Top bull price of $11,000 at cattle sales

ABOVE: One of the bulls on sale at the recent sales.

Agents yarded 1378 head at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange regular prime sale on Wednesday, June 21.

The yarding consisted of a good supply of young cattle and increased numbers of cows. The yarding of young cattle was mainly made up of vealers and weaners, along with a few pens of yearlings. Quality of the young cattle was fairly good with several runs of well bred and well presented young cattle through the sale.  The largest percentage of young cattle went to restockers, with only a very small number being acquired by the trade.

Cow prices held firm on last week averaging 182c/kg and reaching a top price of 237c/kg. Heifer prices also saw little change with an average of 206c/kg and $526 and top of 276c/kg and $1428.

Bull prices fell slightly with 17 head sold averaging 195c/kg and $1,363.

Steer prices were easier with an average of 283c/kg and $686 and top of 366c/kg and $1539.

A small number of bullocks sold on the day averaged 201c/kg and reached a top of 204c/kg.

Ramsey & Bulmer held the annual Casino Bull & Female sale on Friday, June 23 with 62 top quality Hereford and Santa Gertrudis stud bulls and females going under the hammer.

Current market trends saw vendors facing a tougher market and smaller crowd then last year with a clearance rate of 68%.

The top priced bull of the day was sold by McPherson Herefords for $11,000 to Peterson Partnership of Old Koreelah.

Bulls averaged $5400 for the day and heifers averaged $4000.

NRLX livestock agents will hold a combined store sale this Friday, June 30 with large numbers expected to finish off the end of financial year.

NRLX business administration coordinator Tegan George

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