Cow prices drop at weekly cattle sale

Agents yarded 1325 head at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange regular prime sale on Wednesday, November 16. About 900 were young cattle with a large percentage of weaners in condition to suit restockers.

There were very few showing enough finish for the trade. There was reduced processor attendance for the grown cattle however restocker activity remained high through the young cattle and plainer condition cows.

Cow prices saw a drop this week averaging 325c/kg and reaching a top price of 410c/kg.

Lighter heifer prices saw an increase with those up to 250kg averaging 586c/kg and topping at 736c/kg.

Heavier heifers over 250kg were cheaper averaging 404c/kg and reaching a top of 626c/kg.

Bull prices were easier this week with 31 head sold averaging 298c/kg and 632kg.

Steer prices were cheaper with those up to 250kg averaging 624c/kg and reaching a top of 855c/kg.

Heavier steers over 250kg averaged 490c/kg and topped at 670c/kg. A good number of bullocks sold on the day averaged 365c/kg and reached a top of 400c/kg.

Vealer prices saw a drop this week averaging 561c/kg and 225kg and reaching a top of 822c/kg.

George & Fuhrmann held a store sale at the NRLX on Friday, November 18 with 1899 head going under the hammer.

Steers topped at 960c/kg and averaged 638c/kg and 261kg and heifers reached a top of 788c/kg and averaged 622c/kg and 222kg. Cows reached a top price of $2,320 and cows & calves topped at $3800.

Ian Weir & Son will hold a store sale this Friday, November 25. Further bookings are welcome.

NRLX business administration coordinator Tegan George

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