Cattle: There was a very limited penning of 230 mixed quality cattle down almost 700 head from previous weeks sale. There was a noticeable shortage of heavy, well finished cows available with one operator absent due to having ample numbers about them. Only a few processors present to operate at limited competition on the heavier drafts. All the regular feeder and re-stocker orders were in place to mixed competition.
Limited trade cattle saw cheaper trends for the most part, with the lighter vealers slightly dearer. Feeders under 330kg saw a dearer trend, while the medium drafts saw a slightly cheaper trend. Drafts of the lighter weaners sold to dearer tends to restock and background interests.
Grown heifers saw cheaper trends, like the cows, with less numbers and weights for buyers to compete strongly. Store cows held firm, with light trade slightly cheaper and the medium weights firm to slightly dearer. Again, lack of weight and numbers in the heavier drafts, precluded processors from operating at full capacity. Overall not really enough numbers to accurately quote a market compared to the sale previous.
CATTLE: Numbers decreased slightly to yard 908 and see cows in the majority. Most processors were present along with the regular re-stocker and feeder orders, although on a restricted market trend. There was a return of competition from North of the border. Weaner steers and heifers sold to a cheaper trend, with steers 362c to 388c, and the heifer portion made to 344c/kg. Light weight yearling steers also sold to cheaper trends, making to 342c/kg. Heavy weight drafts of yearling steers sold to 370c/kg to feeder interests. The trade purchased yearling heifers from 360c to 390c, and the medium weight feeders sold to 352c/kg. Grown steers and heifers were to small in numbers to reliable quote. Cows experienced the brunt of the corrections. Light weight cows made from 202c to 218c/kg. The medium weight drafts of cows made to 246ckg. The better lines of heavy cows sold from 240c to 269c/kg. Bulls sold to cheaper price trends topping at 270c/kg.
SHEEP: At the close of business there was no MLA report but mutton was strong with 25kg very short wool XB $178, good frame forward store merino wethers 15mm wool between $145 and $158.Heaviest mutton to $220. Lambs rates appeared to be better, 55kg xb lambs $230, 43-48kg lambs between $145-$180. Rams to $110.
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CATTLE: Numbers reduced slightly to yard 959, mostly of which was a mixed quality penning. Drafts of the younger cattle experienced some quality reduction. There was an extra cow buyer present, culminating in a firm to slightly dearer trend for that category. All other re-stocker and feeder orders were in place. Quality in the weaner offering eased to see cheaper trends for re-stocker steers, there was a Queensland processor not buying but didn’t have a huge impact due to weight and quality, similar trends for the heifer portion. Light yearling steers rallied to be 8c better, however a reduction in quality for medium weight feeder steers saw a decline of 25c/kg. Light re-stocker heifers sold to a cheaper trend of 5c, however, the better classes of feeder heifers sold to a firm to dearer trend of 3c/kg . Grown steers and heifers sold to substantially cheaper trends, although lack of quality was a factor. Medium weight cows sold to firm trends, while store cows sold to 9c/kg back. The extra cow buyer saw sales of heavy cows firm to slightly dearer to see the $3.00 mark broken. The best heavy bulls were slightly cheaper to sell at 291c/kg .
CATTLE: Inverell numbers increased to 1,130 mostly good quality cattle, up 503. Young cattle and cows made up the bulk, with cows in the majority. Only three processors operated. Most young cattle sold to a cheaper trend , both to restockers and feeders. Weaners selling to restock interests saw cheaper trends of 11c to 29c/kg. Light steers to restockers saw reductions of 22c/kg, with the feeder drafts up to 20c/kg back. The medium weight steers sold from 311c to 430c/kg. Light heifers to feed sold to cheaper trends of 12c/kg. The medium weights, however, saw a dearer trend of 11c/kg. Grown steers made to 349c, while the heifer portion saw a cheaper trend of 11c/kg. Cows saw cheaper trends throughout with limited competition from the processors present. Light and medium weight cows were 4c to 20c back, while the heavy weight cows saw reductions of 25c/kg. Restocker operator competition was subdued.
