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Prices tumbled: Heavy grown steers reach 284c

BOLD MOVE: The decision to move the Glenisa Angus sale from August to May saw a strong turnout of buyers and a new record for both the top price bull and the average price.
BOLD MOVE: The decision to move the Glenisa Angus sale from August to May saw a strong turnout of buyers and a new record for both the top price bull and the average price. Samantha Wantling

Toowoomba cattle

DESPITE the disappointing rain event the supply of stock declined a little further.

There was a wide variation in the quality of the young cattle penned while heavy grown steers and bullocks were limited to a few pens and there was a fair selection of cows offered.

Buyer attendance in the export slaughter section was good and all were operating and the regular feed and trade buyers were also present plus some restockers.

The better quality light weight yearling steers and heifers to restockers improved in price and medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 10c/kg dearer.

A small selection of heavy grown steers and bullocks averaged 1c to 6c/kg better.

Most classes of cows improved in price by 6c to 8c/kg.

Mixed sex calves mostly sold to restockers at 344c while vealer heifers to feed averaged 335c and made to 340.2c/kg.

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to a top of 406.2c with a fair sample around 385c/kg.

Medium weight yearling steers to feed made to 347.2c to average 327c/kg.

Light weight yearling heifers mostly sold to feeder operators at an average of 327c with some to 337.2c/kg.

A handful of medium weight yearling heifers to the trade averaged 297c and made to 310c/kg.

Heavy grown steers to export slaughter averaged 284c and made to 289.2c and a few bullocks made to 282.2c to average 275c/kg.

A handful of medium weight 2 score cows averaged 207c and the best of the medium weights made to 237.2c to average 230c/kg. Good heavy cows averaged 233c with the occasional pen to 240.2c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 270.2c/kg.

Gympie cattle

A RAIN-reduced yarding of 1200 cattle at Sullivan Livestock's Gympie sale saw the market dearer for all descriptions.

Cattle were drawn from Mt Perry, Maryborough, Aramara, Bauple, Woolooga, Kilkivan, Conondale, Kenilworth, Eumundi and all local areas.

Droughtmaster steers from Elizabeth Pretorius, Bergins Pocket sold for $3.28 to return $1511 and $1486.

Droughtmaster steers, 12 months, from Les Howard, Aramara sold for $3.28 to return $1110 and $1088.

Droughtmaster steers from the O'Hanlan Family sold for $3.28 ($1096).

Droughtmaster steers from Charlie Cousin, Glastonbury sold for $3.30 ($1181). Limousin cross weaner steers from Peter and Sue Johnston, Kin Kin made $3.62 ($1101).

Simmental cross steers from Peter Gous sold for $3.70 ($971).

Limousin cross steers from Ian and Sharon Brown, Thinoomba made $3.80 ($924). Bazadaise cross steers from Balgree, Goomeri sold for $3.83 ($820).

Droughtmaster steers from Alan May, Mt Perry sold for $3.79 to return $796.

Limousin cross steers from the Leitch Family, Gympie made $3.61 ($939).

Generally, weaner steers sold from $3.20 to $3.85.

Feeder heifers were limited in supply and sold to a top of $3.14, but generally sold from $2.82 to $3.03.

Quality Charbray weaner heifers from Brett Dodds, Hivesville sold for $3.37 to return $846.

High grade Brahman heifers from 'Yenda', Gayndah sold for $3.69 ($833) and $3.57 ($684).

Good conditioned vealer heifers sold from $3.08 to $3.28.

Cows and calves sold to a top of $1400.

Next Sale is a meatworks and store sale next Monday, June 5.

Moreton cattle

AGENTS Boyd O'Brien Bartholomew reported a yarding of 698 cattle at Moreton on Tuesday.

Values for veal and yearlings were slightly dearer than last week with cattle returning to paddock and feeders stronger.

Trade cattle were cheaper, export remained firm with bullocks selling stronger because of quality.

Euro x yearling heifers account M & S Wilson of Blackbutt sold for 336.2c/kg weighing 330kg to return $1109.

Pat Casey of Willowbank sold d'master weaner steers for 355.2c/kg to return $742.

Beechmont Cattle Co of Hollywell sold pasture heifers for 325.2c/kg weighing 305kg to return $991.

Dobbs Family Trust of Camp Hill sold pasture steers for 328.2 c/kg weighing 505kg to return $1657.

Limousin Pasture Steers account G Boughen sold for 286.2c/kg weighing 725kg to return $2074.

Charbray feeder steers account M Newton sold for 328.0 c/kg weighing 527kg to return $1730.

Santa x feeder heifers account Beechmont Cattle Co sold for 320c/kg weighing 374kg to return $1196.

Dairy cull cows account Ralph Meagher of Toogoolawah sold for 200 c/kg weighing 635kg to return $1270.

Medium cows account R Reck of Gatton sold cows for 238.2c/kg weighing 680kg to return $1619.

Enks & Zieke of Esk sold cows for 241.2c/kg weighing 685kg to return $1652.

