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TAKING STOCK: David and Daun Clapperton of Manaroong, Tarong, look over some pens at the Elders Saleyards on Monday. The couple will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on Friday.
TAKING STOCK: David and Daun Clapperton of Manaroong, Tarong, look over some pens at the Elders Saleyards on Monday. The couple will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on Friday.

Toowoomba Elders

NUMBERS lifted to the highest level since February 2008 and overall quality was mixed.

  • A fair panel of buyers was present, however not all were operating to full capacity.
  • Buyers were selective in the young cattle section with heavy yearling steers to feed and well-presented classes to local butchers receiving strong demand, while lesser quality lines were cheaper.
  • Heavy grown steers and bullocks could not maintain the rates of the previous sale and lost 10c and up to 20c/kg in places.
  • Cows sold to a mixed trend with plain condition cows firm while the medium to better quality cows lost 10c to 14c/kg.
  • A few calves to the trade made to 192.2c and averaged 166c/kg.
  • A small sample of vealer heifers averaged 166c and sold to 196.2c/kg.
  • Lightweight yearling steers to feed average 179c while medium weights mostly sold from 180c to 186c with sales to 195.2c/kg.
  • Heavy weight plain condition classes to feed averaged 183c while the better lines averaged 193c and sold to 195.2c/kg.
  • A few to the local trade market made to 211.2c and averaged 181c/kg.
  • Lightweight yearling heifers were well supplied and a good run of supplementary fed lines made to 192.2c and averaged 174c while the remainder sold in the 150c/kg range.
  • Medium weights to feed averaged 155c and local trade lines averaged 181c and sold to 195c/kg.
  • Heavy grown steers made to 185.2c and averaged 179c/kg.
  • Bullocks made to 188.2c and averaged 182c/kg.
  • Plain condition cows mostly sold around 104c and the medium weight 2 scores averaged 114c/kg.
  • Heavy 3 scores averaged 138c while the better end of the cows made to 156.2c and averaged 147c/kg.
  • Heavy bulls made to 164.2c/kg.

Toowoomba Landmark

THE supply of stock jumped by 60% and there was a wide variation in quality.

  • The regular field of buyers operated selectively and prices suffered accordingly.
  • Apart from selected lines of medium and heavy weight yearling steers to feed receiving strong support, the remainder of the young cattle lost ground in price.
  • The supply of lightweight cattle exceeded demand and average prices fell by close to 20c/kg.
  • Heavy grown steers and bullocks also lacked demand and fell in price by 20c/kg.
  • Plain condition cows received good competition from restockers as well as processors, however the remainder lost 11-15c/kg.
  • Well-presented lightweight yearling steers to feed made to 193c, while D muscle lines averaged just under 140c/kg.
  • Medium weights to feeders averaged in the 170c/kg range and sold to 194c and a few to the trade averaged 174c and made to 185c/kg.
  • Heavy feeders averaged 183c and sold to 189c/kg.
  • The best of the lightweight yearling heifers made to 183c, with most in the 150c/kg range.
  • Medium weights to the trade averaged 166c and sold to 180c, while some heavyweights to feed made to 177c and averaged 175c/kg.
  • Heavy grown steers averaged 179c with a few to 189c/kg.
  • A small selection of bullocks made to 187c and averaged 168c/kg.
  • Medium weight two-score cows averaged 115c, while the three scores settled on 127c/kg.
  • Good heavy cows made to 139c and averaged 138c/kg.
  • Heavy bulls made to 161c/kg.

Toowoomba O'Sullivan

SALE numbers almost doubled this week as the selling year starts to close.

