14 October, 2020
Demand-driven market see Charolais cross steers hit 572c/kg
Queensland cattle market wrap: Plain condition cows returning to the paddock experienced strong competition to average 16c/kg dearer.
(Report from October 8)
There were 1,700 head of cattle were yarded at the Blackall weekly prime and store sale. All the usual buyers were present and operating. Prices lifted 10c/kg on previous weeks for export cows. There were some very good quality lines of store steers as well as PTIC cows and heifers on offer, which saw strong support from local interstate buyers. Records continued to tumble, with steers under 200kg selling to 554.2c and steers 200 to 280kg making 528.2c with most of the better-quality averaging 453c/kg. Steers 330 to 400kg to feed sold to 400c with most around 390c and heavy feeder steers over 400kg sold to 390c to average 382c/kg. Light weight heifers 200 to 280kg sold to 380.2c to average 364c and heifers 330 to 400kg to feed made to 390.2c averaging 375c/kg. Medium weight PTIC cows sold to 300c while a top price of 390.2c was paid for the PTIC heifers. Heavy heifers to kill lost 15c selling to 338.2c to average 318c, medium weight export cows sold to 306.2 to average 285c/kg. Good heavy cows maintained recent prices selling to 312.2c to average 305c/kg. Heavy bulls sold to 318.2/kg and cxc sold to $2010/head.
(Report from October 7)
Quality improved and numbers increased by 1,121 head to 3,541 cattle in Charters Towers where records tumbled in a demand driven market. Some good lines of local bullocks and cows saw values increase on recent weeks, while some large lines of very good quality light steers and heifers saw records tumble. Values for prime cattle increase by 15c to 20c and restocker categories improved by up to 70c on recent weeks. All regular processors were in attendance and operating with strong demand supported by one live exporter regular feeder buyers and several western and southern restockers. Cattle were drawn from Mt Isa, Doomadgee, Normanton, Greenvale, Ravenswood, local and coastal areas. Light steer calves to back grounders reached 505.2c and heifer calves sold to 420.2c with a large sample of mixed sex calves averaging an astonishing 436c/kg. Light vealer steers to restockers sold to 490.2c to average from 454c to 485c, with steers above 280kg to restockers averaging 412c/kg. Vealer heifers to processors topped at 385.2c to average from 375c to 378c, while restocker lines averaged from 340c to 363c/kg. Yearling steers returning to grass made to 362.2c to average 332c, with feeder steers averaging from 335c to 364c/kg. Yearling heifers met continued strong demand increasing by 16c to 18c, selling to 366c to average from 321c to 352c/kg. Heavy grown steers to feed sold to 350.2c to average the same, while processors secured a small number to 347c/kg. Heavy grown heifers to the trade sold to 328.2c to average from 270c to 296c/kg. Heavy bullocks improved by 5c to 15c, with those to export slaughter selling to 377.2c with most sales from 364c to 374c/kg. An Increased number of cows met very strong demand from all processors, with heavy cows increasing by 16c to 18c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows sold to 280.2c to average 262c and 3 scores sold to 312.2c to average above 289c/kg. Prime heavy weight 4 score cows made to 318c/kg. Cows to western restockers sold to 260c averaging 235c to 246c/kg. Heavy bulls to live export reached 338.2c to average 317c to 327c while feeder weights reached 360.2c to average 309c to 335c/kg. Young males returning to grass sold to 492.2c to average 379c/kg. A small number of cows and calves sold from $1260 to $1700/unit.
(Report from October 8)
There was an increase of 348 head to 1,680 head at Emerald sale. Cattle were yarded from the local areas along with several larger lines from Charters Towers and further north. With the increase in lines there was also an improvement in quality and prices responded accordingly with improvements on most sections. The usual processors were in attendance along with several additions to the restocker ranks. Calves sold to a top of 444c to return averages for mixed sexes from 408c to 424c/kg. Yearling steers sold to strong competition to top at 501c with the major runs of light weights averaging 468c/kg to restockers. The medium and heavy pens averaged from 371c to 395c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers also led the heifer averages with sales to 461c to average from 439c to 451c/kg as the result. Forward conditioned, medium and heavy pens were shared between the trade and feeder buyers to average from 349c to 389c/kg. Grown steers were in short supply, selling to feed at 380c/kg on average for the best and to processors on average from 327c to 360c/kg for the bullocks. Grown heifers to feed averaged from 333c to 351c/kg whilst those to the trade averaged from 307c to 317c/kg. Two score cows averaged 244c to feed and 251c to processor interests with heavy 4 score cows making to a top of 295c to average 284c/kg. Heavy bulls sold to 339c to live export to average 331c and processors paid to 330c to average 311c/kg.
(Report from October 13)
A total of 5,402 head of cattle were consigned at Roma’s Store Sale on Tuesday.