SHEEP / Lambs: There were 300 lambs and 678 grown sheep, to total 978, 600 less than two weeks ago. Sheep and lamb quality lifted to see a generally dearer market for all categories. All the regular buyers attended for what was another sale with limited numbers for all grades. Light trade lambs saw dearer trends, as did the trade lambs, which showed a significant rise in trends. Medium lambs sold from $170 to $200, heavy lambs also selling to dearer trends, with a lift in quality, selling from $231 to $265/head. Hoggets sold to $214/head. Grown sheep sold to dearer trends with crossbred ewes to $240 and Dorpers to $160/head. Medium weight ewes made from $124 to $240/head. A pen of heavy wethers weighing 67kg, sold to $224/head.
CATTLE: There was a 30% reduction in supply to yard 620 cattle with young cattle in less numbers and the cow yarding experiencing similar numbers to the previous week. Processors showed strong competition on the cow offering, while there was strong demand for re-stock and feeder cattle. Steer weaners to background and the trade experienced significant price rises, as did the heifer portion, to be up 16c/kg dearer. Light weight yearling steers sold to 22c better to re-stockers, 200-240kg steers realising $4.50 and better while light and medium weight feeders sold to 14c to 18c/kg dearer. Yearling heifers also sold to dearer price trend, with light weights averaging 57c/kg better to re-stockers and the trade. Medium weight feeders were 4c better, while medium trade weights sold up to 39c/kg dearer. Limited number of grown steers sold to dearer trends, with the heifer portion up 14c/kg better. Medium weight cows to re-stockers sold to dearer trends with 380-410kg store cows reaching almost to $3.00 and the medium weights to processors averaged 18c/kg better. Well-conditioned D3 cows also sold to dearer trends of 18c/kg. Heavy bulls were 12c/kg better. A pen of well-bred cows and calves made to $2,420/unit.
Next cattle and sheep sale 17th March.
LPA National Vendor Declarations
• Updated versions of NVDs (0720) for all species (sheep and goats, cattle and bobby calves) will be available from 1 July 2020. • Current versions of NVDs for all species will continue to be accepted until 31 December 2020. • From 1 January 2021 only the updated version of NVDs (0720) will be accepted for all species.
Under the Accelerated Adoption Initiative, MLA provided temporary relief for costs incurred for the delivery of key products and services from MLA including LPA Production Assurance (LPA) accreditation and reaccreditation, LPA National Vendor Declaration (NVD) books, eDEC tokens and hardcopy LPA materials. Be mindful not to stock up on LPA NVD books due to the upcoming version changes.
CATTLE: Numbers increased slightly to yard 916 head with this being a mixed quality penning and with a good selection of supplement fed cattle, including cows. Most categories experienced cheaper price trends throughout, due to a reduction in quality from last sale. There was softer feeder competition, however there was strong demand on light weight re-stocker cows. Not all processors were present, and the result for slaughter cows was cheaper. Vealer steers and heifers saw solid competition from restock interest, to improve in price by 9c to 20c/kg. However light weight feeder steers experienced cheaper trends due to a reduction in quality and eased in price by 17c/kg. Steers to the re-stockers also lost ground to ease in price by 12c/kg. Medium weight feeder steers sold to dearer trends, to improve by up 15c/kg. Plain conditioned heifers saw significant falls in price, and the medium weight feeders were the least affected to be 5c/kg cheaper. Grown heifers to processors sold to a dearer trend of 11c/kg. Light weight cows to re-stockers experienced strong demand to gain up to 10c/kg. However, demand fell on the medium weights to processors, to ease by 7c/kg. The heavy D2 and D3 cows to processors eased in price by 2c to 5c/kg. The better bulls were dearer, to gain up 6c/kg.
SHEEP: A very small penning of 358 sheep and 105 lambs precluded an accurate market, however the market overall saw cheaper trends for lambs and sheep dearer. All the regular buyers were present. Trade lambs saw a dearer trend, up $11/head. Quality and weight saw heavy trades significantly cheaper, as did the heavy lambs. Weight was back on the extra heavy lambs, seeing a reduction of $8/head. Hoggets sold to dearer trend with better weights involved. Grown sheep were mostly dearer with better weights offered. Medium weights saw a substantial rise with heavy crossbreds to $190/head. Merino rams sold to $140 and young Dorper ewes sold to $143/head.