  • Prices took a tumble from last week's rates after we thought we'd seen the end.
  • Well, it hit back with export prices dropping from 10-25c/kg.
  • Vealers, trade and lightweight feeder cattle also were affected.
  • Boner cows and heavy feeder steers remained firm on last weeks sales.
  • The overall quality remained quiet good a few lighter conditioned cattle still coming through.
  • There is just one sale left and hope we see a change in 2014.
  • Angus butcher heifers 282kg sold for 186.2c for $526, charbray cows from Djuan 685kg sold for 139.2c for $953, angus feeder heifers 292kg sold for 150c for $438, droughtmaster cross steers 320kg sold for 185c for $592, limo cross steers 403kg sold for 180c for $726, hereford feeder steers 413kg sold for 188.2c for $777, charolais cross steers 415kg sold for 189.2c for $785,641kg.
  • Santa cows sold for 130c, GSB Jerrard, Taroom, sold quality droughtmaster cross steers 416kg for 184.2c for $767, WI Luck, Hodgsonvale, sold charolais heifers 595kg for 159.2c for $911, and belmont cross heifers grain assisted 395kg sold for 179.2c for $707.

Warwick cattle

NUMBERS hovered around the previous week's high level.

  • A reduced field of export buyers were present and operating in a cheaper market.
  • Young cattle experienced a mixed trend with the better end of the light and medium weights to the trade feeder operators and restockers receiving strong competition.
  • However prices eased by around 5-8c/kg on the remainder of the young cattle.
  • Heavy grown steers, bullocks and cows could not maintain the previous weeks rates and sold to a market 20c/kg cheaper.
  • The occasional calf to the trade made to 212.2c and most returned to the paddock at 179c/kg.
  • A small sample of vealer heifers sold to local butchers at 210.2c and averaged 198c/kg.
  • Lightweight yearling steers returned to the paddock at 202.2c and averaged 185c/kg.
  • Medium weights to feed averaged 180c and sold to 198.2c with some to restockers at 204.2c/kg.
  • Heavy feeders made to 192c and averaged 5c less at 184c/kg.
  • The large supply of lightweight yearling heifers contained some good runs of supplementary fed and certified grain-fed classes.
  • Butchers and wholesalers were able to absorb the large supply plus provide strong competition.
  • Certified grain-feds made to 205c with most at 172c while the remainder averaged 166c/kg.
  • Medium weights to the trade averaged 178c and sold to 185.2c/kg.
  • Heavy grown steers averaged 171c and sold to 185.2c and bullocks made to 189.2c and averaged 178c/kg.
  • Full mouth bullocks averaged 166c and made to 170.6c/kg.
  • Medium weight two score cows averaged 111c and 3 scores 124c with sales to 133c/kg.
  • Heavy three scores averaged 129c while the better heavy weights made to 153.6c and averaged 142c/kg.
  • Heavy bulls made to 169.2c/kg.

Dalby cattle

THE lift in prices experienced the previous sale and the annual closedown fast approaching the number of stock lifted by 8%, with around 1100 head being sold in the new selling complex.

  • Overall quality was mixed and the supply of heavy grown steers and bullocks continues to be short.
  • Buyer attendance was good with representatives covering all classes.
  • Young cattle experienced a mixed trend with the yearling steers to restockers receiving fair demand, while the heifer portion lost five cents to 13c/kg.
  • The well-bred medium and heavy weight yearling steers to feed sold to solid demand however average prices eased in places due to quality.
  • Heavy grown steers and bullocks were firm to 1c/kg dearer.
  • Prices for cows varied with the plain cows firm to 3c dearer, while the better medium and heavyweights improved 2c to 7c/kg.
  • Calves to restockers made to 199.2c, and averaged 193c/kg.
  • Lightweight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 183c and sold to 197.2c/kg.
  • Medium weight feeders averaged in the mid 180c range and sold to 196.2c/kg.
  • Heavy feeders made to 196.2c with most from 187c to 191c/kg.
  • A small selection of slaughter classes made to 202c and averaged 193c/kg.
  • The better end of the lightweight yearling heifers mostly sold in the 150c range and D muscle lines averaged 125c/kg.
  • Medium weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 175c and D muscle lines 139c/kg.
  • Slaughter classes averaged 173c with certified grain-feds to 196.2c, and averaged 191c/kg.
  • Heavy weights to the trade improved 5c and averaged 182c, with sales to 195.2c/kg.
  • Heavy grown steers to export slaughter made to 202.2c and averaged 197c and bullocks made to 199.2c, and averaged 193c/kg.
  • Medium weight plain cows averaged 113c and the two scores 127c/kg.
  • Good, heavy cows made to 173.2c and averaged 163c/kg.
  • Heavy bulls made to 175.2c/kg.

