- THE slightly smaller yarding was dominated by young cattle, with virtually no bullocks and only a small selection of heavy grown steers and a relatively small supply of cows.
- Agents yarded 778 head, down 188 head on the previous sale.
- Some major export processors were absent from the buying panel, while there was a fair line-up of buyers in the young cattle section.
- Apart from a selected few vealer heifers to local butchers, all other classes of young cattle lost ground in price.
Export slaughter descriptions suffered the most to generally lose 8c/kg to 10c/kg and more in places.
- Calves to restockers made to 195c/kg to average 173c/kg.
- Vealer heifers to local and southern processors averaged 6c cheaper at 157c, while those to local butchers averaged 186c and sold to 205c/kg.
- Lightweight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 193c/kg and sold to 206c/kg.
- Medium weight yearling steers to feed experienced no change in price to average 171c with sales to 180c/kg.
- Heavy feeders averaged 3c less at 154c/kg and sold to 158c/kg.
- Selected medium weight yearling heifers to the trade sold to fair demand to average 171c with sales to 182c/kg.
- A handful of heavy steers to export slaughter averaged close to 150c and made to 154c/kg.
- Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 95c/kg and sold to 112c/kg.
- Heavy 3 scores averaged 114c/kg, while good heavy cows topped at 126c/kg to average 124c/kg.
- Heavy bulls made to 137c/kg.
THE small lift in supply was dominated by young cattle and a very small selection of export classes.
- Agents yarded 605 head, up 177 head on the previous sale.
- Buyer representation in the young cattle section was generally good however not all major export processors were in attendance.
- Top end quality young cattle to restockers and the trade experienced firm demand, while most other classes continued to lose ground in price.
- The small sample of export slaughter lines generally lost 8c to 10c/kg.
- Calves to restockers made to 218.2c/kg with most at 185c/kg.
- Vealer steers with show ring potential were back in the spotlight to make to 238c/kg.
- Vealer heifers to feed average 163c/kg and sold to 177.2c/kg, with the occasional sale to local butchers at 195.2c/kg.
- A fairly large selection of lightweight yearling steers returned to the paddock at 177c with sales to 197.2c/kg.
- Medium weight yearling steers to feed sold to a firm market to average 172c/kg and heavyweights lost 4c to average in the early to mid 150c/kg range.
- Local trade descriptions in the heavy weight range averaged 167c/kg and made to 172.2c/kg.
- Medium weight D muscle yearling heifers averaged 139c/kg, while C3s in the heavy weight range averaged 150c/kg and sold to 169.2c/kg.
- A few heavy grown steers to export slaughter sold 164.2c/kg and a handful of bullocks averaged 153c/kg.
- A couple of good heavy cows made to 128c/kg.
- Heavy bulls made to 143.2c/kg.
BEING a short week, overall sale numbers increased this week with a larger percentage of the cattle being yarded by either local trade or weaners.
- Agents yarded 200 head.
- Very few bullocks and cows were yarded.
- Export lines were back by up to 10c/kg.
- Weaners to restockers sold to firm rates as did any prime butcher trade.
- Competition was again strong on prime vealers suitable for the show ring, selling to 243.6c/kg.
- Prime Angus weaner steers sold to 208c/kg.
- Best heavy bulls sold to 145c/kg.
- All usual buyers were in attendance but operated on reduced rates.
- Blonde d'Aquaitaine steers from Kingaroy suitable for the show ring sold for 243.6c/kg 277kg for $675 a head.
- A balance of the good weaners steers were selling to 200c/kg.
- Prime Hereford cross milk vealers 300kg sold for 189.2c/kg.
- Hereford cows 588kg sold for 118.2c/kg.
- Brahman heifers 410kg sold for 150c/kg for $615 a head.
- Craig Knauth Jondaryan sold grain assisted heifers 425kg for 169.2c/kg.
- Limo weaner steers 218kg sold for 189.2c/kg for $414 a head.
- Angus feeder steers 381kg sold for 170c/kg for $648 a head.
- 335kg Angus steers sold for 176.2c/kg for $590 a head.
- 560kg Santa steers sold for 147.2c/kg for $824 a head.
- Blonde cross steers from Maidenwell 530kg sold for 172.2c/kg for $912 a head.
- Prime vealer hereford heifers 235kg sold for 195.2c/kg for $458 a head.
- Murray Grey bull 715kg sold for 145c/kg.
NUMBERS lifted by 16% and cattle were drawn from a wide area across the central and western districts, with a full panel of buyers present and operating.
- Agents yarded 5891 head, up 805 head on the previous sale.
- Despite the large buying group, prices continued to fall for most slaughter descriptions.
- However young lightweight yearling steers received strong support from restockers.
- Medium and heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 2c to 10c/kg cheaper.
- Heavy grown steers and bullocks to export slaughter sold to a market 4c to 6c/kg less.
- Cows suffered the most in the falling market to lose from 4c to 11c/kg.
- A fair sample of calves returned to the paddock at 194c/kg, with sales to 214.2c/kg.
- A good run of vealer steers also sold to restockers at an average of 198c/kg, with one large consignment reaching 207.2c/kg.
