A LARGER number of cattle came forward for the combined prime and special store sale. Agents yarded 1202 head, up 459 head on the previous sale.
Overall quality was mixed and virtually no heavy steers and bullocks were penned, however there was a fair line-up of cows. Buyer attendance was good and included extra restocker buyers.
Prices for light and medium-weight yearling steers and heifers returning to the paddock experienced very little change.
The better end of the medium and heavyweight yearling steers and heifers suitable for the local trade market improved by 6c to 10c/kg. All classes of cows generally sold to a dearer trend.
A couple of calves showing potential made to a high of 314.2c/kg, while the remainder sold around 193c/kg.
Lightweight yearling steers to feed averaged 184c/kg while those returning to the paddock made to 200.2c/kg to average 192c/kg. Medium weights to feed and restockers averaged close to 180c/kg and sold to 189.2c/kg.
Heavyweights to the trade made to the occasional 198c/kg with a fair supply at 182c/kg. Lightweight yearling heifers averaged 168c/kg and sold to 171.2c/kg.
Medium weights to feed averaged 168c/kg while slaughter descriptions were in demand and made to 197.2c/kg to average 184c/kg.
Medium-weight plain cows averaged 109c/kg and sold to 118c/kg, while the three scores averaged 131c/kg.
Good heavy cows made to 159.2c/kg with most at 151c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 165.2c/kg.
NUMBERS increased by 36% following the short supply the previous week. Agents yarded 560 head, up 150 head on the previous sale.
The majority of the young cattle either sold to restockers and feeder operators with only a small selection to the trade.
Heavy steers and bullocks were scarce, while a fair supply of cows were penned.
The usual panel of export processors, feeder operators and restockers were present and most were operating.
Apart from the better end of the local trade cattle receiving stronger demand, the remainder of the restocker and feeder classes experienced very little change in price.
Heavy steers, bullocks and cows to export slaughter sold to stronger competition for the quality penned.
Lightweight yearling steers to restockers averaged 195c/kg with the occasional pen to 214.2c/kg.
Plain condition medium-weight yearling steers to feed averaged 176c/kg and sold to 191.2c/kg and a small sample of D-muscle lines averaged 161c/kg. Heavyweights to feed averaged 173c/kg and slaughter descriptions 178c/kg with sales to 187.2c/kg.
The best of the lightweight yearling heifers averaged 167c/kg and medium weights 176c/kg, with D-muscle lines at 157c/kg. Heavyweights to feed averaged 169c/kg and slaughter descriptions 175c/kg.
A handful of bullocks made to 178.6c/kg to average 175c/kg.
Medium-weight plain cows averaged 109c/kg and made to 112c/kg.
The better medium weights averaged 145c/kg and heavy classes averaged 152c/kg and made to 158.6c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 165.2c/kg.
AN INCREASE in numbers also saw a slight increase in price for some export lines. Again only a handful of bullocks were yarded but with a good supply of cows present.
Yearling to butcher trade sold to a solid market while restockers were keen to purchase, paying 214.2c/kg for 290kg angus steers.
Overall heavy steers and bullocks and good cows sold to stronger rates.
Very few bulls were yarded. There were still a few plain types being presented, still attracting limited competition.
Prime grain-assisted gelbvieh steers, 530kg, sold for 187.2c/kg for $992 a head.
Bazadaise heifers 625kg sold for 158.6c/kg for $991 a head.
453kg santa trade steers sold for 179.6c/kg for $814 a head.
Angus steers from Maidenwell, 288kg, sold for 196.2c/kg for $566 a head. A draft of 27 shorthorn/hereford weaner steers sold for 208.2c/kg. 217kg for $452 a head.
Blonde cross steers, 287kg, sold for 182.2c/kg for $522 a head.
Droughtmaster-cross steers from Bell 557kg sold for 178.6c/kg for $995 a head.
Goondiwindi hereford cows 670kg sold for 147.6c/kg for $988 a head.
Angus steers from Yarraman, 290kg, sold for 214.2c/kg for $622 a head. Angus heifers 306kg sold for 174.2c/kg for $533 a head.
NUMBERS climbed to the highest level since January 2003. Agents yarded 8486 head, up 4131 head on the previous sale.
Overall quality was mixed with large numbers of feeder and restocker classes.
The usual panel of processor and feeder operators were present along with an increased number of restocker buyers. The larger numbers allowed average prices to vary, however feeder operators and restockers were able to absorb the increased numbers plus maintain the prices similar to the previous sale.
