LIVESTOCK: Results from recent sales across Queensland
THERE was a yarding of 5664 head at Roma Store Sale, down 505 head on last week. Most buyers were in operation in a market varied according to quality.
Calves topped at 268c to average 250c/kg in the largest offering. Quality yearling steers back to the paddock made to 303c to average 271c/kg across the largest sample. Feedlot entry weight steers, many of which were bought in the heavier specifications, made to 286c to average 280c/kg. Yearling heifers sold to a top of 260c to feed to average 248c/kg.
Grown steers to slaughter topped at 269c to average
264c/kg. Bulls under 450kg headed to live export made to
282c while restockers paid up to 257c/kg returning to the paddock. Grown heifers to processors topped at
238c/kg. Only a small number of cows went back to the restockers as most went to processors at 217c to average
211c/kg. Quality young prime cows were the highlight. Cows with calves at foot topped at
THE supply of stock into the saleyards remained close to the previous week’s level. Overall quality was very mixed and prices tended to turn around for a number of classes. A large supply of light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock gained 12c/kg. Medium and heavy weight yearling steers to feed generally held close to firm. Despite the large supply of yearling heifers, prices were without much change to dearer in places. Heavy grown steers and bullocks lifted in price, pushed on by the wholesale meat trade. The fair sample of mixed quality cows sold to a market 2c to 8c dearer and up to 11c/kg.
Vealer heifers to restockers or backgrounders sold in the early to mid 230c range with some to 239.2c/kg. Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made 290.2c with a large selection averaging 262c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 263c and made to 270c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 262c and made to
268.2c, with a couple of B muscles lines to trade reaching 302.2c/kg. The largest numbers of light weight yearling heifers averaged 222c and the lesser quality lines 199c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 244c and made to 263.2c/kg. Heavy weights to the local trade or export averaged 242c and made to 261c/kg.
Heavy grown steers averaged 267c, with some to the wholesale meat trade reaching 276.2c and bullocks made to 269.2c to average
266c/kg. Heavy export heifers made to 261.2c to average 254c/kg. Medium weight two score cows averaged 177c and made to 185c/kg. Good heavy cows made to 220.2c with most around 212c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 233.2c/kg.
NUMBERS reduced by 334 head and overall quality continues to be very mixed. Buyer attendance was not as strong as the previous week. The vast majority of the young cattle sold to a cheaper trend, however, a small selection ideally suited to the butcher trade experienced strong support. Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 5c/kg less and medium weights to feed lost 4c to 5c/kg while heavy weight yearling steers to feed experienced good demand. Light weight yearling heifers averaged 4c to 13c/kg cheaper. The better end of a small sample of supplementary fed heavy grown steers and bullocks plus some heavy heifers also received strong support from the wholesale meat trade. A relatively small line-up of cows experienced quality related price improvements.
Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 258c and made to
306.2c and some lesser quality lines averaged close to
230c/kg. Yearling steers in the 280-330kg range to feed averaged 261c and made to
280c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged in the mid-250c/kg range and heavy weights averaged 261c and made to
269.2c/kg. The better end of the light weight yearling heifers averaged 223c with occasional sales to 241.2c while the poorer quality lines averaged 183c/kg.
A handful of yearling heifers suitable for the butcher trade made to 288.2c to average
257c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers supplementary fed also to the local meat trade made to
273.2c to average 253c/kg. A small selection of supplementary fed heavy grown steers and bullocks to the wholesale meat trade made to 265.2c while most to export slaughter averaged in the 250c/kg range. Medium weight 3 score cows averaged
188c and good heavy cows made to 214.2c with most close to 209c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 238.2c/kg.
NUMBERS increased by
30 per cent and around half of the total numbers were drawn from the local areas while the remaining 3100 head were drawn from New South Wales and far-western Queensland. A full panel of export buyers was present and operating, plus some additional interstate exporters. Heavy weight steers to feed were firm to marginally dearer, while yearling heifers experience very little change in price. Heavy grown steers and bullocks sold to firm demand for quality penned. A very large yarding of cows improved in price with gains of
3c to 10c and up to 13c/kg on plain conditioned lines.
Light weight yearling steers to feeders made to 272.2c to average 262.74c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers to feed made 231.2c/kg firm.
Few grown cattle were sold. Heavy weight grown steers to processors made from
243.2c to 255.2c to average
247.3c/kg. Medium weight grown heifers made to
223.2c/kg. Heavy weight cows made from 202.2c to
218.2c to average 209.7c, up
3c/kg. The best of the bulls made to 248.2c/kg for light weight types to feeders.
