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NSW cattle market: Quality steers in sale yarding

TOP PEN: Wayne and Jayne Cooper of Valla were selected as the vendor of the week at the Grafton prime cattle sale. The vendor sold a line of 28 brangus vealers off their property adjoining Deep Creek, due west of Valla Beach. The Coopers have been improving their herd by selecting quality stud bulls, retaining only their best heifers for breeding and by fertilizing their improved pastures to increase productivity. Their focus on continual improvement saw the vendors easily top this week's market with the sale of 13 brangus steers for 310.2c/kg, grossing $849.47/head.
TOP PEN: Wayne and Jayne Cooper of Valla were selected as the vendor of the week at the Grafton prime cattle sale. The vendor sold a line of 28 brangus vealers off their property adjoining Deep Creek, due west of Valla Beach. The Coopers have been improving their herd by selecting quality stud bulls, retaining only their best heifers for breeding and by fertilizing their improved pastures to increase productivity. Their focus on continual improvement saw the vendors easily top this week's market with the sale of 13 brangus steers for 310.2c/kg, grossing $849.47/head. Contributed

Grafton

534 CATTLE yarded at Grafton. Bullocks didn't sell as well and lost around 10-15c/kg. Cows on the other hand were stronger and sold to a top of 225c/kg. Vealers to the processor sold easier with most sales between 220c/kg and 250c/kg.

Restockers were definitely less active in the market place and only chased quality British bred cattle.

Highlights

Jon Keats bullocks sold to 250c/kg weighed 653kg to return $1632/hd.

R P & N F Ensbey bullocks sold to 264c/kg weighed 543kg to return $1428/hd.

Norm Gray angus steers sold to 272c/kg weighed 340kg to return $1465/hd.

S J Gibson heavy heifers sold to 232c/kg weighed 445kg to return $1024/hd.

M S J Kroehnert Partnership cows sold to 224c/kg weighed 590kg to return $1317/hd.

Cummins Pastoral Co cows sold to 220c/kg weighed 585kg to return $1276/hd.

JoJo Newby cows sold to 225c/kg weighed 715kg to return $1596/hd.

Chapmans Peak cows sold to 221c/kg weighed 580kg to return $1277/hd.

Sue Beresford cows sold to 221c/kg weighed 560kg to return $1233/hd.

E & T Knox angus yearling steers sold to 272c/kg and returned $722/hd to restockers.

Sharon Fisher charolais steer sold to 280c/kg and returned $656/hd to restockers.

Lismore

1110 cattle were yarded for the Lismore Store Sale last Saturday.

A good line up of steers sold mainly to Queensland buyers.

Box Indicus feeder steers weighing from 380 to 480 kg sold from $2.76 to $2.87 kg most returning $1200 to $1350.

Justin Hall's charolais topping at $1571.

350 weaner steers sold strongly considering the large number on the market everywhere recently.

Charolais steers weighing 311 sold for $3/kg, $933.

Steers weighing around 200 kg sold from $2.70, $3.18/kg depending on quality.

Heifers sold on a cheaper market with good lines of angus and charolais selling from $2.30 to $2.60/kg.

A good run of two-year-old angus heifers sold from $1320 to $1660 with locals competing.

Cows and calves topped at $1700 with most selling from $1300 to $1580.

On Tuesday 300 cattle were sold. Vealers sold to meat operators $2.35 to $2.48/kg.

Restockers competed on suitable lines of steers $2.70 to $2.95/kg.

Prices for heifers were generally low but a few pens of good quality angus heifers sold well. Earle Smith's angus sold for $2.72/kg, $753.

The cow market was on a par with last week. Tim Sheridans braford cows topped at $2.18 kg $1297.

Gunnedah

The continuing dry weather is forcing increased numbers of cattle on to the market to a total yarding of 4,170, up 1,280 head. The yarding consisted of large numbers of yearlings, and there was increased numbers of weaner cattle, while cows dominated the grown cattle. Quality of the young cattle was fairly mixed with some well finished yearlings offered, however the largest percentage of steers and heifers were in 2 score condition. However, there were several runs of well-bred cattle that attracted the interest of feeder and restocker buyers. There were several orders for steers from Queensland. The increase in numbers could not maintain last week's prices with most classes of cattle selling to an easier marker. Restocker weaner steers however attracted stronger demand, mainly from Queensland buyers, selling 5c to 10c dearer to top at 328c/kg.

Weaner heifers sold up to 308c/kg. Feeder steers were down by 17c selling up to 296c for the medium weights, for an average of 265c/kg. Light restocker yearling steers sold up to 311c/kg. Heavy feeder steers averaged 276c/kg. Feeder heifers were down by 10c for an average of 257c/kg.

The yarding of export cattle consisted mainly of cows, along with a small offering of grown steers, while there was a fair penning of heifers. Grown steers topped at 270c, and heifers sold up to 259c to processors. The yarding of cows consisted of a large percentage of plain 1 and 2 scores, however there was some good runs of medium weight 3 score cows, along with some good heavy cows.