Cow prices stronger, heifer prices drop

Agents yarded 1,266 head at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange regular prime sale on Wednesday, August 31.

Cows sold to solid trends with a dearer market.

Restockers stepped in buying cows with additional weight. There were quite a few light cows in plainer condition but these still sold well. Young cattle were well represented also including plainer conditioned cattle.

Cow prices were stronger again this week averaging 331c/kg and reaching a top of 388c/kg. Heifer prices saw a drop with lighter stock up to 250kg averaging 521c/kg and topping at 690c/kg. Heavier heifers over 250kg averaged 409c/kg and reached a top of 562c/kg.

Bull prices held firm this week with 14 head sold averaging 331c/kg and 724kg.

Steer prices were easier with lighter steers up to 250kg averaging 602c/kg and reaching a top of 840c/kg. Heavier steers over 250kg averaged 500c/kg and topped at 720c/kg. A small number of bullocks sold on the day averaged 381c/kg.

Vealer prices saw a slight increase this week with lighter vealers up to 250kg averaging 588c/kg and reaching a top of 846c/kg. Heavier vealers over 250kg averaged 519c/kg with a top price of 630c/kg.

Ian Weir & Son held a store sale at the NRLX on Friday, September 2 with 695 head going under the hammer.

Steers topped at 840c/kg and averaged 624c/kg and 222kg and heifers reached a top of 740c/kg and averaged 553c/kg.

Cows reached a top of $2,550 and cows & calves topped at $3,100.

T&W McCormack and Ramsey & Bulmer will hold a store sale this Friday, September 9 with 800 head booked. Further bookings are welcome.

NRLX business administration coordinator Tegan George

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