THE slightly smaller yarding contained virtually no good heavy grown steers and bullocks and only a small selection of cows, plus a large line-up of young cattle.
- Agents yarded 738 head, down 40 head on the previous sale.
- The export buying panel was similar to the previous week. There was fair buyer representation in the young cattle section.
- Restockers displayed less interest in lightweight yearling steers.
- Vealer heifers to local and southern processors suffered price reductions of 15c/kg, but a select few top-end quality lines experienced strong demand from local butchers.
- Medium-weight plain-condition cows remained firm, while a handful of good heavy cows lost ground in value.
- Vealer heifers to feed averaged 163c/kg and sold to 171.2c/kg.
- Slaughter descriptions averaged 141c/kg, and D muscle lines 136c/kg.
- A handful of well-presented lines sold to local butchers at 196.2c/kg.
- Light and medium-weight yearling steers to feed averaged close to 160c/kg, while heavy feeders averaged 1c/kg dearer at 155c/kg, with sales to 162.2c/kg.
- The better end of the medium-weight yearling heifers made to 170c/kg, while D muscle classes mostly sold in the 120c/kg range.
- Heavy yearling heifers to the trade averaged 151c/kg and sold to 159.2c/kg.
- Medium-weight two-score cows averaged 96c/kg and a few heavy two-score Friesian cows 107.2c/kg.
- A couple of good heavy cows averaged 114c/kg and sold to 118c/kg.
THE trend of a few less cattle continued, and buyer attendance in the young cattle section was good.
- But not all the major export processors were present.
- Agents yarded 545 head, down 60 head on the previous sale.
- Young cattle experienced a wide variation in price, with only top-end quality lines receiving strong support from restockers.
- Vealer heifers to the trade continued to meet a subdued market, while the limited number of better-quality lines to butchers were in demand.
- Plain-condition cows experienced very little change in price, and apart from a pen of outstanding good heavy cows, the remainder of the better classes eased in value.
- Vealer steers to restockers mostly sold at about 192c/kg.
- Once again, the battle to secure some with show ring potential continued, with sales to 238c/kg.
- Vealer heifers to feed averaged 153c/kg, while slaughter classes averaged 143c/kg, with some to local butchers at 192.2c/kg.
- Lightweight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 176c/kg and medium weights to feed 162c/kg.
- The small selection of medium weight yearling heifers to the trade made to 175c/kg, while a fair supply of heavyweights averaged 145c/kg.
- A handful of bullocks averaged 152c/kg and sold to 155c/kg.
- A fair selection of grown heifers averaged 135c/kg and sold to 138c/kg.
- Medium weight two score cows sold in a range from 79.2c/kg to 98.2c/kg.
- Good heavy cows were in the largest numbers, with most at 118c, with the very isolated sale to 130.2c/kg to return $965 a head.
- Heavy bulls made to 140c/kg.
FEWER numbers came forward to a very mixed market for quality and price.
- Agents yarded 170 head.
- A limited numbers of cows were on offer, as were bullocks and a few heavy steers sold to 162.2c/kg.
- Restockers were again strong on the better lines of weaners, and again competition on some potential show ring steers sold to 238c/kg, with a balance of weaner steers selling to 209c/kg.
- A few good butcher heifers sold to 192.2c/kg, with most in the high 140/150 range.
- Good angus cross feeder steers sold to 194.2c/kg.
- Most of the usual buyers were in attendance and operated on reduced rates.
- A draft of 27 shorthorn/hereford steers sold to a top of 200.2c/kg for $434 a head.
- Hereford cross feeder steers from Oakey 398kg sold for 158.2c/kg for $630 a head.
- Quality angus cross steers from Wandoan 275kg sold for 194.2c/kg for $534; heifers 255kg also sold for 173.6c/kg. 596kg santa cows sold for 115c/kg for $685 a head.
- Limousin steers from Ramsay 233kg sold for 238c/kg for $555 a head. A limousin bull 800kg sold for 140c/kg for $1120 a head. Santa heifers 537kg sold for 130c/kg for $698 a head. Blonde cross heifers 325kg sold for 193.2c/kg for $627 a head. Limo cross heifers suitable for butcher trade 370kg sold for 192.2c/kg for $711 a head.
NUMBERS eased by 15% and overall quality was very mixed.
- Agents yarded 5031 head, down 860 head.
- The usual field of buyers displayed less interest and prices slipped across most categories.
