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SALEYARD SNAPSHOT: Elders sales agent Mick O'Keefe (second from left) catches up with Denis, Lloyd and Evan Janke of Peranga at the Elders cattle sales on Monday.
SALEYARD SNAPSHOT: Elders sales agent Mick O'Keefe (second from left) catches up with Denis, Lloyd and Evan Janke of Peranga at the Elders cattle sales on Monday. Tara Miko

Toowoomba Elders

THE forecast of some rain reduced supply to less than half of the previous week.

  • A fair panel of buyers was present and operating.
  • A mixed quality line-up of young cattle dominated the selling pens along with a relatively short supply of heavy grown steers, bullocks and cows.
  • Prices for young cattle improved in places however export lines were noticeably dearer by 5c to 10c/kg.
  • The occasional vealer steer sold to the butcher trade at 200c/kg. Lightweight yearling steers to feeders averaged 163c, while a few to restockers sold from 173c to 178.2c/kg.
  • Medium weights to feeder buyers averaged 171c, while a small number of heavyweights made to 180.2c, to average 179c/kg. Processor purchases made to 194.2c to average 193c/kg. Lightweight yearling heifers mostly sold in the mid 150c/kg range with some supplementary fed classes making to 188c/kg.
  • Heavy grown steers made to 192.2c to average 190c and a small number of bullocks made to 188.2c/kg.
  • Medium weight plain condition cows averaged 100c and made to 110.2c/kg, while good quality heavy cows made to 155.2c to average 148c/kg.
  • Heavy bulls made to 168.2c/kg.

Toowoomba Landmark

THE slightly smaller yarding contained a mixed quality line-up of most categories.

  • A fair panel of buyers was present and included the usual export processors, along with trade and feeder operators and a limited number of restocker buyers. The better end of the young cattle managed to improve in price, while light weight plain condition lines experienced very little change.
  • The small selection of heavy grown steers, bullocks and cows sold to a dearer trend.
  • A handful of calves returned to the paddock at 147c, with some to 180c/kg.
  • Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 170c and sold to 175c/kg. Medium weights to the trade averaged 173c and sold to 176c/kg. Heavy weights to feeders averaged 179c, while slaughter descriptions averaged 181c with sales to 184c/kg.
  • The best of the light weight yearling heifers averaged in the 150c range and D muscle lines sold from 113c to 132c/kg.
  • Medium weights to local butchers made to 167c to average 162c/kg.
  • Heavy grown steers made to 190c to average 183c, while bullocks averaged 185c and sold to 190c/kg.
  • A small selection of medium weight 2 score cows averaged 120c and 3 scores were close to 130c/kg.
  • Good heavy cows averaged 144c and sold to 146c/kg.
  • Heavy bulls made to 161c/kg.

Toowoomba O'Sullivan

WITH talk of some handy rain for the region overall numbers reduced to 330 head.

  • It was a very mixed quality yarding with no western lines being yarded.
  • A few good heavy steers supplementary fed were yarded selling to close to 190c.
  • Not much change in cow price while heavy heifers were slightly dearer.
  • A bit more confidence in the local trade area with sales improving with previous sales.
  • Restockers again in market operating on weaner steers and some lighter conditioned heifers.
  • Angus cross heifers from Crows nest 472kg sold for 152.2c for $719, Droughtmaster Bulls 760kg sold for 161.2c for $1225, Santa Steers grain assisted 500kg sold for 184.2c for $921, Limousin cross steers 525kg sold for 190c for $997, 6-tooth Hereford heifers 445kg sold for 154.2c, Red Angus Steers 406kg sold for 179.6c for $730, Blonde Cross steers 510kg sold for 178.2c for $908, Herford Heifers ex Oakey 487kg sold for 163.2c, Guernsey Cows 590kg ex dairy sold for 112.2c, and Charbray steers 365kg sold for 170.2c for $621.

Warwick cattle

DESPITE some scattered falls of rain in parts of the supply area, numbers remained close to the previous week.

  • There was a wide variation in the quality of the young cattle.
  • A fair sample of heavy grown steers and bullocks were penned and most of the cows were heavy 3 and 4 scores.
  • A fair panel of buyers was present, with representatives covering all categories.
  • Apart from some lightweight classes most of the young cattle improved in price, with stronger support from restockers and feeder operators. Extra butcher competition along with stronger processor demand lifted average prices on heavy yearling steers by 7c/kg.
  • Heavy grown steers and bullocks gained 3c to 5c and cows were noticeably dearer to average 5c to 11c/kg better.
  • Calves to restockers average 169c and sold to 171c/kg.
  • A small selection of vealer heifers sold to local butchers to average in the early to mid 190c range, with the occasional sale to 217c/kg.
  • Lightweight yearling steers returning to the paddock sold to a dearer market to average 181c, with sales to 188c/kg.
  • Medium weight yearling steers to feed mostly sold in the early to mid 170c/kg range.
  • Heavy weights to feed averaged 4c dearer at 176c and sold to 183c, while slaughter descriptions averaged 187c and sold to 197c/kg.
  • Medium weight yearling heifers to the trade averaged 12c dearer at 171c, with sales to 195c/kg. Heavy weights also to the trade improved 7c to average 167c/kg.
  • Heavy grown steers averaged 190c and made to 195c and bullocks also averaged 190c and made to 194c/kg.
  • A small selection of heavy grown heifers made to 186c, to average 184c/kg.
  • Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 9c dearer at close to 125c and 3 scores averaged 136c and made to 141c/kg.
  • Heavy 3 scores averaged 142c, while good heavy cows averaged 155c with a few to 164c/kg. Heavy bulls to processors made to 173c/kg.

