young cattle deemed suitable to supplementary feed.
Well-finished grown heifers attracted increased processor demand, resulting in 3 scores showing a dearer trend.
The usual processors, along with extra restocker competition saw the cow market sell to a dearer trend than the last market.
The best of the heavy weights sold as much as 13c/kg dearer.
THERE were 260 cattle sold at the Lismore saleyards on Tuesday.
Most categories sold on a par with pre-Christmas rates, however weaner steers were an exception selling cheaper.
Heavy cows sold from $2.05 to $2.32/kg.
A hereford cow sold on behalf of the Brown and Sivewright partnership returned $1453, and the Greenhalgh family’s hereford cross $1437.
The McKinnon family’s brahman cross cows sold for $1457.
Medium cows sold pretty well for $1.50–$1.80/kg.
Prime vealers sold to meat operators and butchers reached $2.10–$2.55/kg.
Most lightweight heifers and crossbred steers sold for $1.75–$2.20/kg.
This Saturday the first store cattle sale of the year will be held at the Lismore saleyards from 10am.
THERE were 191 head yarded at Grafton Fat Cattle Sale.
The first sale back for 2019 saw a light yarding of mixed quality cattle.
Most categories were well represented, and the trend was similar to the end of last year.
Cattle with weight and quality sold well while light or lesser quality stock were hard to shift.
Most of the usual buyers were in attendance.
DG & BJ Scott sold brahman cross bullocks 250c/kg averaged 723.3kg – $1808.
Matt Collman sold charolais cross steers 296.2c/kg averaged 446.7kg – $1323.
GV & DM Gilmour sold angus cross cows 225c/kg averaged 592.5kg – $1333.
LJ & AJ Abraham sold brangus cross cows 230c/kg averaged 532.5kg – $1224.
VK & NJ Ellem sold charolais cross vealer steers 284.2c/kg averaged 310kg – $881.
GV & DM Gilmour sold angus vealer steers 292.2c/kg averaged 227.5kg – $664.
RK Gaudron & SM Cosgrove sold a droughtmaster cross vealer steer 250c/kg weighed 280kg – $700.
KCJ Ingram sold a brangus cross vealer 250c/kg weighed 265kg – $662.
INVERELL numbers increased by 296 head for the first sale of 2019.
The penning consisted of good numbers of quality feeder cattle, and a very good selection of cows.
All the regular processors attended and operated, as well as feeder operators north and south of the border, bidding with confidence.
Limited vealers and weaners saw restricted demand, selling to cheaper trends of 8c/kg, and more in places for lesser quality drafts.
Light feeder steers experienced dearer trends of 3c, while restockers and backgrounder interest saw an increase of 8c/kg.
Medium weight steers saw firm trends.
Yearling heifers to feed sold to dearer trends of 10c, and trade operators increased those categories by 5c/kg.
Light cows sold to firm trends, while well finished, high yielding cows saw an increase of 13c/kg.
A mixed quality bull offering saw trends cheaper than last sale, selling to 233c/kg.
TAMWORTH experienced a reduced penning of 635 mixed quality cattle, 315 less, for the first sale of 2019, with no sale for the past three weeks.
Young cattle saw a major reduction, with a quality variation culminating in cheaper trends throughout.
Cow numbers were similar to before Christmas with the better finished cows and the lighter end of the restocker types seeing slightly dearer trends.
Heavy trade yearlings saw slightly dearer trends of 9c/kg.
Light heifers to feed saw fractionally cheaper trends, although averages for medium weight feeders were slightly dearer, that rise attributed to the secondary drafts selling to dearer trends of 7c/kg.
Light restocker cows saw dearer trends, while medium trade cows saw increases of 10c/kg.
Top cow averages saw those categories slightly dearer, up 4c before Christmas, selling to 224c/kg, to average from 212c to 219c/kg.
A very limited bull penning saw the best bulls making to 224c/kg.
THE supply of stock remained close to the pre-Christmas sale at 964 head.
Young cattle were in the largest numbers, along with a reasonable sample of cows.
A fair panel of buyers was present and operating with representatives covering all classes.
Young cattle generally sold to fair competition for the quality penned however cows experienced a dearer trend compared to the close of last year.
A small sample of vealer steers sold to local butchers at 297.2c, while the vealer heifers made to 290c to average 284c/kg. Lightweight yearling steers returned to the paddock at an average of 279c, with some 296.2c/kg.
The best of the medium weight yearling steers to feed made to 303.2c, to average 292c, with the largest numbers around 280c/kg.
SARO Pastoral, of Copmanhurst, was selected as the vendor of the week at the first Grafton prime cattle sale for 2019. The vendor sold 25 cull-for-age cows and two large heifers on an improving market. The heifers achieved a narrow top for the vendor at 223.2c/kg, while a pen of 10 cows (pictured) sold for 220.2c/kg at an average weight of 472.5kg to gross $1,040.45/head. The offering was sold by Farrell McCrohon Stock and Station Agents.