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30 September, 2020

QLD cattle market: Latest prices from across the state

WELCOME to our first weekly wrap up of the Queensland cattle markets.

Cattle sale, saleyards

Warwick - September 29

 There was a large increase in supply to 819 head at Warwick. Buyer attendance was good with a return of a full panel of export processors plus the usual feed and trade buyers and restockers. Overall quality was generally good with a large sample of heavy grown steers and bullocks penned, plus a better quality line up of heavy weight cows. Prices improved a further 23c/kg on light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market also lifted in price. Yearling heifers to feed averaged 18c/kg better. Cows generally gained 6c to 7c/kg and more on plain conditional lines Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 479c and made to 534.2c/kg. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market made to 440c to average from 412c to 420c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to the trade made to the occasional 414.2c/kg. Yearling heifers under 200kg returning to the paddock made to 500c, while yearling heifers under 280kg made to 442c to average 426c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed made to 420c to average 400c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers to the trade made to an isolated 420c/kg. Bullocks made to 366c with a good sample averaging 360c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows to processors made to 264c to average 262c/kg. Good heavy weight cows averaged 297c and sold in pen lots to 306.2c/kg. Heavy weight bulls made to 333c/kg.  

Toowoomba - September 28

There was a small increase in supply to 202 head at the Toowoomba cattle sale. Overall quality was fair to good, and young light weight cattle were in the largest numbers. The usual panel of buyers was present and all were operating in a very solid market with some small improvements in places. Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock experienced very strong support. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market followed a similar trend, and a lift in the standard of the heavy weights to feed improved average prices. Light weight yearling heifers to restockers or background averaged over 20c/kg better. The handful of cows penned were in demand. Vealer heifers to the local trade market made to 413.2c/kg. Yearling steers under 200kg returned to the paddock at an average of 503c and sold to 514.2c/kg. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market made to 436.2c, and averaged from 413c to 419c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 384c and made to 388c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers made to 438c to average 423c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed averaged 390c and made to 399c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers to the trade made to 390c/kg. The handful of heavy grown steers to export processors made to 336.2c/kg. Heavy weight cows made from 264.2c to 290.2c/kg. Heavy weight bulls made to 268.2c/kg. The next cattle sale in Toowoomba will be 12/10/20 due to the public holiday on 05/10/20.

Roma Store - September 29

Cattle numbers rose to 4,090 at the Roma Store Sale, up from the previous week by 299 head. Cattle were predominantly drawn from the local supply area and the yarding was again of mixed quality, with steers accounting for almost half the yarding. There were limited runs of single vendor lines present, with the exception of a large run of PTIC heifers and cows. A larger buying panel was present, including all regular processors, and buyers were again operating to strong demand. Prices remained strong with noticeable improvements for secondary cattle and cows. Light weight steers improved by 53c, while light weight heifers improved by 24c/kg. Medium weight cows lifted in price by 9c to 18c, and heavy weight cows improved by 9c to 12c/kg. The limited number of light weight yearling steers under 200kg to restockers made to 522.2c to average 490c/kg. A good sample of light weight yearling steers under 280kg to restockers also made to 522.2c to average 459c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers under 330kg to feed sold to 448.2c to average 422c/kg. The largest sample of medium weight yearling steers under 400kg to feed sold to 431.2c to average 406c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers over 400kg to feed made to a top of 428.2c to average 397c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers under 200kg to restockers reached a top of 470.2c to average 435c/kg. The largest sample of light weight yearling heifers under 280kg to restockers made to 470.2c to average 427c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers under 330kg to restockers sold to 442.2c to average 410c, while medium weight yearling heifers under 400kg to feed made to 430.2c to average 392c/kg. The best of the medium weight grown steers to feed sold to 369.2c to average 363c/kg. PTIC grown heifers over 540kg reached a top of 422.2c to average 401c/kg. Medium weight 4 score cows made to a top of 305.2c to average 302c/kg. Heavy weight 3 score cows made to 298.2c to average 291c, while heavy weight 4 score cows made to 312.2c to average 305c/kg. The best of the heavy weight bulls made to 325.2c to average 310c/kg. A larger number of cows and calves were yarded with the best reaching a top of $2340/unit.  

Emerald - September 24

 The yarding at Emerald increased by 1,097 head to 2,255 this week. Cattle were drawn largely from the local area. Quality was mixed, however competition was good and there was improvement in many classes. The normal buyer panel was present along with a couple of additional restockers. Steer calves reached a top of 438c with mixed sex averages from 384c to 422c/kg to restocker buyers. Yearling steers eased a little in line with the quality offered, to average from 388c to 434c/kg, again to restockers for 200 to 280kg pens. Medium and heavy pens averaged 364 to 383c/kg. Yearling heifers averaged from 390c to 392c and were split between restockers and processors for light weights while the medium and heavy classes averaged from 362c to 381c/kg. A light supply of grown steers to feed averaged 294c to 346c whilst processors paid to 350c to average 348c/kg for their best finished bullocks. Processors also paid to 343c/kg for the best bred and finished grown heifers to average 336c/kg with plain lines averaging 286c/kg. Two score cows to processor interests averaged 235c/kg with the best conditioned 4 score heavy cows averaging 274c/kg. Medium and heavy bulls mostly sold to live export buyers to average 322c/kg. One pen of good quality cows and calves made $1,780/unit.   

