Cold, wet season impacts cattle quality at sales

Agents yarded 1,270 head at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange regular prime sale on Wednesday, August 24.

The main increase in numbers was in young cattle however there was a fair number of cows yarded.

The yarding of young cattle consisted of a large number of light and medium weight vealers and weaners and there was an increase in yearlings this week.

Quality of the young cattle was mixed with a large percentage of cattle showing the effects of the cold, wet season, however there were several runs of well bred weaner steers and heifers through the sale.

Cow prices were stronger again this week averaging 323c/kg and reaching a top of 386c/kg.

Heifer prices were also dearer with lighter stock up to 250kg averaging 578c/kg and topping at 800c/kg. Heavier heifers over 250kg averaged 450c/kg and reached a top of 538c/kg.

Bull prices saw an increase this week with 24 head sold averaging 331c/kg and 632kg.

Steer prices were stronger with lighter steers up to 250kg averaging 631c/kg and reaching a top of 775c/kg.

Heavier steers over 250kg averaged 508c/kg and topped at 648c/kg.

A small number of bullocks sold on the day averaged 378c/kg.

Vealer prices were easier this week with lighter vealers up to 250kg averaging 572c/kg and reaching a top of 730c/kg.

Heavier vealers over 250kg averaged 502c/kg with a top price of 602c/kg.

George & Fuhrmann held a store sale at the NRLX on Friday, August 26 with 459 head going under the hammer.

Steers topped at 796c/kg and averaged 576c/kg and 243kg and heifers reached a top of 700c/kg and averaged 508c/kg and 222kg.

Cows reached the top price of $1,460 and cows & calves topped at $2,440.

Ian Weir & Son will hold a store sale this Friday September 2 with 600 head booked. Further bookings are welcome.

NRLX business administration coordinator Tegan George

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