- Young lightweight cattle to restockers, feeder operators and the trade suffered losses of more than 20c/kg in places.
- Medium and heavy weight yearling steers to feed experienced a wide variation in price but the better end managed to remain firm.
- But all weight ranges of yearling heifers experienced price reductions, with the better end 5c to 10c/kg cheaper and D muscle lines lost 17c/kg to 26c/kg.
- A small selection of heavy grown steers to export slaughter averaged 6c/kg less, while bullocks lost 11c/kg.
- Cows were also cheaper by 5c to 10c/kg.
- The better end of the steer calves returned to the paddock at 176c/kg with sales to 183.2c, while D muscle lines averaged 150c/kg.
- The largest number of vealer steers returned to the paddock at 177c/kg with sales to 184.2c/kg.
- Vealer heifers to processors mostly sold in the mid 140c/kg range.
- Lightweight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 169c/kg and made to 180.2c/kg, with lesser quality lines at 161c/kg.
- Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged in the mid-160c/kg range and heavyweights 154c/kg.
- Lightweight yearling heifers to local and southern processors average 141c/kg, and D muscle lines 124c/kg.
- Heavy-grown steers to export slaughter averaged 154c/kg, with some supplementary fed lines to 168.2c/kg. Bullocks averaged 151c/kg and sold to 157.2c/kg.
- Medium-weight poor condition cows averaged 82c/kg and two scores mostly sold at 98c/kg. Good heavy cows generally sold at about 115c/kg with a few pens to 121.2c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 140c/kg.
THE small increase in supply generally sold to a cheaper market.
- Agents yarded 955 head, up 108 head on the previous sale.
- A fair gallery of buyers was present in the young cattle section, while some major export processors were absent.
- Vealer heifers suffered the most, to lose 6c to 10c/kg, and top-end quality lines could not maintain the rates of the previous sale, to lose close to 30c/kg.
- Medium weight yearling steers and heifers sold to a market 12c/kg cheaper.
- A handful of heavy grown steers and bullocks to export slaughter experienced very little change in price, while cow values slipped a further 2c to 4c/kg.
- A fair selection of calves returned to the paddock at 178c/kg, with some steer calves making to 201.2c/kg.
- Vealer steers to feed generally sold from 155c/kg to 160c/kg with the occasional sale to a local butcher at 189.2c/kg.
- Vealer heifers to feed averaged 151c/kg, while those to local and southern processors averaged 147c/kg.
- A couple of top-end quality vealer heifers struggled to reach 186.2c/kg.
- Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 160c/kg to 162c/kg with sales to 175.2c/kg.
- Heavyweights to the trade averaged 163c/kg with a couple to 185.2c/kg.
- Medium weight yearling heifers to slaughter averaged 158c/kg and sold to 173.6c, with D muscle lines in the 130c/kg range.
- Heavy grown steers to export slaughter averaged 155c/kg and sold to 157.2c/kg.
- Medium weight two score cows averaged 93c/kg and heavy three scores 105c/kg.
- A fair supply of good heavy cows averaged 114c and sold to 120c/kg.
- Heavy bulls made to 145c/kg.
AGENTS Boyd O'Brien Bartholomew reported a yarding of 631 cattle at Moreton on Tuesday.
- Yearlings and vealers were again cheaper than last week, even though the quality was better.
- Good trade cattle improved slightly, as did some export cattle.
- Yearling heifers account K and T Falkenhagen of Croftby sold for 172.6c/kg, weighing 402kg to return $694 a head.
- S and M Ebbern of Linville sold yearling steers for 148.6c/kg, weighing 310kg to return $460 a head.
- Russell Ladbrook of Fernvale sold pasture heifers for 145c/kg weighing 360kg to return $522 a head.
- Pasture ox account Taxezy Pty Ltd of Hazeldean sold for 160.6c/kg weighing 550kg to return $908 a head.
- Pasture steers account Taxezy Pty Ltd sold for 165c/kg weighing 550kg to return $884 a head.
- Grain-assist heifers account Kandu Limousins sold for 175.6c/kg weighing 430kg to return $755 a head.
- Grain accredited steers account D Cooper sold for 200c/kg weighing 510kg to return $1020 a head.
- R and J Pickering of Windera sold medium cows for 136.6c/kg weighing 595kg to return $812 a head.
- Om El Hana Stud sold cows for 137.6c/kg weighing 695kg to return $956 a head.
- M Christensen sold santa bulls for 145.6c/kg weighing 800kg to return $1164 a head.
