Tooowoomba region livestock sales

TOUR GROUP: Roma Saleyards manager Terry Hyland (back centre) gives a tour of the yards to a group of Iraqi agronomists last week on a tour of Australia.
TOUR GROUP: Roma Saleyards manager Terry Hyland (back centre) gives a tour of the yards to a group of Iraqi agronomists last week on a tour of Australia.

Toowoomba Elders

THE number of cattle yarded was up slightly, consisting of a large percentage of young cattle and a mixed yarding of grown cattle.

The NLRS reported a yarding of 852 head, up 62 head on the previous sale.

Quality of the young cattle was fairly mixed with limited numbers of finished trade cattle, as most young cattle were in plain condition.

Vealer heifers sold to a cheaper trend.

Trade yearling steers gained 2c after selling to 217.2c/kg.

Trade yearling heifers held firm to average about 170c/kg.

Light feeder steers remained firm, however restocker cattle attracted limited interest.

The yarding of export cattle consisted of a good run of bullocks and grown steers and a fair penning of cows and heifers.

Bullocks and grown steers sold firm to slightly dearer to average about 180c/kg, while cows were firm to 2c/kg dearer.

Toowoomba Landmark

THE number of cattle yarded was up slightly consisting of a good supply of yearlings, especially heifers, while there was only an odd vealer.

NLRS reported a yarding of 800 head, up 73 head on the previous sale.

There was a good yarding of export cattle.

The quality of the young cattle was good, with several consignments of yearling steers and heifers that were off crop and supplementary-fed along with some plainer grades.

The market was firm to cheaper, with trade yearling steers selling firm, topping at 183.2c/kg, while trade yearling heifers, most supplementary- fed, sold firm to 2c/kg lower, topping at 190c/kg for lightweights and averaging

175c/kg for medium-weight heifers.

Feeder cattle attracted limited interest and sold at much lower prices.

The yarding of export cattle was made up of a very good offering of bullocks and steers, a fair penning of cows and heifers.

Bullocks and steers sold firm to 5c/kg cheaper, topping at 188.6c/kg to average about 176c/kg.

The cow market was back by 3c/kg to 4c/kg.

Toowoomba O'Sullivan

AGAIN overall numbers lifted this week with consignments of trade and store types from western areas.

The overall condition of the yarding was good, with a few plainer types being yarded.

The export market remained fully firm for cows and bullocks and in places a little better.

Prime trade sold to fully firm rates, as did prime milk vealers.

Only one sale is left this year before the Christmas break starts.

Droughtmaster steers from Kingaroy 592kg sold for 184.8c/kg for $1094 a head.

Craig and Kathy Knauth, Nungil, Brymaroo sold milk vealer heifers for 200c/kg for a top of $560 a head.

Angus bullocks 637kg from Maidenwell sold for 177.2c/kg for $1129 a head.

Limousin bulls from Kilburnie 875kg sold for 174.6c/kg for $1527 a head.

Simmental steers from Kingaroy 575kg sold for 183.2c/kg for $1053 a head.

Limousin-cross steers grain-assisted 680kg sold for 188.6c/kg for $1282, also angus heifers 370kg for 180c/kg.

Angus cows and calves sold to $755 a unit.

Hereford steers 575kg from Pittsworth sold for 181.8c/kg for $1045 a head.

Charolais heifers 250kg from Pittsworth sold for 180.2c/kg for $450 a head.

Belmont red heifers 293kg sold for 163.6c/kg for $479 a head.

Charolais cross steers from Chinchilla 554kg sold for 183c/kg for $1014 a head.

Dalby cattle

A COMBINATION of dry weather and the third last sale for the year resulted in another large yarding.

Agents yarded 5937 head, down 355 on the previous sale.

Overall quality was very mixed with increased numbers of three-score heavy steers and bullocks included in the line-up.

Buyer attendance was good with only major export processes present and operating.

Prices for lightweight young cattle to restockers and processes turned around from the much cheaper prices of the previous sale to average 5c/kg better.