Dalby - September 23

 The supply of stock reduced by 1,075 head to 3,266 at Dalby. Buyer attendance was good with all the major export processors and feeder operators in attendance and active, plus the return of interstate and local restockers. Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 20c/kg better and more in places. Yearling steers to feed sold to very solid demand. A very good quality line up of light weight yearling heifers sold for future breeders averaged 30c/kg dearer. Yearling heifers to feed remained very close to the previous weeks improved prices. A fair selection of medium and heavy grown steers and bullocks received very strong support from processors as well as feeder operators. All classes of cows improved in price with average prices 11c to 15c/kg better. A large selection of yearling steers under 200kg made to 540.2c to average 503c/kg. Yearling steers under 280kg averaged 453c and made to 488c/kg. Well bred yearling steers under 330kg returned to the paddock at an average of 493c, with sales to 503.2c/kg. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market averaged from 403c to 417c with sales to 444c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 387c and made to 397.2c/kg. Yearling heifers under 200kg sold to restockers at an average of 495c with sales to 526.2c/kg. Yearling heifers under 280kg also made to 526c to average 466c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed averaged from 389c to 393c, with sales to 414c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 367c and made to 380c/kg. Medium weight 4 tooth steers to feed made to 390c to average 342c/kg. Heavy weight grown steers to export processors averaged 354c, and the bullock portion made to 364c to average 341c/kg. Medium weight 3 score cows averaged 275c, and the best of the medium weights sold to 295c/kg. Good heavy weight cows averaged 291c with sales to 303c/kg. Heavy weight bulls were noticeably dearer to average 315c with sales to 358.2c/kg.

Gracemere - September 23

 Following a week with no sale due to stud sale commitments, CQLX Gracemere agents penned a similar sized yarding of 3,068 head. Cattle came from most areas across Central Queensland and north as Charters Towers. It was a good quality yarding overall and featured a line of grey Brahman breeder cows following a property sale and a large draft of number 8 and 9 grey Brahman heifers. These breeder lines had been pregnancy tested and were sold accordingly, to make above average replacement values. Steer calves made to a top of 447c to return mixed sex averages of 382c to 427c/kg. Light weight yearling steers sold to restockers to 451c, that averaged from 403c to 421c/kg. The medium to heavy pens of yearling steers averaged from 360c to 401c/kg for the majority of well bred cattle. Light weight yearling heifers sold to 421c with restocker lines averaging 389c/kg for well bred pens. Plain lines averaged 358c with processors buying theirs to a top of 401c to average 391c/kg. Medium to heavy yearling heifers returned averages for well bred lines, to make from 356c to 379c/kg. Feeders paid to 379c/kg for their best grown steers, while processors paid to a top of 337c/kg to average 324c/kg. Grown heifers went to feed for average prices of 331c to 353c/kg. Processors averaged from 315c to 333c/kg for those to the trade and restockers averaged 365c to 408c/kg, with the highest prices being for PTIC heifers. Two score PTIC cows sold to 297c/kg to restocker interests. Heavy 4 score cows held value, averaging 272c whilst restockers paid to 308c/kg for heavy cows to return to the paddock. Heavy bulls to Live export averaged 295c, with a 313c/kg top. Cow and calf units sold from $1,325 to $2,125/unit.

Charters Towers - September 23

 Numbers were similar to last sale with 2,585 mostly prime cattle presented this week with more than 2,600 booked for a store sale on Friday. Some very good lines of prime cows and bullocks were presented along with increased numbers of heavy bulls. All regular processors were in attendance and operating, supported by two live exporters and feeder buyers operating at increased rates on last sale. Bullocks improved by 7c, heavy cows lifted by 11c to 20c and heavy bulls improved by 5c to 8c/kg. Cattle were drawn from Mt Isa, Normanton, Richmond, Pentland, Ingham, Townsville, Belyando, local and coastal areas. A small number of heavy vealer steers to feed made 360.2c and vealer heifers to processors sold to 380.2c to average 366c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed sold firm to 20c dearer, topping at 338.2c to average 334c and grown heifers to feed also made 338.2c to average 294c/kg. Grown heifers to the trade sold to 324.2c to average 276c/kg. Limited numbers of yearling steers to feed sold to 365.2c/kg. Grown steers to live export sold to 339.2c to average 328c and heavy steers above 400kg to feed topped at 365.2c to average 355c/kg. Heavy bullocks to live export topped at 345.2c to average 340c and processor lines averaged 341c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows lifted 3c, selling to 266c to average 248c and 3 scores sold to 290.2c to average 266c/kg. Prime heavy weight cows sold to 280.2c to average 278c/kg. Increased numbers of heavy bulls to live export topped at 342.2c, with most sales from 330c to 338c/kg. Feeder weight males to feed destined for live export averaged from 280c to 320c/kg.  

Blackall - September 24

 Local rainfall saw numbers fall to 2,080 head at the Blackall monthly weaner and store sale. Overall quality was good and included some good runs of vendor bred restocker lines. There was strong support from local and southern restockers buyers and most categories saw significant gains on light weight cattle. Feeder cattle remained firm on previous weeks. Light weight restocker steers under 200kg set a new yard record at 522.2c to average 478c, steers 200 to 280kg made to 498c to average 445c for the c muscle types, steers 280 to 330kg sold to 446.2c to average 423c and medium weight feeder steers made to 390.2c to average 383c/kg. Light weight restocker heifers under 200kg met strong competition selling to 478.2c to average 439c, Heifers 200 to 280kg made 460.2c to average 406c and feeder heifers sold to 380.2c to average 370c/kg. A Large run of good quality store cows sold to 290.2c/kg.  

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