Roma prime

A TOTAL of 774 head of cattle were penned at Roma's prime sale last Thursday.

  • Steers over 550kg sold to 195c/kg and averaged 177c/kg, while steers in the 400-550kg earned to 195c/kg and averaged 181c/kg.
  • B and D Sutton, Tallawalla, Roma, sold brahman-cross steers to 191c/kg for 608kg to return $1162/head with the consignment averaging 194c for 564kg to make $1095.
  • B and N Bauer, Arlington, Augathella, sold brahman- cross steers to 186c for 621kg to return $1157 with the consignment averaging 186c for 578kg to make $1075.
  • L and M Price, Mt Hope, Wallumbilla, sold droughtmaster-cross steers to 186c for 531kg to return $988 with the consignment averaging 177c for 536kg to make $949.
  • Heifers over 450kg sold to 182c/kg and averaged 169c/kg, while heifers in the 350-450kg sold to 184c/kg and averaged 173c/kg.
  • W and K Brown Trust, Ardentrive, Roma, sold to 184c for 417kg to return $767 with the consignment averaging 180c for 420kg to make $757.
  • T and S Pukallus, Warrabinda, Roma, sold charolais-cross heifers to 182c for 542kg to return $987 with the consignment averaging 174c for 523kg to make $909.
  • The charolais-cross cows sold to 160c for 585kg to return $937 with the consignment averaging 157c for 528kg to make $831.
  • J and J Klein, Charlies, Wallumbilla, sold brahman-cross heifers to 176c for 436kg to return $768.
  • B and E Radel and Sons, Sandstone Park, Taroom, sold brahman-cross heifers to 162c for 442kg to return $716.
  • The brahman-cross cows sold to 161c for 502kg to return $810.
  • Cows over 500kg peaked at 165c/kg and averaged 154c/kg, while cows in the 400-500kg class topped at 155c/kg and averaged 130c/kg.
  • Cows 300-400kg sold to 138c/kg and averaged 106c/kg.
  • R Paterson, Ingle Downs, Roma, sold brahman cows to 165c for 550kg to return $908.
  • I Walker, Weribone, Surat, sold santa cows to 163c for 587kg to return $958 with the consignment averaging 160c for 567kg to make $909.
  • Knight Pastoral Co, Mayfield, Charleville, sold brahman- cross cows to 141c for 412kg to return $582 with the consignment averaging 131c for 400kg to make $522.
  • C and C Coomber, Jireh Park, Roma, sold limousin-cross cows to 139c for 418kg to return $583 with the consignment averaging 139c for 418kg to make $583.
  • Bulls over 600kg topped at 170c/kg and averaged 158c/kg.

Roma store

A TOTAL of 10,000 head of cattle were penned at the Roma's store sale on Tuesday.

