Bull prices drop, heifer prices increase

Agents yarded a total of 1,256 head at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange regular prime sale on Wednesday, May 11. 

Young cattle made up the largest percentage of the yarding along with a good number of cows. 

A number of good quality lines were offered on the day although the effect on condition due to limited feed from the floods and start of the cooler weather was noticeable in a considerable number of the grown cattle. 

Most buyers were in attendance including the main processors. 

Cow prices were down week this week averaging 322c/kg and reaching a top price of 420c/kg.

Heifer prices saw an increase with lighter heifers up to 250kg averaging 634c/kg and topping their category at 766c/kg. 

Heavier heifers over 250kg averaged 460c/kg and reached a top of 632c/kg.

Bull prices dropped again this week with 19 head sold averaging 328c/kg and 619kg. Lighter steer prices were stronger with those up to 250kg averaging 672c/kg and reaching a top price of 856c/kg. 

Heavier steers over 250kg were easier averaging 532c/kg and topping their market at 700c/kg. 

A large number of bullocks sold on the day averaged 403c/kg.

Vealer prices saw a drop this week with lighter vealer up to 250kg averaging 652c/kg and reaching a top of 880c/kg. 

Heavier vealer over 250kg averaged 558c/kg with a top price of 694c/kg.

George & Fuhrmann held a store sale at the NRLX on Friday, May 13 with 1,708 head going under the hammer. 

Steers topped their category at 894c/kg and averaged 669c/kg and 244kg whilst heifers reached a top of 762c/kg and averaged 618c/kg and 201kg. 

Cows reached a top price of $1,740 whilst Cows & Calves topped their market at $4,450.

Ray White Rural will hold a store sale at the NRLX this Friday, May 20. Further bookings are welcome.

NRLX Business administration coordinator Tegan George

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