CATTLE: Numbers were similar to last week to yard 769 with young cattle well represented and a slight reduction in the cow offering. All the regular buying panel was represented and operating, with strong feeder and re-stocker interest in place. Processors were competitive in the limited offering of heavy cows.
Light weight steer and heifer weaners were short, in both supply and quality, but sold to strong trends from 416c to 450c/kg. Well-bred yearling steers sold to re-stockers in a strong market, to gain up to 17c/kg. Steers under 330kg to feed saw dearer price trends, to also improve by up 17c/kg. The medium weight yearling steers sold to a dearer trend of 21c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers experienced cheaper trends to the trade of 8c/kg. Good drafts of medium weight re-stocker heifers experienced slight rises.
Grown steers and heifers were too small in numbers to give a reliable quote. Light weight cows to re-stockers sold to a dearer trend, to gain up to 13c/kg with 370kg cows making $2.78. Medium weight cows to processors sold to firm market, while D3 cows were slightly cheaper. Heavy D4 cows experienced a sharp rise of up to 29c/kg. The better bulls saw a reduction in price of 13c/kg.
Next cattle/sheep sale 3rd March.
CATTLE: Number reduced slightly to yard 792, again with good numbers of supplementary fed young cattle on offer. There was strong competition from the regular buying panel, with re-stocker and feeder orders competing for stock. Young cattle saw strong trends throughout the sale, while cows experience reduced competition. Limited light steer and heifer weaners attracted strong re-stocker interest, with price trends rising in the order of 25c/kg. Light yearling steers also sold to dearer trends, of up 30c/kg, from both restock and feeder competition, 320kg $4.24. Medium weight yearling steers to feed gained up 10c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers to re-stockers were 9c/kg dearer. Medium weight yearling heifers to the trade were 13c/kg better. Grown steers sold to slightly dearer trends of 3c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to the trade made from 345c to 366c/kg. Light weight plain quality grown heifers back to the paddock sold to 324c, while heavy heifers 380-400kg to processors were up 30c/kg better to reach $3.64. Cows lost ground from the previous market, with a decline in both quality and weight for the better types. Medium weight cows saw a reduction of 12c to 24c, while D3 cows experienced a fall of 18c/kg . Store cows retained value, making from 260c to 269c/kg. 6 tooth heifers made to $3.22 as did 400kg store conditioned 6T heifers. The best of the heavy bulls was firm to slightly dearer topping at 316c/kg.
SHEEP: Numbers reduced slightly to 844 lambs and 1,200 grown sheep. There were some good drafts of heavy lambs, however not up to the weight of two weeks ago. The market saw dearer trends throughout, however lack of weight and quality through the sheep offering saw cheaper trends in those categories. All the regular buyers attended. Light trade lambs sold to dearer trends of $14/head. Trade lambs also enjoyed dearer trends, up to $21/head better. Heavy lambs saw a rise of $19, however the weight in the extra heavy drafts was reduced to see a cheaper trend, selling to $248/head. Hoggets made to $160/head. Light and medium ewes saw a cheaper trend, re-stockers making to $111 and $90/head to the trade. Heavy Dorper ewes made to $156/head. The best wethers sold to $185/head. Merino rams sold to $140/head.
GOATS: Most processors are hovering around the $8.50-$9 for heavier goats and $9.50 kg for under 18kg.
LPA National Vendor Declarations
- Updated versions of NVDs (0720) for all species (sheep and goats, cattle and bobby calves) will be available from 1 July 2020.
- Current versions of NVDs for all species will continue to be accepted until 31 December 2020.
- From 1 January 2021 only the updated version of NVDs (0720) will be accepted for all species.
