Heifer and bull prices increase

Agents yarded a total of 1,155 head at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange regular prime sale on Wednesday, May 18. 

The yarding was made up of a good supply of young cattle and there was a fair penning of cows.

The yarding of young cattle consisted of increased numbers of light weight vealer steers and heifers, however there was a fair offering of medium weights. Quality was lacking with increased numbers of young cattle showing loss of condition, although there were several lines of well bred cattle throughout the sale. 

Restockers were active in the market purchasing most of the young cattle, which went to southern and western areas of the state as well as Queensland.

Cow prices held firm this week averaging 328c/kg and reaching a top price of 384c/kg. 

Heifer prices saw another increase with lighter heifers up to 250kg averaging 695c/kg and topping their category at 802c/kg. Heavier heifers over 250kg averaged 471c/kg and reached a top of 630c/kg.

Bull prices were stronger this week with 15 head sold averaging 349c/kg and 589kg. 

Steer prices increased with lighter steers up to 250kg averaging 704c/kg andreaching a top price of 824c/kg. Heavier steers over 250kg averaged 607c/kg and topped their market at 700c/kg. A small number of bullocks sold on the day averaged 407c/kg.

Vealer prices were also on the rise this week with lighter vealer up to 250kg averaging 711c/kg and reaching a top of 870c/kg. Heavier vealer over 250kg averaged 597c/kg with a top price of 720c/kg.

Ray White Rural held a store sale at the NRLX on Friday, May 20 with 780 head going under the hammer.

Steers topped their category at 884c/kg and averaged 697c/kg and 226kg whilst heifers reached a top of 778c/kg and averaged 609c/kg and 245kg.

Cows reached a top price of $2,080 whilst Cows & Calves topped their market at $3,080.

Ian Weir & Son will hold a store sale at the NRLX on Monday, May 30.Further bookings are welcome.

NRLX Business administration coordinator Tegan George

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