A YARDING of 3184 head of cattle came to hand comprising 1503 steers, 1164 heifers, 132 prime and store cows, 25 bulls and 160 cows and calves.
- These cattle were drawn from Richmond, Rolleston and east of Alpha, as well as from all local areas.
- Some very good lines of steers and heifers were met with firm competition.
- Mt Flora, Nebo, sold a run of 90 droughtmaster steers to top at 182.2c/kg to average 236.8kg, returning $416 a head. Ken Schultz and family, Gogango, sold brahman cross bullocks to top at 143c/kg, weighing 576kg to return $825 a head.
- Cedarvale Pastoral Company, Ubobo, sold two pens of quality charbray feeder steers to average 150c/kg weighing 405kg to return $609 a head.
- Plattaway Station, Nebo, sold 106 brangus, droughtmaster and greyman cows and calves to average $1029 per unit.
- Clay Neill-Ballantine, Bocoolima, sold quality brahman steers for 169c/kg weighing 272kg to return $460 a head.
WITH a Tuesday sale this week, numbers eased back to a little more than 2200 head at Emerald.
- The quality of the offering was again to a high standard, with some good-quality drafts of weaners from repeat vendors.
- Although there was good buyer attendance, values lost ground for almost all descriptions, from some of the strong rates of last week.
- The exception was cows and calves, which gained about $50 per unit.
- Bullocks over 55kg lost 8c/kg to top 136c/kg and average 131c/kg.
- Steers 500-550kg sold 131c/kg for a 126c/kg, 10c/kg.
- 400-500kg steers made to 144c/kg and averaged 128c/kg, 5c less, and those in the 320-400kg range reached 147c/kg for a 130c/kg.
- 220-320kg steers got to 210c/kg for EU Accredited types, the average 166c/kg, 5c cheaper, while steers under 220kg topped at 191c/kg and averaged 176c/kg, 3c less than last week.
- Cows were generally 6c to 7c/kg cheaper. Those over 520kg to 123c/kg, to average 112c/kg, while 400-520kg cows topped 120c/kg and averaged 103c/kg.
- Heifers over 400kg matched last week's results to top 135c/kg and average 129c/kg.
- 300-400kg heifers lifted 6c/kg on the back of a better quality to reach 144c/kg and average 121c/kg.
- Those in the 220-300kg range sold to 155c/kg to average 126c/kg, 10c/kg; while heifers under 220kg made to 151c/kg for a 132c/kg average.
- Improved competition on cows and calves saw them sell in a range from $630 to $700 per unit.
- The Birchmore Family of Walkers Point, Richmond consigned a line of droughtmaster cows and calves to top $700 per unit.
- Scott and Louise Russell of Consuelo, Rolleston sold an excellent line of santa weaners, the steer portion topping 184.2c/kg for 297kg to return $548 a head, while their sisters sold to 137.2c/kg for 261kg and $358 a head.
- Les Lamont of Cotherstone, Clermont sold charolais cross heifers to 139.2c/kg for 275kg.
- The Bulger Family of Carinyah, Willows, offered a line of charbray heifers to top 135.2c/kg for 412kg to return $557 a head.
- Tony Lawlor and Kim Evans of Demipique, Capella, sold a line of red brangus cross steers to 179.2c.kg for 271kg to return $486 a head.
- Stewart Dennis of Chasford, Clermont sold brangus steers to 143.2c/kg to return $527 a head.
THERE was a lighter yarding of 150 pigs this week.
- Prime pork sold to rates firm on last Monday.
- Prime bacon females were dearer, with all store pigs selling to excellent rates.
- Also the Goombungee-Haden Pig Show and Sale saw all pork and bacon pigs selling in excess of 300c/kg.
- The champion pig sold for 560c/kg.
- Prime pork 240-278c/kg, prime light bacon 210-241c/kg, prime bacon 210-278c/kg, boars 19c/kg, sows to 128c/kg.
- Forward stores $110-$130, weaners $92-$104, suckers $72.
IN A smaller yarding of both sheep and lambs, the market was cheaper for all descriptions, on a par with southern markets.
- Agents yarded 1166 lambs and hoggets and 213 sheep at the weekly sale on April 24.
- Cross-bred lambs 46-57kg $86-$100; cross-bred lambs 40-45kg $89-$110; cross-bred lambs 38-42kg $66-$81.
- And cross-bred hoggets 58kg $66 (shorn).
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