S C Williams sold bulls for 271.2c/kg weighing 625kg to return $1620.

Warwick cattle

THERE was a small reduction in supply and overall quality was mixed.

A fair panel of export buyers was present and most were operating, however some of the feeder buyers were absent from the market.

Young light weight cattle continued to receive very strong support from restockers.

Medium weight yearling steers to feed sold to a cheaper trend, however heavy weight yearling steers to feed and all classes of yearling heifers sold to strong demand.

The younger end of the heavy grown steers to export slaughter also received strong support.

Cows experienced a mixed trend with plain condition classes 6c/kg dearer while good heavy cows experienced no change in price.

Light weight steer calves to restockers made to 444.2c while light weight heifer calves made to 410c with a fair number of mixed sex calves averaging close to 380c/kg.

Vealer heifers to feed made to 340.2c to average 335c and a small selection to the trade made to 343.2c/kg.

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock mostly sold around 376c with sales to 405.2c/kg.

Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 326c and made to 343.2c and heavy weights to feed mostly sold in the 320c/kg range.

Light weight yearling heifers to feed averaged close to 328c and made to 333.2c/kg.

Medium weight yearling heifers to feed mostly sold around 305c with a few better condition classes making to 325.2c/kg.

Heavy grown steers to export slaughter made to 305.2c to average 285c and less than a handful of bullocks made to 280.2c/kg.

Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 205c and made to 210.2c and the 3 scores averaged 215c/kg.

A small selection of good heavy cows averaged 227c and made to 230.2c/kg.

Heavy bulls made to 277.2c/kg to return $2,966/head.

Roma store

ROMA Store sale saw a yarding of 4067 head today down 3300 on last week.

Supply and demand had its way with all buyers present feeling the pinch as prices were driven higher by quality.

The top of the lighter weaner steers came in at 455.2 to average 409c/kg.

Yearling Steers in the 220-350 kg range made to a top of 429.2c to average 371c/kg.

Heavier yearling steers over 400kg made to a top of 327.2c, to average 295c/kg.

Yearling heifers made to a top of 402.2c, to average 298c/kg.

Heifer calves made to 436.2c/kg.

Grown heifers made to a top of 292.2c, while over 600kg grown steers made to 291c/kg.

Cows in the 300-400kg range made to 229.2 to average 199c/kg.

Cows in the 400-500kg range made to 235c, to average 207c and well conditioned cows to slaughter over 500kg made to a top of 236.2 to average 226c/kg.

Bulls under 400 kg made to a top of 382.2, to average 300c, while heavier bulls made to a top of 288.2c, averaging 264c/kg.

Four year old cows with calves at foot came in at a top of $1800 dollars.

Dalby cattle

THE trend of smaller numbers continued with agents penning less than half of the previous week's level.

The quality of cows and bullocks was once again boosted by a large consignment from Bourke in New South Wales.

A good panel of feeder operators and restockers was present and active plus the usual export buyers however not all were operating.

Restockers lifted prices on light weight yearling steers by 10c while the light weight yearling heifers returning to the paddock improved by a further 30c/kg.

Medium and heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 9c better and medium and heavy weight yearling heifers to feed lifted by a similar amount.

The better quality lines of heavy grown steers and bullocks to export slaughter experienced a lift in price.

The younger end of the heavy grown steers were noticeably dearer and the bullock portion made near to 9c/kg better.

Cows tended to struggle at times however after the sale of a large run of high yielding cows average prices improve by 5c/kg.

Steer calves returning to the paddock made to 406.2c and heifer calves 378.2c with the mixed sex calves mostly around 378c/kg.

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to 410.2c with a large sample at 383c/kg.

Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 337c and made to 343.2c while a good number of heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 327c and made to 336.2c/kg.

Light weight yearling heifers returning to the paddock made to 378.2c to average 345c/kg.

The better end of the medium weight yearling heifers to feed made to 322.2c with the largest numbers around 302c/kg.

Heavy weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 290c and made to 307.2c/kg.

Heavy grown steers to export slaughter made to a top of 315.2c with a large number of them making near 302c/kg.

Bullocks made to 298.2c to average 281c/kg.

Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 200c and made to 205.2c/kg.

A large sample of good heavy cows sold for 227c with a few pens to 234.2c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 246.2c/kg.

Roma prime

THERE was a yarding of 607 head last week at the Roma Prime Sale.

Quality was good with all buyers present and operating.

Grown heifers over 450 kg made to a top of 280c, to average 266c/kg.

Grown heifers in the 350-450kg range made to a top of 242.2c to average 221c/kg. 4 - 6 tooth steers to slaughter over 500kg made to 292.2c to average 276c/kg.

The majority of the yarding was cows to slaughter over 500 kg making to a top of 237.2c, to average 225c/kg.

Cows in the 400-500kg range made to a top of 234.2c to average 229c/kg.

Bulls in the 400 - 600 kg range made to a top of 246.2c to average 232c, while heavier bulls over 600kg made to a top of 261.2c, for an average of 234c/kg.

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