Prices improve up to 27c
CATTLE numbers increased again by 920 head to 9,420 at the Roma Store Sale. Cattle were drawn predominantly from western Queensland with a large run from Alice Springs. A good panel of buyers was present and operating. Once again, the yarding was dominated by young cattle of mixed quality, and demand for better lines of cattle remained strong. The yarding experienced quality related price changes across all categories. Light weight yearling steers to restockers increased by 11c to 29c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to background or feed sold 5c dearer, while heavy weight yearling steers to feed increased by 4c to 7c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers to restockers increased by 12c to 27c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows increased 3c to
13c, however three score medium weight cows eased
A good sample of light weight yearling steers to restockers sold to 332.2 to average 322c/kg. A large sample of yearling steers to restockers in the 200-280kg weight category sold to
328.2c to average 319c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to domestic feed sold to
316.2c to average 311c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed sold to 314.2c to average 311c/kg. A large sample of yearling heifers to restockers in the 200-280kg weight category sold to
304.2c to average 289c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to restockers made to
308.2c to average 294c/kg. Grown steers and heifers were present in small numbers. Medium weight two score cows sold to 234.2c to average 216c/kg, while the medium weight three score cows made to 255c to average 243c/kg. A small sample of heavy weight three score cows sold to 260.2c to average 251c/kg.
THE improvements in prices experienced the previous week lifted supply by 381 head to 980. Apart from a few consignments of poor condition classes the standard of the remainder of the yarding was generally fair to good and no heavy grown steers or bullocks were penned. Most of the usual export processor and feeder buyers were present and operating, and restocker buyers provided stronger demand. Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 16c dearer and medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 1c to 4c/kg better. The larger samples of yearling heifers allowed average prices to vary. Cows experienced a mixed trend, with plain condition classes in demand, however the better cows could not maintain the levels of the previous sale.
A handful of steer calves made to 403.2c and a fair supply of light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to 393.2c to average 332c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to feed made to 324.2c, with the largest sample averaging
Heavy weight yearling steers over 400kg to feed made to 317.2c, with a small selection averaging 297c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers to restockers or background made to 301.2c, with a good sample averaging close to
290c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed mostly sold for approximately
280c/kg, with sales to
300.2c/kg. Plain condition cows to restockers made to
220c to average 218c/kg. Medium weight 2 scores to processors averaged 219c and the best of the medium weights made to 242.2c/kg. Good heavy cows sold to
250.2c to average 244c/kg. Heavy bulls made to
NUMBERS increased by 300 head, to 507, and buyer attendance was generally good, and included the regular processors and feeder operators, plus an increased number of restockers. The larger selection of well-bred light and medium weight yearling steers resulted in higher prices. Medium weight yearling heifers to the trade experienced a small improvement in price. Heavy grown steers and bullocks sold to a dearer trend. However, cows struggled to maintain the levels of the previous sale.
Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to 345c to average 310c/kg. Yearling steers weighing in the 280-330kg range made to 332.2c to average 318c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 301c and made to
314.2c/kg. A small sample of heavy weight yearling steers to feed made to 298.2c to average 279c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers to feed or background averaged 274c and made to 284.2c, while those in the 280-330kg range made to 289.2c to average
284c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to the trade made to 301.2c to average close to 274c/kg. Heavy grown steers to export slaughter sold from 277.2c to
315.2c to average 308c/kg, with those mouthed two and four tooth mostly selling in the higher end of the price range. The occasional pen of bullocks made to 280.2c and full mouth classes made to
274.2c to average 272c/kg. Light weight poor condition cows sold to restockers at an average of 188c and made to
199.2c/kg. Medium weight two scores to processors averaged 207c, and the best of the medium weights averaged 245c and made to
247.2c/kg. Good heavy cows made to 249.6c to average
247c/kg. Heavy bulls made to
SUPPLY of stock lifted by 1,842 head to 6,267 at Dalby this week and cattle were drawn from a wide area of the state. Export processor buyer attendance was good and included some additional exporters in the buying panel. Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 4c dearer and heavy weights gained up to 15c/kg in places. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed lifted in price by 5c/kg. A good sample of heavy grown steers and bullocks improved in price by 8c to 11c/kg. However, cows varied in price, with plain condition classes experiencing very little change, while good heavy cows eased 8c/kg.
