Cow prices hold firm, bull prices drop

Agents yarded a total of 1,130 head at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange regular prime sale on Wednesday, July 13.

The yarding consisted of a good supply of young cattle while there was a fair penning of cows. The yarding of young cattle consisted mainly of weaners and a small offering of yearlings.

Quality of the young cattle was plain, although there were several pens of well bred cattle through the sale. There were increased numbers of light weight weaners offered in plain condition.

Cow prices held firm this week averaging 282c/kg and reaching a top price of 334c/kg.

Heifer prices remained steady with lighter stock up to 250kg averaging 451c/kg and topping their category at 568c/kg.

Heavier heifers over 250kg averaged 365c/kg and reached a top of 494c/kg.

Bull prices saw a drop this week with 21 head sold averaging 269c/kg and 719kg. Steers were stronger with lighter steers up to 250kg averaging 557c/kg and reaching a top price of 708c/kg.

Heavier steers over 250kg averaged 474c/kg and topped their market at 590c/kg. A small number of bullocks sold on the day averaged 358c/kg.

Vealer prices held firm to slightly easier this week with lighter vealer up to 250kg averaging 538c/kg and reaching a top of 710c/kg. Heavier vealer over 250kg averaged 484c/kg with a top price of 564c/kg.

Ray White Rural held a store sale at the NRLX on Friday, July 15 with 836 head going under the hammer.

Steers topped their category at 682c/kg and averaged 566c/kg and 228kg whilst heifers reached a top of 610c/kg and averaged 472c/kg and 220kg.

Cows reached a top price of $1,400 while Cows & Calves topped their market at $3,340. A small number of bulls sold on the day reached a top of $7,700.

Ian Weir & Son will hold a store sale this Friday, July 22 from 10am. Further bookings are welcome.           

NRLX business administration coordinator Tegan George

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