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Improvement in heifer prices at cattle sales

Quality of the sale was mixed with the largest percentage of young cattle in fresh store condition, however there was several runs of well-bred cattle through the sale that were suitable for restockers and backgrounders.

by Susanna Freymark, 07/06/2020, 2 min read

AGENTS yarded a total of 1548 head at NRLX on Wednesday, July 1 with good competition from buyers and a strong market as a result of the increased numbers.

Young cattle consisted mainly of vealers and weaners with a small offering of yearlings.

Quality of the sale was mixed with the largest percentage of young cattle in fresh store condition, however there were several runs of well-bred cattle through the sale that were suitable for restockers and backgrounders.

The cow market saw heavy cows sell firm to slightly dearer with a top of 308.2c/kg and an average weight of 473kg. Producer Ron & CE Dean saw a top return of $2,055 for one head sold.

Again, we saw an improvement in heifer prices with the best of them making 502.2c/kg, with an average of 253kg and Glen & Vicki Cole selling one head for $1,920.54.

Bullock and steer prices held strong for the regular prime sale. 40 bullocks yarded averaged at 569kg and topped at 356.2c/kg with Therese Carew seeing a return of $2,475.59 for one head sold.

306 steers were yarded with a significant increase in the average and top price from the prior week of 393.6c/kg for the average and 538.2c/kg for the top.

Average kilos came back at 254kg and Coonambelah Enterprises P/L achieved a return of $2,853.74 to top the category.

420 head of veal were yarded with an increase of 5 to 10c overall. Average weight came back at 215kg with a top of 530.2c/kg and an average of 407.3c/kg. Robert & NR Lowrey sold one head for $1,424.23.

Yearling heifers made a top of 416.2c/kg, averaged at 298kg and Warren & Robyn Bulmer sold one head for a return of $1,415.08.

Yearling steers 410c/kg and averaged at 313kg with Russell & T Cole selling four head for $1,281.25.

Ramsey & Bulmer and T&W McCormack combined for a store sale last Friday where agents yarded 2154 head for a strong market.

Top priced cows achieved $2,100 for 5 head sold by Justin Parker. 90 cows and calves were yarded that sold to $2,540 for Danny & Elissa Rapmund for four head. 11 bulls were yarded with one making $4,750 for producers NV & GP McIntyre.

1,299 head of steers were sold where prices were extremely favourable. 580c/kg was the top price with an average of 280kg and top return of $2,062.80 for two head sold by G Baildon.

615 heifers were offered, again selling strong, with top priced heifers selling to 460c/kg and averaging at 217kg. Johnston Family Trust achieved the maximum return of $2,220 for eight head sold.

Friday, July 10 will see a George & Fuhrmann store sale with 800 head on offer from 10am.

Ebony Nowlan, NRLX business administration coordinator