However, medium- and heavy- weight classes continued to slip a further 2c to 3c/kg.

The better end of the heavy steers and bullocks lost 1c to 2c, while plain-condition lines averaged 6c to 7c/kg cheaper.

Cows also lost ground in prices to average 1c to 3c/kg less.

A large number of calves returned to the paddock at 203c with sales to 220.2c/kg.

Vealer heifers averaged 197c/kg and sold to 201.2c/kg.

A large number of lightweight yearling steers returned to the paddock 5c/kg dearer at 197c/kg with sales to 209.2c/kg.

A fair selection of D muscle lines averaged 176c/kg.

Heavy yearling steers to feed generally sold to firm demand, however the drop in the overall standard allowed average prices to ease by 2c to 182c/kg.

Lightweight yearling heifers averaged 186c/kg, while the D muscle classes mostly sold around 160c/kg.

Heavy yearling heifers to the trade lost 7c/kg to average 164c/kg.

A large number of 3 score heavy steers to export slaughter averaged 163c/kg, while the better lines averaged 177c/kg and sold to 183.2c/kg.

Plain condition bullocks were well supplied and averaged 163c/kg.

Good heavy bullocks averaged 177c/kg and sold to 182c/kg.

Certified grain-fed bullocks also averaged 177c/kg and made to 181.2c/kg.

Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 119c/kg, and the 3 scores averaged 131c/kg.

Good heavy cows made to 153.2c/kg with a fair selection at 144c/kg.

Heavy bulls made to 167.2c/kg.

Moreton grain-assist

AGENTS Boyd O'Brien Bartholomew reported a yarding of 885 head of cattle at Moreton on Tuesday.

The yarding consisted of mainly plainer and feeder types, which sold well.

Yearlings and vealers were cheaper than last week's rates.

Good trade cattle sold well with export cattle selling very well.

The last sale for 2012 is next week.

D and B Pratten, Mt Kilcoy sold brangus vealer steers for 179.6c/kg weighing 170kg to return $305 a head.

Gary Campbell, Rosewood sold yearling steers for 181.6c/kg weighing 180kg to return $326 a head.

No.1 brahman heifers account J and C Mcloughlin, Rolleston sold for 164.6c/kg weighing 247kg to return $407 a head.

Santa yearling steers account L Bateman, Flagstone Creek, sold for 173.6c/kg, weighing 288kg to return $501 a head.

R Berthelson, Mundubbera, sold euro weaner heifers for 175.6c/kg weighing 194kg to return $340 a head.

Euro yearling steers account A and J Riddell, Glamorganvale sold for 170.6c/kg weighing 305kg to return $521 a head.

J and N Bird, Benarkin sold euro heifers, grain assist for 206.6c/kg weighing 345kg to return $712 a head.

Symbol D Grazing, Kilcoy sold grain-assist angus steers for 198.6c/kg weighing 375kg to return $744 a head.

Euro steers grain-assist account Tinton Grazing, Esk sold for 205.6c/kg weighing 190kg to return $390 a head.

Warwick sheep

IN A similar yarding of lambs and a larger yarding of sheep, the market was cheaper for all descriptions.

Agents yarded 1134 lambs and hoggets, and 512 sheep at the weekly sale on November 28.

Joppich Pastoral of Ellangowna held the top lambs account, selling for $89 a head to Paynes Meats.

Quotations: Cross-bred lambs 46-55kg $81-$89, cross-bred lambs 40-45kg $82.50-$89, cross-bred lambs 38-42kg $78-$82.50. Cross-bred hoggets 52.5kg $55 (shorn).

Toowoomba pigs

JUST on 40 pigs were yarded with quality pork selling to firm rates.

Bacon pigs were dearer and backfatter sows were in short supply and sold to dearer prices.

Store and weaner pigs were in larger numbers and sold to very strong rates, similar to last week.


Prime pork 250-300c/kg, prime light bacon 245-257c/kg, prime bacon 240-270c/kg, boars 17c/kg, sows to 148c/kg.

Forward stores $110-$140, weaners $75-$95, suckers $40.

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