Cheaper market at cattle sales

Agents yarded 793 head at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange regular prime sale on Wednesday, January 11.

The yarding consisted mainly of young cattle and a small penning of cows.

Young cattle were comprised of a good supply of weaners along with several pens of yearlings throughout the sale.

Quality was mixed, although there were several pens of well finished cattle offered and also some supplementary fed yearlings.

Not all of the usual buyers operated this week, resulting in a significantly cheaper market.   

Cow prices saw a drop from last year averaging 262c/kg and reaching a top price of 294c/kg.

Lighter heifer prices were easier with those up to 250kg averaging 395c/kg and topping at 490c/kg. Heavier heifers over 250kg were stronger averaging 408c/kg and reaching a top of 458c/kg.

Bull prices remained steady with 19 head sold averaging 268c/kg and 531kg.

Steer prices saw a drop with lighter stock up to 250kg averaging 437c/kg and reaching a top of 552c/kg.

Heavier steers over 250kg averaged 421c/kg and topped at 486c/kg.

A small number of bullocks sold on the day averaged 291c/kg and reached a top of 300c/kg.

As with most other categories, vealer prices were softer averaging 422c/kg and 235kg and reaching a top of 548c/kg.

Ray White Rural will hold a store sale this Friday, January 20. Further bookings are welcome.

NRLX business administration coordinator Tegan George

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