C3 yearling steers to feed, weighing 330-400kg, eased
6c to make from 292c to
324.2c, averaging 308.2c/kg.
C3 heifers in the same weight bracket sold 5c dearer to make from 270.2c to 302.2, averaging 291.1c/kg.
Grown steers with C muscling and four fat sold from 284.2c to 320.2c to be
11c better, averaging
312.7c/kg. C4 gown heifers made from 258.2c to 286.2c to average 273.6c/kg, remaining firm on the prices received last week. D4 cows sold from 247.2c to 270.2c, easing 8c and averaging
255.6c/kg. C3 bulls sold from
227.2c to 276.2c, with the best of the bulls reaching a top of 286.2c/kg.
NUMBERS increased for a yarding of 1,148 head. Approximately 950 head of young cattle were sold, consisting of vealers and increased numbers of light yearlings. Quality was mixed, although there were several pens of well finished supplementary fed cattle through the sale. Competition was strong with restocker weaner steers selling 10c to
20c dearer, making from 260c to 318.2c/kg. Trade vealers were up by 10c to make from
258c to 272c/kg. Yearlings sold from 256c to 282c/kg.
There were only a few grown steers, making from 283c to
290c/kg. Cows sold 10c to
15c/kg dearer. Two score cows made from 210c to
235c, with medium weight three scores making from
235c to 250c/kg. Heavy D4 cows sold from 258c to
NUMBERS almost doubled as producers looked to take advantage of the improved markets. Yearlings and cows were well represented alongside a few vealers, grown steers and heifers. The quality of the offering was mixed with some well bred lines of young cattle suitable to restock and feed. The condition also varied, with all fat scores represented. There were few well finished cattle presented off grass, with most of the well finished cattle having had access to either crop or a grain ration. The usual buyers attended.
Restockers were again active on young cattle, although without the hype shown last week. This resulted in cheaper trends through the light weight young cattle, not attracting feedlot competition. The steers saw a cheaper trend of 20c to
30c/kg and more in places where breed and quality were factors. Medium and heavy weight yearling feeder steers saw a market only slightly cheaper. The cheaper trend for restocker cattle continued into the yearling heifers, with light weights up to 25c cheaper. Again, those heifers attracting feedlot competition experienced little but quality related price change.
The limited supply of well finished heavy grown steers sold to a dearer trend. Well finished grown heifers sold to a cheaper trend of 4c to
23c/kg, lacking the quality of the previous sale. In the cow market there was a reduction in quality at the top end of the heavy weights, resulting in a cheaper trend of up to 10c/kg. The plainer condition cows saw little change in the market trend, while some of the plainest cows were slightly dearer.
NUMBERS doubled and quality lifted, particularly in the young cattle section, with feeders and backgrounders competing strongly for the better bred categories. Again, there were several pens of grain assisted yearlings on offer. The cow penning increased slightly and saw trends decrease despite all processors being present. There was an extra processor after an absence, along with an extra feed lotter.
Limited weaners were on offer as opposed to last week and these sold to similar trends. An improvement in quality saw light yearling steers sell mostly to backgrounders for dearer trends of 20c/kg, with restockers also competing. Feeders also experienced dearer trends of over 20c/kg. Medium weight steers to feed saw better trends of 7c, while heavy trade steers improved by 3c/kg .Limited drafts of good quality trade heifers sold to trends of up to 20c/kg better. A variation in quality saw some drafts of secondary heifers sell 4c to 10c/kg back, however most sold to dearer trends.
Heavy grown steers sold to trends of 16c better, as did heifers reaching 18c/kg dearer. Cows experienced cheaper trends, with light one and two score cows 19c/kg back. The better yielding heavy cows saw values ease by 13c/kg.
CATTLE SALE: Tom and Jackie Marrinan from Hodgsonvale were looking to buy cattle at the Toowoomba Saleyards on Monday.