NUMBERS improved to 962 at Grafton this week. The market for bullocks and cows improved another 5-10c/kg to see bullocks sell to 298c/kg and cows to 246c/kg. Vealers also improved to top at 298c/kg. Restockers defiantly were back in force following the good rain pushing angus weaner steers to 366c/kg.
Grab Pastoral bullocks sold to 299c/kg weighed 656kg to return $1956/hd.
Fred Sheridan bullocks sold to 292c/kg weighed 775kg to return 2250/hd.
Est J I Carlton bullocks sold to 298c/kg weighed 637kg to return $1892/hd.
K C Brown bullocks sold to 298c/kg weighed 575kg to return $1709/hd.
Ramornie Station bullocks sold to 294c/kg weighed 665kg to return $1950/hd.
W H Conroy cows sold to 245c/kg weighed 623kg to return $1516/hd.
A G & G I Chapman cows sold to 242c/kg weighed 540kg to return $1306/hd.
Doboy Station cows sold to 241c/kg weighed 540kg to return $1297/hd.
PJN Ag Services angus steers sold to 340c/kg returned $1045/hd to restockers.
N J & D A Osborn angus steers sold to 345c/kg to return $866/hd to restockers.
Jill McGregor angus steers sold to 330c/kg to return $905/hd to restockers.
550 CATTLE were sold at our Lismore Store Cattle Sale on Saturday.
A good run of weaner cattle sold to good competition.
Steers weighing in the 220-280kg range generally sold from $3.15 to $3.55 /kg for returns of $680 to $890.
Good quality weaner heifers sold at premium prices. A top line of angus heifers on account the Morgan Family, Alstonville sold for $3.40/kg, $907.
The quality of the cows and calves yarded was not up to recent sales and this was reflected in the price with most selling from $1000 - $1350.
An exception was a line of brangus/angus heifers and calves sold by Daryl and Julie Spencer for $2250.
NUMBERS increased by 435 head, in a penning of 1,521 mixed quality cattle. There were good numbers of yearling cattle, however, cows dominated the yarding with over 30% penned. All the regular buyers attended and operated, with feeder orders operating up to last week's levels. Some well-bred pens of steer calves under 200kg went back to the paddock, as did drafts of better bred heifers.
Vealers were few in number and sold to the trade at slightly dearer trends. Yearling steers were very firm on last day and heavy weight steers were up to 10c/kg better.
Grown steers and heifers sold to firm trends, however, numbers were minimal. One pen of heavy cows sold 4c dearer, however, this was not indicative of the market, with heavy cows generally showing cheaper trends of 6c/kg.
Restockers pushed light cows to 190c/kg, to be slightly cheaper, while light cows to kill were generally sold to slightly cheaper trends. Bulls showed dearer trends for the heavier types.
ONCE again there was a significant increase in numbers as seasonal conditions continue to deteriorate. There was a large penning of young cattle to suit both restocker and feedlot buyers along with a large supply of cows.
Overall the quality of the offering was fair to good with condition very mixed. A full field of buyers were in attendance and there was extra competition for trade vealers. Demand was strong throughout, however, the increased supplies did bring about some quality related price change through the averages.
Demand for young cattle varied a little with the weaner steers to restockers selling to a dearer trend of 6c to 9c/kg and more in places. Some very well bred but light weight steers saw the best of the increase. Heifer weaners to restock sold to a slightly cheaper trend of 3c to 6c/kg, while those to the trade were also a little cheaper despite the extra competition. Medium and heavy weight yearling steers to feed saw a firm to slightly dearer market trend with large numbers available. Strong feedlot competition saw the medium and heavy weight yearling heifers sell to a dearer trend with the medium weights up to 10c/kg better.
Odd pens of well finished heavy weights saw a greater improvement.
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