  • Weaners under 220kg topped at 201c/kg and averaged 160c/kg, while weaner steers 220-280kg reached 202c/kg and averaged 171c/kg.
  • Steers 280-350kg reached 202c/kg and averaged 182c/kg, and steers 350-400kg reached 201c/kg and averaged 190c/kg. Feeder steers 400-550kg reached 196c/kg and averaged 183c/kg.
  • C Flower and Co, Roma, sold santa-cross steers to 199c for 384kg to return $765 with the consignment averaging 195c for 344kg to make $671.
  • Maranda Pastoral Co, Maranda, Barcaldine, sold charbray steers to 198c for 255kg to return $504 with the consignment averaging 191c for 231kg to make $441.
  • The santa heifers sold to 144c for 280kg to return $403 with the consignment averaging 143c for 149kg to make $198.
  • Rosehearty Grazing Co, Koonong Downs, Muckadilla, sold santa steers to 196c for 400kg to return $786 with the consignment averaging 187c for 460kg to make $860.
  • The santa-cross heifers sold to 173c for 401kg to return $695 with the consignment averaging 163c for 394kg to make $643.
  • A and N Evans, Martindale, Walgett, sold angus steers to 186c for 370kg to return $688 with the consignment averaging 184c for 303kg to make $557.
  • The angus heifers sold to 178c for 356kg to return $635 with the consignment averaging 174c for 320kg to make $555.
  • Heifers in the 350-450kg range reached 178c/kg and averaged 152c/kg. Heifers in the 280-350kg range topped at 178c/kg and averaged 151c/kg. Heifers in the 220-280kg range topped at 161c/kg and averaged 133c/kg, while heifers under 220kg topped at 188c/kg and averaged 130c/kg.
  • S and N Ward, Taringa, Injune, sold charolais-cross heifers to 164c for 304kg to return $499 with the consignment averaging 150c for 295kg to make $441.
  • Cows 400-500kg topped at 133c/kg and averaged 114c/kg. Cows 300-400kg sold to 125c/kg and averaged 102c/kg.
  • Cows and calves sold to $700/unit.
  • Bulls up to 400kg reached 190c/kg and average 146c/kg.

Moreton grain-assist

AGENTS Boyd O'Brien Bartholomew reported a yarding of 739 head of cattle at Moreton on Tuesday.

  • The market was slightly easier for most descriptions due to plenty of numbers available and Christmas just around the corner.
  • Trade sold to a strong panel of buyers, export and veal slightly easier.
  • Yearling heifers account G Hingst, of Prenzlau, sold for 159.2c weighing 295kg to return $469.
  • Yearling steers account V Mayell, of Rosewood, sold for 167.2c weighing 330kg to return $551.
  • Pasture heifers account Yadduri Pty Ltd sold for 172.2c weighing 449kg to return $773.
  • Pasture steers account Barraclough Partnership, Toogoolawah, sold for 186.2c weighing 465kg to return $865. Pasture steers account Lynne Bros sold for 185.2c weighing 660kg to return $1222.
  • Grain-assisted heifers account Bill Van Twout sold for 188.2c weighing 475kg to return $879.
  • Tinton Grazing, of Esk, sold grain assist steers for 192.2c weighing 400kg to return $768. Feeder steers account N and P Henry, of Chambers Flat, sold for 182.2c weighing 435kg to return $788.
  • Dairy culls account P and M Scheu, of Kilcoy, sold for 120c weighing 651kg to return $782.
  • Medium cows account K and L Jackson sold for 136.6c weighing 518kg to return $705.
  • JVTP Pty Ltd Purga sold cows for 156.3 weighing 605kg to return $945.
  • M Gloag sold bulls for 168c weighing 885kg to return $1486.

Warwick sheep

WARWICK selling agents yarded 1331 lambs and hoggets, and 309 sheep at the weekly sale on December 4.

  • Top lambs account MJ, DR and EA Marshall, of Greymare, sold for $129 and purchased by Singh Meats.
  • In a larger yarding of lambs and a smaller yarding of sheep, the market was firm for the heavy lambs and firm to a shade easier for other descriptions.
  • Quotations: Crossbred lambs 46-55kg $88-$117; crossbred lambs 42-45kg, $84-$120; crossbred lambs 36-42kg, $79-$108; crossbred lambs 64kg live weight sold for $129.
  • Merino lambs 31kg sold to $39 (shorn), merino lambs 38.5kg sold to $38 (shorn) and corssbred hoggets 45.6kg sold to $87 (shorn).

Toowoomba pigs

AGENTS yarded 250 pigs at the sales on Monday.

  • Prime pork sold to record rates, and prime bacon also sold dear.
  • Backfatter sows were easier while all forward stores were extremely dear.
  • The balance of weaners sold to strong rates.
  • Quotations: Prime pork $3.65-4.26/kg, prime light bacon $3.20-3.090/kg, prime bacon $2.95-3.75/kg.
  • Sows to $1.18/kg, forward stores $158-177, weaners $85-112, and suckers $44.

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