- Vealer heifers to the trade averaged 6c less at 153c/kg, with an occasional sale to 180c/kg.
- A good supply of lightweight yearling steers returned to the paddock at 185c with some to 199.2c/kg.
- D muscled lines averaged 165c/kg.
- Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 165c/kg and sold to 175c/kg.
- The heavyweights mostly sold in the mid 150c/kg range.
- Lightweight yearling heifers lost 8c to 13c/kg to average in the mid to high 140c range.
- The D muscled lines averaged 129c/kg.
- Heavy yearling heifers to feed averaged 140c/kg, with slaughter lines at 146c/kg.
- Heavy grown steers to export slaughter averaged close to 160c/kg, selling to 166.2c/kg.
- A good sample of bullocks averaged 4c cheaper at 161c/kg, with sales to 167.2c/kg.
- A run of full mouth bullocks averaged 141c/kg and sold to 144.2c/kg.
- Medium weight poor conditioned cows averaged 85c/kg, while medium weight 2 scores averaged 103c/kg.
- Good heavy cows mostly sold 11c cheaper at 122c/kg, with an occasional sale to 135c/kg.
- Heavy bulls made to 148.2c/kg.
THE supply of stock fell by 19% and most classes sold to a cheaper market.
- Agents yarded 847 head, down 196 head on the previous sale.
- A reduced number of export buyers were present, while there was fair buyer representation in the young cattle section.
- A selected few very well presented vealer steers and heifers, ideally suited to the local butcher trade, experienced stronger competition.
- However, a small slip in quality resulted in a large drop in price with most other classes of young cattle 5c to 10c/kg cheaper, and up to 17c/kg in places.
- Cows continued to fall in price with reductions of 5c to 10c/kg.
- A large selection of vealer steers returned to the paddock at 181c/kg, with the very occasional sale to 220c/kg.
- Vealer heifers to feed plus local and southern processors averaged 157c/kg.
- The better heavy end of the vealer heifers to local butchers experienced particular attention.
- They sold to 230c/kg with a number of sales over 200c/kg.
- Medium weight yearling steers to feed generally sold in the mid 170c/kg range.
- Heavyweights averaged in the early 150c/kg range and sold to 157c/kg.
- A handful of medium weight yearling heifers to the trade averaged 170c/kg, and D muscle lines averaged 135c/kg.
- A handful of heavy grown steers to export slaughter averaged 153c/kg.
- Cows to restockers averaged 88c/kg and sold to 110c/kg.
- Medium weight 2 scores to slaughter averaged 95c/kg.
- Good heavy cows sold from 113.2c/kg to 123.2c/kg to average 118c/kg.
- Heavy bulls made to 138.6c/kg.
AGENTS Boyd, O'Brien Bartholomew reported a yarding of 468 head of cattle at Moreton on Tuesday.
- The market eased further in line with other centres.
- This was mainly due to the large numbers coming from drought affected areas.
- Limousin yearling steers account J Stiller and Co, Allenview sold for 180c/kg weighing 280kg to return $504 a head.
- Limousin yearling heifers account J Stiller and Co sold for 159.6c/kg weighing 271kg to return $433 a head.
- S Curry, Haigslea sold euro pasture heifers for 166.6c/kg weighing 490kg to return $571.
- M Conroy, Bryden sold euro pasture fed steers for 157.6c/kg weighing 597kg to return $941 a head.
- Rob Dale, Rosewood sold pasture ox for 158.6c/kg weighing 660kg to return $1046 a head.
- Grain assisted heifers account D and M Maycock, Rosewood sold for 159.6c/kg weighing 470kg to return $750 a head.
- Grain fed steers account Carl Young, Beaudesert sold for 161.6c/kg weighing 435kg to return $702 a head.
- Feeder steers account A Werner sold for 160.6c/kg weighing 450kg to return $723 a head.
- Medium grade cows account K and H Robinson, Gatton sold for 129.6c weighing 620kg to return $803 a head.
- Top cows account P Regan, Tallegalla sold for 133.6c/kg weighing 655kg to return $875.
- M Conroy, Bryden sold a charolais bull for 151.6c/kg weighing 880kg to return $1334 a head.
IN A smaller lesser quality yarding of lambs, the better lambs were fully firm on last week's rates.
- Lambs that did not meet market specifications were easier.
- Agents yarded 2115 lambs and hoggets, and 915 sheep at the weekly sale on April 17.
- Top lambs account Robert Deans of Goondiwindi held the top lambs account selling for $108 to Paynes Meats.
- Cross-bred lambs 46-57kg $97-$108, cross-bred lambs 40-45kg $81-$99, cross-bred lambs 38-42kg $66-$94.
- Cross-bred hoggets 50.5kg $52 (shorn).
THERE were 250 pigs yarded with prime pork selling to firm rates similar to last week.
- Prime bacon was dearer.
- Backfatter sows were firm with al store pigs selling to rates close to the previous week.
- Prime pork 245-300c/kg, prime light bacon 228-235c/kg, prime bacon 210-260c/kg, boars 28c/kg, sows to 124c/kg.
- Forward stores $110-$128, weaners $65-$98.
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