Heavier heifers dearer, steers hold firm

Agents yarded 1079 head at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange regular prime sale on Wednesday, November 23.

Young cattle made up the majority with fewer export types available.

Light weaners dominated particularly through the steer section. The best of the heifers sold well but plainer quality through the secondary drafts of both categories resulted in a softer market. All the regular buyers attended. 

Cow prices saw a drop this week averaging 287c/kg and reaching a top price of 434c/kg.

Lighter heifer prices were softer with those up to 250kg averaging 551c/kg and topping their category at 778c/kg.

Heavier heifers were dearer – those up to 250kg averaged 436c/kg and reached 550c/kg.

Bull prices were easier this week with 20 head sold averaging 277c/kg and 632kg.

Steer prices held firm to slightly cheaper with those up to 250kg averaging 615c/kg and reaching a top of 772c/kg.

Heavier steers over 250kg averaged 505c/kg and topped at 646c/kg.

A good number of bullocks sold on the day averaging 331c/kg and reaching 340c/kg.

Vealer prices held firm this week averaging 561c/kg and 208kg and reaching a top of 770c/kg.

Ian Weir & Son held a store sale at the NRLX on Friday, November 25 with 1227 head going under the hammer.

Steers topped 698c/kg and averaged 537c/kg and 223kg and heifers reached a top of 670c/kg and averaged 508c/kg and 209kg.

Cows reached a top price of $2,050 and cows & calves topped at $3600.

T&W McCormack and Ramsey & Bulmer have a store sale this Friday, December 2 with 1200 head booked. Further bookings are welcome.

NRLX business administration coordinator Tegan George

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