Dalby cattle

THE supply of stock experienced very little change and buyer representation was good and most were operating.

  • There was a wide variation in the quality of the young cattle and this affected average prices in places.
  • A fair sample of good quality heavy grown steers and bullocks was penned along with a mixed quality line-up of cows. Restockers displayed more interest on the light and medium weight yearling steers and prices lifted accordingly.
  • A slip in the standard of the heavy yearling steers to feed allowed average prices to ease, however top quality lines met strong demand.
  • Heavy grown steers and bullocks sold to a dearer trend and cows regained the losses of the previous sale.
  • Lightweight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to a top of 194.2c, with a fairly large sample at 180c and D muscle lines averaged 143c/kg.
  • Medium weight yearling steers were well supplied and most sold to feeder operators at 169c, while the remainder returned to the paddock at 186c with sales to 198.2c/kg.
  • Heavy feeders mostly sold in the mid to high 170c range with one pen to 186.2c/kg.
  • Export processors stepped in on the slaughter descriptions and paid to 191.2c with most at 181c/kg. Lightweight yearling heifers to feed, restockers and slaughter averaged in the early 140c/kg range.
  • Medium weights to the trade averaged 155c and heavyweights averaged 10c dearer at 167c, with sales to 178.2c/kg. Heavy 3 score grown steers averaged 169c, while the better lines averaged 187c and sold to 191.2c/kg.
  • Bullocks made to 190.2c to average 182c/kg.
  • Restockers provided very strong support on lightweight poor condition cows with sales to 140.2c, while most averaged 116c/kg. Medium weight 2 scores to processors averaged 114c and 3 scores 132c/kg.
  • Good heavy cows generally sold around 144c with the occasional sale to 157.2c/kg.
  • Heavy bulls made to 174.2c/kg.

Moreton grain-assist

AGENTS reported a yarding of 525 head of cattle at Moreton on Tuesday.

  • Values for vealer and yearlings improved especially the better quality.
  • Feeder cattle sold well with strong competition, good trade were in limited supply.
  • All export cattle improved.
  • Yearling heifers account K and C Armstrong, Beaudesert, sold for 180.2c weighing 538kg to return $970.
  • D and B Pratten, Mt Kilcoy, sold yearling steers for 148.2c weighing 254kg to return $476. Pasture steers account Fernbank Pasture Co. Kilcoy sold for 187.2c weighing 478kg to return $895.
  • B and R Klan, Peak Crossing sold pasture ox for 186.2c weighing 600kg to return $1117. Dairy culls account Amiens Farming Co. Gleneagle sold for 145.2c to return $972.
  • Medium cows account H Lee, Helidon sold for 157.2c weighing 600kg to return $943. D Pilon, Merimac sold Brangus cows for 160.2c weighing 600kg to return $961. J Jobson, Chambers Flat sold a limousin bull for 174.2c weighing 955kg to return $1663.

Roma prime

A TOTAL of 368 head of cattle were penned at Roma's Prime Sale on Thursday.

  • Steers over 550kg sold to 177c/kg and averaged 164c/kg, while steers in the 400-550kg earned to 174c/kg and averaged 159c/kg.
  • T and J Darlington, Wongabel, Surat, sold droughtmaster steers to 177c/kg for 589kg to return $1043/head with the consignment averaging 172c for 572kg to make $985.
  • M and A Roberts, Tantatton, Roma, sold blonde d'aquitaine steers to 175c for 645kg to return $1130 with the consignment averaging 168c for 627kg to make $1057.
  • Heifers over 450kg sold to 179c/kg and averaged 166c/kg, while heifers in the 350-450kg sold to 140c/kg and averaged 135c/kg.
  • J and Y Freeman, Emoh-Ruo, Roma, sold charolais-cross heifers to 179c for 518kg to return $929 with the consignment averaging 176c for 486kg to make $856.
  • Cows over 500kg peaked at 156c/kg and averaged 137c/kg, while cows in the 400-500kg class topped at 150c/kg and averaged 119c/kg. Cows 300-400kg sold to 108c/kg and averaged 94c/kg.
  • Kindee Pastoral Co sold charolais cows to 156c for 702kg to return $1096 with the consignment averaging 141c for 605kg to make $856.
  • Warren Holzwart, Pebbly Creek, St George, sold Charolais cows to 144c for 697kg to return $1005 with the consignment averaging 139c for 642kg to make $891.
  • Dalco Pastoral, Sugarloaf, Wallumbilla, sold droughtmaster-cross cows to 143c for 576kg to return $825.
  • Maller Pastoral Co, Seven Trees, Wallumbilla, sold hereford-cross cows to 138c for 620kg to return $856.
  • Hendon Park Pastoral Co, Waldrona, Roma, sold brahman cows to 138c for 487kg to return $673 with the consignment averaging 130c for 482kg to make $627.
  • D and J Pobar, Charlton, Roma, sold brahman-cross cows to 135c for 437kg to return $591 with the consignment averaging 122c for 426kg to make $518.
  • Bulls over 600kg topped at 174c/kg and averaged 151c/kg.