Under the Accelerated Adoption Initiative, MLA provided temporary relief for costs incurred for the delivery of key products and services from MLA including LPA Production Assurance (LPA) accreditation and reaccreditation, LPA National Vendor Declaration (NVD) books, eDEC tokens and hardcopy LPA materials.
Be mindful not to stock up on LPA NVD books due to the upcoming version changes.
CATTLE: Numbers were similar to last week to yard 910 with a very good selection of grain assisted cattle available, both in the yearling and cow categories. A full complement of buyers were present to take advantage of the quality penning and operated in a much dearer market.
Limited numbers of weaners sold to dearer trends, with re-stockers operating, particularly in the heifer category, seeing rises of up to 54c/kg. Light weight yearling steers sold to significantly dearer trends, up to 60c/kg, to re-stocker interest. Store condition steers 260-300kg $2.80-$3.10 with the younger fresher types making .50c more. Light steers to feed saw slight rises, medium weights, up 8c/kg. Heavy and trade steers sold to much dearer trends, up 17c, with the medium weights, up to 58c/kg better. Similarly, light heifers sold to re-stockers, up 10c/kg. Trade heifers also sold to dearer trends, up 9c/kg.
Grown steers saw dearer trends of 12c, the heifer portion up 47c/kg. All cow categories sold to dearer trends, both to processors and re-stockers. Light and medium weight cows saw substantially dearer trends to re-stocker interest. The trade price also increased for medium weights, with good offerings of well finished D3 and D4 cows selling 19 to 29c/kg better. Heavy cows to $3.22. A better-quality bull penning saw the best bulls to 25c/kg dearer.
Sheep sale next week 18th February.
Goats still returning between $8.50 and $9.50, contact us for exact rates.
CATTLE; There was a 30% rise in the offering to yard 912 head with a good selection of supplementary fed young cattle and a good lift in cow quality. One exporter was absent, however there was a spike in competition in the feeder and backgrounder section of the offering. Young weaner type black steers bringing around the $4.00kg to $4.40 but in a very small offering. Limited young cattle numbers saw yearling steers make to 372c, with the yearling heifer portion substantially dearer reaching 354c/kg. Both these classes sold to re-stock and background interest. Light and medium weight yearling steers to feed sold to a much dearer trend, to gain 24c to 43c/kg. Supplementary fed trade steers were also dearer, with medium weights up to 37c better, and heavy weights 13c/kg dearer. Local backgrounders stepped into the yearling heifers and paid up to 329c/kg. Supplement fed yearling heifers saw rises of 25c/kg. Both grown steers and heifers experienced considerable rises. The big improvement was in the cow offering. Light weight cows saw dearer price trends of up to 27c/kg from $2.10 to $2.35. Medium weight cows to processors were much dearer and re-stocker classes received a rise of 21c/kg with a lot of cows between $2.45 to the heavier end reaching $2.80. Heavy well finished cows saw rises of 23c to 30c, with top cows making to 295c/kg. Bulls were up to 18c/kg better to realise mid $2.90’s.
SHEEP/LAMBS: There were 1,000 mostly good quality lambs offered, along with 957 grown sheep. Heavy lambs dominated the penning, eventuating in a rise in trends for those classes and, as well as the trade lambs. Store lamb buyers were also active. All the regular buyers were present. Young lambs saw dearer trends of $12/head. Light re-stocker lambs sold to much dearer trends, topping at $149/head. Trade lambs saw trends rise $15 to $23/head. Medium weights also sold to dearer trends of $25/head, with heavy lambs seeing significant rises. Extra heavy lambs also sold to a dearer trend, up to $30/head better from $200 to $250. Hoggets sold to $182/head. Light ewes were $14 dearer, while medium weights sold $10 to $20/head dearer. First Cross made to $160 and Dorpers made to $155/head. Heavy crossbreds were $33 dearer, while the best wethers sold to $200/head. Heavy rams sold to $120/head.
GOATS: Prices remaining steady this week with a shortage of numbers after wide spread rain, processors were forced to keep rates firm with most prices still bringing between $8.50 and $9.50 depending on weight and processor. Feel free to contact me for description on rates.