BURNETT Livestock and Realty’s meatworks and store sale on May 21 saw a yarding of 832 head. Heavy bulls topped at 235c/kg; cows over
500kg topped at 220c/kg; cows 400kg to 500kg topped at 212c/kg and trade heifers over 400kg topped at
Feeder steers 400kg to
500kg sold to a top of 265c while steers 300kg to 400kg sold to 274c. Steers 200kg to
300kg sold to 312c. Heifers
300kg to 400kg sold for 240c and heifers 200kg to 300kg sold to 260c.
Cattle were drawn from Monto, Chinchilla, Mount Perry, Rosedale, Mundubbera, Eidsvold, Stonelands, Booubyjan, Hervey Bay, Gin Gin, Gayndah, Maryborough, Proston, Murgon, Bundaberg and all local areas.
Grey brahman cows from Gayndah sold for
220c/$1391. Heavy droughtmaster cross cows sold for 215c/$1244. Grey brahman cows from Stonelands sold for
218c/$1564. Droughtmaster cows from Gin Gin sold for
215c/$1411. Brangus cross cows from Bundaberg sold for
208c/$1228. Brahman cross two tooth steers from Biggenden sold for 246c/$1111 and the four tooth steers made
249c/$1262. Brahman cross two tooth steers from Mundubbera sold for
252c/$1267. Milk tooth droughtmaster steers from Childers sold for 259c/$993. Milk tooth santa gertrudis steers from Coalstoun Lakes sold for 265c/$1079.
Charbray weaner steers from Coalstoun Lakes sold for
300c/$873 with their santa gertrudis cross brothers selling for 302c/$889. Simbrah weaner steers from Ban Ban Springs sold for
312c/$744. Charbray weaner steers from Brooweena sold for 298c/$767. Brangus limousin cross weaner steers from Gin Gin sold for
Milk tooth belmont red heifers from Gin Gin sold for
230c/$835. Milk and two tooth droughtmaster heifers from Mount Perry sold for
229c/$899. Milk tooth brangus heifers from Childers sold for 240c/$650.
Brangus weaner heifers from Dallarnil sold for
256c/$657. Brangus weaner heifers from Dallarnil sold for 240c/$800. Angus cross weaner heifers from Murgon sold for 260c/$689.
AGENTS yarded 750 in Murgon on Tuesday. Prices were firm on the previous market with the exception of heavier cows which saw some improvement. Heavy bulls sold to 230c/kg for $1650.00. Bullocks topped at 248c/kg and $1450. Cows over 500kg topped at 214c/kg, averaging
200c/kg. Cows 400–500kg averaged 180c/kg selling to
200c/kg. Lighter cows under
400kg sold to 180c/kg. M and C Ward Murgon sold
460kg belmont red steers for
$1112 at 242 c/kg. 320kg murray grey steers a/c G Savage Wheatlands sold for
$850 and 264c/kg. 340 kg santa steers sold for 261c/kg to return $850. J and M Zillman Gayndah sold 356kg santa steers for 255c/kg to return $910. A draft of 60 mainly two tooth droughtmaster cross steers sold for an average of $855 and 240c/kg at 357kg. Two pens of charolais weaner steers a/c R and O Rankin Brigooda sold for $844 (2.60) and $790 (2.86). G Wason Kilkivan sold Charolais cross weaner steers for $655.00 and 276c/kg. Light charolais cross weaner steers sold to
300c/kg and $490. 365kg santa heifers from Gayndah sold for 247c/kg to return
$900. Light angus cross weaner heifers from Jimna sold to $530 and 235c/kg. Bazadais cows and calves sold to $1480.
There was a yarding of 1219 head which was up by just over 100. Around 900 head of young cattle were sold consisting mainly of vealers and weaner cattle, along with a small penning of light yearlings. Quality was mixed with several pens of well-finished vealers offered, however, there was a large percentage of young cattle showing some roughness. There was, however, several lines of well-bred steers and heifers through the sale.
Competition was weaker with trade vealers down by
15c, ranging from 196c to
229c to average 213c/kg. Restocker weaner steers were
15c to 20c cheaper, making from 190c to 282c, while the heifer portion ranged from
170c to 257c/kg. Restocker yearling steers were 7c to 15c cheaper topping at 250c and the heifers sold to 195c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle consisted mainly of cows, with a few pens of grown heifers, while there was insufficient numbers of steers for a quote. Demand was much stronger from processors with grown heifers selling 18c dearer, topping at 233c/kg. The cow market was up by 10c to 12c, some sales 20c dearer, with 3 score medium weights averaging 186c and the heavy cows sold to a top of 209c/kg.
CATTLE SALE: Francis Stark observing the action at the Toowoomba saleyards.