Roma store

A TOTAL of 4166 head of cattle were penned at Roma's Store Sale on Tuesday. Weaners under 220kg topped at 192c/kg and averaged 164c/kg, while weaner steers in the 220-280kg range reached 196c/kg and averaged 167c/kg.

  • Steers in the 280-350kg range reached 186c/kg and averaged 159c/kg, and steers in the 350-400kg range reached 178c/kg and averaged 159c/kg. Feeder steers in the 400-550kg range topping at 194c/kg and averaging 186c/kg.
  • J & K Bock, Kilto, Wandoan, sold cross bred steers to 196c/kg for 263kg to return $516/head with the consignment averaging 190c for 258kg to make $490.
  • The cross bred heifers to 152c for 271kg to return $413 with the consignment averaging 141c for 265kg to make $374.
  • G & K Ladbrook, Bulah, Yuleba, sold brangus-cross steers to 194c for 460kg to return $894.
  • D, A, & R Mackay, Beau View, Wallumbilla, sold santa-cross steers to 192c for 501kg to return $963 with the consignment averaging 192c for 480kg to make $924.
  • S & M Russell, Wodonga, Mungalalla, sold charbray steers to 192c for 195kg to return $375 with the consignment averaging 187c for 176kg to make $329.
  • The charbray heifers sold to 150c for 173kg to return $260 with the consignment averaging 150c for 163kg to make $245. G & G Emery, Wyena, Wallumbilla, sold santa-cross steers to 190c for 236kg to return $449.
  • R & S Pether, Roseneath Station, Longreach, sold angus-cross steers to 184c for 280kg to return $515 with the consignment averaging 180c for 245kg to make $442.
  • The angus heifers sold to 146c for 262kg to return $383 with the consignment averaging 141c for 230kg to make $324.
  • N & S Courtice, Ladas Downs, Glenmorgan, sold angus-cross steers to 184c for 262kg to return $483 with the consignment averaging 181c for 246kg to make $446.
  • The angus-cross heifers sold to 164c for 208kg to return $341 with the consignment averaging 157c for 224kg to make $352.
  • A & K Day, Jaccondoll, Barcaldine, sold charbray steers to 184c for 223kg to return $411 with the consignment averaging 184c for 205kg to make $378.
  • The charbray heifers sold to 142c for 225kg to return $320 with the consignment averaging 141c for 202kg to make $285.
  • Rolf Park North, Orinya, Quilpie, sold braford-cross steers to 181c for 240kg to return $434 with the consignment averaging 168c for 247kg to make $417.
  • The braford-cross heifers sold to 143c for 215kg to return $308 with the consignment averaging 141c for 214kg to make $303.
  • Heifers in the 350-450kg range reached 159c/kg and averaged 155c/kg.
  • Heifers in the 280-350kg range topped at 158c/kg and averaged 144c/kg. Heifers in the 220-280kg range topped at 164c/kg and averaged 139c/kg, while heifers under 220kg topped at 164c/kg and averaged 144c/kg.

 

Warwick sheep

IN A similar size yarding of sheep and lambs, the market was firm on last week's rates with the better types a shade dearer.

  • Warwick agents yarded 946 lambs and hoggets, and 402 sheep at the weekly sale on November 6.
  • Top lambs account EH Kruger of Lyndhurst Lane, Warwick, sold for $131 and purchased by Ashtons Butchery. Top wethers account RJ and LJ Sylvester of Largo, Yelarbon, sold for $56 and purchased by Thomas Food Industries.
  • Quotations: cross-bred lambs 46-55kg $90-$131, cross-bred lambs 42-45kg $82-$117, cross-bred lambs 36-42kg $71-$115. Cross-bred hoggets 51kg to $90 (shorn).
  • Skin value of heavy wethers $12, selling to $56 or $2.25/kg dress weight.

Toowoomba pigs

JUST on 300 pigs were yarded with prime pork and bacon selling to excellent rates, mostly in excess of $3.50/kg.

  • Backfatter sows were firm, while the heavy stores and weaner pigs sold the most buoyant market.
  • Quotations: prime pork $3.30-$3.96/kg, prime light bacon $3-$3.45/kg, prime bacon $3.20-$3.90/kg, boars 10c/kg, sows to $1.26/kg.
  • Forward stores $150-$172, weaners $85-$100, suckers $40-$55.

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