Vealer prices increase, steers hold firm

Agents yarded 853 head at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange regular prime sale on Wednesday, February 1.

Young cattle were well supplied and cows dominated the grown cattle.

The yarding of young cattle consisted mainly of vealers, while there was a small penning of yearlings. Quality was mixed with several pens of well bred vealers and weaners along with some plainer grades. There was a larger percentage of light vealers and weaners through the sale.

Cow prices saw a slight increase on last week averaging 275c/kg and reaching a top price of 305c/kg.

Heifer prices were easier with lighter stock up to 250kg averaging 406c/kg and topping at 496c/kg. Heavier heifers over 250kg averaged 354c/kg and reached a top of 460c/kg.

Bull prices were marginally stronger with 28 head sold averaging 254c/kg and 642kg.

Lighter steer prices were dearer with those up to 250kg averaging 489c/kg and reaching a top of 626c/kg.

Heavier steers over 250kg held firm averaging 375c/kg and topping at 520c/kg. A small number of bullocks sold on the day averaged 308c/kg and reached a top of 326c/kg.

Vealer prices saw an increase this week averaging 430c/kg and 215kg and reaching a top of 596c/kg.

George & Fuhrmann held a store sale at the NRLX on Friday, February 3 with 1415 head going under the hammer.

Steers topped at 596c/kg and averaged 491c/kg and 265kg while heifers reached a top of 482c/kg and averaged 428c/kg and 257kg.

Cows reached a top price of $1,740 and cows & calves topped at $3200.

Ray White Rural held a breeder sale at the NRLX on Saturday, February 4 with 437 quality females sold on the day.

Cows topped at $2600 per head, cows & calves at $3200 and heifers reached a top price of $3250.

Ray White Rural will hold a store sale this Friday, February 10 with 1500 head expected. Ian Weir and Son will follow with a store sale on Monday, February 13.           

NRLX business administration coordinator Tegan George

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