Heavy steers and bullocks to export slaughter lost 3c to 7c/kg with half of the reduction in price due to quality. Cow prices generally managed to remain within 1c to 2c/kg of the previous week.
Calves returning to the paddock averaged 194c/kg with sales to 204.2c/kg and poorer lines 175c/kg.
A large supply of lightweight yearling steers returned to the paddock at an average of 194c/kg with one consignment making to 218.2c/kg.
Medium weights returning to the paddock averaged 186c/kg and sold to 199.2c/kg.
Heavy yearling steers to feed averaged from 172c/kg to 174c/kg with sales to 178.2c/kg, and a few slaughter descriptions averaged 182c/kg. Lightweight yearling heifers met lacklustre demand with the better end averaging in the high 160c/kg to early 170c/kg range, however D-muscle lines mainly sold around 148c/kg.
Heavy yearling heifers to the trade made to the occasional 190c/kg with the largest numbers at 168c/kg.
Heavy steers to export slaughter averaged 182c/kg and made to 190.2c/kg.
A fair supply of bullocks mostly sold around 177c/kg with some supplementary fed lines reaching 189.2c/kg.
Medium-weight two-score cows averaged 122c/kg and sold to 130.2c/kg.
Good heavy cows were in the largest numbers and made to 157.2c/kg on a number of occasions with most at 148c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 172.2c/kg.
NUMBERS remain close to the previous week.
Agents yarded 1120 head, up 95 head on the previous sale.
Apart from a few well-bred classes in the yarding of young cattle the remainder either sold to restockers or feeder operators. The export section contained a small sample of heavy steers and bullocks and a fair selection of cows.
Values for the better end of the vealers yearling steers and heifers suitable for local butcher trade improved 2c/kg and up to 10c/kg in places.
The remainder of the young cattle experienced no change in price.
A lift in the standard of the heavy steers and bullocks saw average prices, 2c to 4c/kg better. Cows generally sold to a dearer trend with improvements of 2c to 4c/kg.
Vealer steers to restockers averaged 205c/kg and sold to 206.2c/kg.
Vealer heifers to feed averaged 182c/kg while the better lines sold local to butchers at 211.6c/kg with a small selection averaging 202c/kg.
Lightweight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 196c/kg and sold to 206.2c/kg, and D-muscle lines averaged 170c/kg.
Medium-weight yearling steers to feed mostly sold around 180c/kg with some to 189.2c/kg.
Heavy yearling steers to feed averaged to better at 176c/kg and a handful of slaughter descriptions also averaged 2c dearer at 178c/kg with sales to 189.2c/kg. Medium-weight yearling heifers to feed were well supplied with most sales from 164c/kg to 168c/kg.
Moreton female sale
AGENTS Boyd O'Brien Bartholomew reported a yarding of 550 females on Saturday for their annual Moreton Female Sale.
The market for quality females remained strong with competition from both local and travelled buyers.
Clifton Park Charolais Stud sold a stud charolais cow with a cracking bull calf at foot for $1350, purchased by QLD Cattle Co, Lowood.
Carinya Hills, Lamington, made $1050 a head for santa cows with charolais-cross calves at foot, purchased by Luke Gieger, Boonah.
EC and EE Hardgrave sold quality santa cows with young santa calves at foot for $1000 a head to Luke Gieger.
D and B Pratten, Mt Kilcoy, sold brangus cows and calves for $760 a head to Tamborine Farm Trust, Tamborine.
D Kent and C Steinke sold brahman-cross cows and calves for $780 a head to John and Alison Weatherall, Boonah. N Loveday sold simmental-cross cows and calves for $770 a head to Shane Muller, Boonah.
Quality santa heifers that had been running with a bull on account of Carinya Hills Pastoral, Lamington, sold for $885 a head to E Matherson, Blackbutt. University of Qld, Gatton College sold unjoined red angus heifers for $710 to John Duncan, Helidon.
Unjoined santa heifers account of Cunningham Pastoral, Tarome, sold to a top of $700 a head to N and C Jennings, Woodridge.
AGENTS Boyd, O'Brien Bartholomew reported a yarding of 634 cattle at Moreton on Tuesday.
Values for veal and yearling remained unchanged. Trade cattle were in limited supply and sold to slightly dearer rates. Feeder cattle improved in value, due to weather. All export cattle sold to stronger rates.
Pfingst/Briant sold brangus vealer heifers for 178.6c/kg, weighing 207kg to return $370 a head. Euro-cross vealer heifers, account A Welk of Laidley, sold for 170.6c/kg weighing 187kg to return $319 a head. I and D Williams sold euro-cross vealer steers for 177.6c/kg weighing 221kg to return $393 a head. Santa-cross yearling steers, account G Cooper, sold for 175.6c/kg weighing 245kg to return $430 a head.