Weaner steers under 220kg topped at 572c/kg and averaged 531c/kg, weaner steers in the 220-280kg range reached 530c/kg and averaged 481c/kg. Steers in the 280-350kg range reached 486c/kg and averaged 424c/kg, and steers in the 350-400kg range reached 442c/kg and averaged 400c/kg. Feeder steers in the 400-550kg range topping at 410c/kg and averaging 373c/kg. Cows and calves hit $1,940/unit.
Bangor Cattle Co Pty Ltd, Bangor, Mungallala sold Charolais cross steers to 572c/kg, reaching a top of $1,215 to average $905. The Brahman heifers sold to 560c/kg, reaching a top of $1,409 to average $983. CJ Russell, Ingledoon, Augathella sold Santa steers to 568c/kg, reaching a top of $1,566 to average $1,369. LL & SD Bode, Percol Plains, McKinlay sold Angus cross steers to 568c/kg, reaching a top of $1,408 to average $1,000. Layershire Pty Ltd, Koorandai, Roma sold Charolais cross steers to 550c/kg, reaching a top of $1,374 to average $1,168. The Angus cross heifers sold to 498c/kg, reaching a top of $1,289 to average $1,047. DK & DEM Williams, Woodlands, Wyandra sold Droughtmaster steers to 536c/kg, reaching a top of $1,250 to average $1,096.
Heifers under 220kg topped at 560c/kg and averaged 458c/kg, while heifers in the 220-280kg range topped at 496c/kg and averaged 425c/kg. Heifers in the 280-350kg range topped at 472c/kg, averaging 354c/kg. Heifers in the 350-450kg range topped at 384c/kg, averaging 334c/kg. RW & MJ Rowbotham, Bomar, Roma sold Angus cross heifers to 447c/kg, reaching a top of $1,325 to average $1,325. Lorraine Pastoral Co P/L, Lorraine Station, Cloncurry sold Droughtmaster cross heifers to 342c/kg, reaching a top of $1,305 to average $1,181.
Cows in the 300-400kg range reached 352c/kg and averaged 266c/kg, while cows in the 400kg-500kg range reached 336c/kg and averaged 294c/kg. Cows over 500kg topped at 323c/kg, averaging 308c/kg. Derbyshire Downs Pastoral Co Pty Ltd, Derbyshire Downs, Augathella sold Angus cross cows to 323c/kg, reaching a top of $2,072 to average $2,072.
(Report from October 12)
There was a large increase in numbers to 483 head at the Toowoomba cattle sale, following the two week break in the selling program. Export buyer attendance was good with the return of a major export processor plus the regular buyers, along with interstate and local restockers. Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock experienced a large lift in price compared to the previous sale of two weeks ago. Yearling steers to feed averaged 3c to 7c/kg better. Light weight yearling heifers to restockers or background sold to strong demand for the quality penned. Yearling heifers to feed improved in price. Plain condition cows returning to the paddock experienced strong competition to average 16c/kg dearer. Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to 536c to average 491c/kg. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market averaged from 413c to 419c with sales to 440c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed made to 391c to average 387c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers returning to the paddock averaged 416c and made to 448c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed made to 420c to average 395c/kg. A handful of yearling heifers to local butchers made to 406c/kg. A small selection of bullocks sold to 380.2c/kg. Medium weight plain condition cows returning to the paddock made to 280c, and the handful to processes averaged 256c/kg. Good heavy weight cows average 277c and made to 280c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 303c/kg.
(Report from October 13)
The supply of stock increased by 381 to 1,057 head at Warwick. Export buyer attendance was good with the return of all the major export operators. The usual panel of feed and trade buyers were in attendance along with local and interstate restockers. Light weight yearling steers to restockers improved by 8c/kg. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market remained very close to the previous weeks improved prices, and yearling heifers to feed followed a similar trend. A small selection of bullocks to export processors averaged 5c/kg dearer. All classes of cows improved in price with interstate restockers lifting plain condition cows by up to 16c/kg. Good heavy weight cows to export processors averaged 11c/kg dearer.
Light weight yearling steers to restockers sold to 538.2c to average 479c/kg. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market made to 440c to average 417c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 395c and made to 405c/kg. Heavy weights to the trade made to 419.2c to average 404c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers to restockers or background made to 501c with a good sample averaging 440c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed made to 436c to average from 396c to 410c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers to processors averaged 362c, with the occasional sale to 394c/kg.
Bullocks averaged 369c and made to 376.2c/kg. Medium weight plain condition cows returning to the paddock made to 287c to average 278c/kg. Good heavy weight cows to export processors averaged 307c and made to 317.2c/kg in pen lots. Heavy weight bulls made to 327.2c/kg.