Cow prices dropped at cattle sale

Agents yarded a total of 1,184 head at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange regular prime sale on Wednesday, March 16. 

The yarding consisted of a good supply of young cattle and a fair penning of cows. 

Young cattle on offer consisted mainly of vealers and weaners, with a small number of yearlings offered.

Quality was mixed with several pens of well bred steers and heifers throughout the sale, however there was increased numbers of cross bred cattle offered.

Cow prices saw another drop this week averaging 340.0c/kg and reaching a top price of 432.2c/kg. 

Heifer prices also saw a significant decrease with lighter heifers up to 250kg averaging 685.2c/kg and topping their category at 842.2c/kg. Heavier heifers over 250kg averaged 554.1c/kg and reached a top of 686.2c/kg.

Bull prices held firm with 28 head sold reaching a top of 400.2c/kg and average of 348.4c/kg and 667kg. 
This week saw lighter steer prices fall while heavier steerssaw an increase. Those weighing up to 250kg saw an average of 716.9c/kg and top price of 878.2c/kg.Heavier steers over 250kg averaged 631.4c/kg andtopped their market at 764.2c/kg. 

A large number ofbullocks sold on the day averaged 420.2c/kg.

Vealer prices were also easier this week with lighter vealer up to 250kg averaged 686.4c/kg and reaching a top of 850.0c/kg. Heavier vealer over 250kg averaged 619.9c/kg with a top price of 722.2c/kg.

T&W McCormack and Ramsey & Bulmer held a joint store sale on Monday 14 March with 1,379 head sold on the day.
Steers topped their category at 992.2c/kg and averaged 652.8c/kg and 310kg. Heifers reached a top of 846.2c/kg and averaged 714.1c/kg and 228kg. Cows saw a top of $2,900 per head whilst cows and calves topped their market at $4,400.

Ray White Rural held a two day weaner and breedersale on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March with a large crowd in attendance on both days. Friday’s sale saw 3,141 weaners go under the hammer with steers topped their category at 915.2c/kg and averaging 708.6c/kg and 266kg. Heifers reached a top of 842.2c/kg and averaged 685.6c/kg and 250kg. Saturday’s breeder sale saw 657 head sold with PTIC heifers reaching a top price of $4,120. Cows topped their market at $2,840 whilst cows and calves saw a top of $3,780.

This week will see George & Fuhrmann hold the second and third day of their annual weaner sales on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 March with over 6,000 head expected to go under the hammer over both days. Further bookings are welcome.

NRLX Business Administration Coordinator Tegan George

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