Tinton Grazing sold angus-cross steers, grain assist, for 192.6c/kg weighing 490kg to return $943 a head. Droughtmaster-cross feeder steers, account D Hecklemann, sold for 178.6c/kg weighing 435kg to return $776 a head.
Brahman-cross steers, pasture fed, account R and D Crosby, sold for 176.6c/kg weighing 535kg to return $944 a head.
D Hedges of Iredale sold pasture-fed steers for 184.6c/kg weighing 565kg to return $1042 a head.
Graham Isbell, Coulson sold droughtmaster ox for 186.6c/kg weighing 570kg to return $1063 a head.
Pasture fed heifers, account Barraclough Partnership of Toogoolawah, sold for 163.6c/kg weighing 492kg to return $805 a head.
Jon Wagner of Palen Creek sold pasture-fed limousin heifers for 166.6c/kg weighing 495kg to return $824 a head.
D and V McAlpine sold droughtmaster ox for 171.6c/kg weighing 563kg to return $966 a head. Charolais-cross ox account M McConnell sold for 168.6c/kg, weighing 500kg, to return $843 a head. Ochkit P/L sold brahman cows for 160.2c/kg weighing 615kg to return $985 a head.
G Reiser sold euro-cross cows for 167.6c/kg weighing 635kg to return $1064 a head.
SULLIVAN Livestock yarded 1297 cattle at the Gympie Cattle Sale held Monday, where the market for heavier cattle remained firm, while young cattle were dearer.
Droughtmaster steers 0-2 teeth from Philip Kirk, Maryborough, sold for 175c/kg to return $800 a head.
Droughtmaster steers 0-4 teeth sold for 175c/kg or $741 and $726 a head.
The Redford Family sold doughtmaster steers for 176c/kg or $750 a head.
Brangus steers from the Woodward Family sold for 181c/kg and 183c/kg or $632 and $577 respectively.
European-cross steers, 10 months, from the Roberts Family, Sandy Creek sold for 185c/kg or $611 a head. Good quality limousin-cross steers, 8 months, from the Glasby Family sold for 206c/kg to return $593 a head.
Limousin-cross weaner steers from Keith Wolgast sold for 215c/kg to return $527 a head.
European-cross steers from Lance Atthow, Manumbar, sold for 209c/kg or $507 a head. Charbray steers, 6 months, from the Salmond Family sold for 203c/kg or $483 a head.
Charbray steers from Digga Holdings, Gunalda, sold for 211c/kg to return $496 and $474 a head. Patterson Pastoral Co, Theebine, sold droughtmaster-cross weaner steers for 202c/kg or $415 a head. sDroughtmaster steers from Des Beutel Sandy Creek, sold for 201c/kg to return $434 and $400 a head. Generally better quality weaner steers sold from 185c/kg to 215c/kg.
Heavy feeder heifers were limited in supply, selling to a top of 175c/kg for limousin-cross heifers from John and Leslie Groves, Mary's Creek, returning $617 a head. Brahman-cross heifers from LA Fricke, South Kolan, sold for 165c/kg or $519 a head. Charbray heifers No 2s from Daddamarine Pty Ltd sold for 178c/kg or $509 and $481 a head.
High-grade brahman heifers from GML Past Co, Booubyjan, sold for 162c/kg or $545, 166c/kg or $518 and 160c/kg.
Charbray weaner heifers from Digga Holdings, Gunalda, sold for 177c/kg. European-cross heifers 6 months from Lance Atthow, Manumbar sold for 189c/kg or $464 a head.
IN a larger yarding of lambs and a smaller yarding of sheep, the market was firm on last week's rates for all descriptions. Agents yarded 1811 lambs and hoggets, and 197 sheep at the weekly sale on February 13.
TAFE College of Warwick held the top lambs account selling for $122 a head to David Wyvill. Quotations: Cross-bred lambs 46-55kg, $86-$94. Cross-bred lambs 40-45kg, $85-$94. Cross-bred lambs 38-42kg, $77-$84.
THERE were 212 pigs yarded with prime pork and bacon slightly easier with the onset of Lent. Backfatter sows were cheaper and store pigs sold to a patchy market depending on size and type.
Quotations: Prime pork 254-300c/kg, prime light bacon 248-277c/kg, prime bacon 245-270c/kg, sows to 128c/kg. Forward stores $110-$140, weaners $50-$92.
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