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Slight drop in numbers with young cattle sold

Numbers were down slightly with around 650 head of young cattle sold consisting mainly of vealers and weaner cattle, and a smaller offering of yearlings.

by Susanna Freymark, 07/19/2020, 2 min read

NRLX Market Report  - Week Ending Friday July 17

Agents yarded a total of 978 head at Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange’s Prime Sale on Wednesday July 15.

Numbers were down slightly from the prior week, with around 650 head of young cattle sold consisting mainly of vealers and weaner cattle, with a smaller offering of yearlings. There were increased numbers of light, plain conditioned young cattle sold.

Best of the cows made to 291.2c/kg, similar to the prior week, with an average of 489kg, the top return came back at $1,736.46 for five head sold. Heifers topped at 436.2c/kg, averaging 269kg, with Paul & Nicole Fleming selling two head for $1,833.96.

Bullocks and steers sold well, with steers reaching 492.2c/kg and averaging 231kg, with $1,867.95 being the top price for Kathleen & Merv Morgan who sold five head. Best of the bullocks reached $2,696.00 for teo head sold by producers LW & MJ Johnston. Bullocks topped at 325c/kg and averaged 637kg.

305 head of veal yarded reached a top price of 486.2c/kg with an average weight of 211kg, with the best price for 1 head sold going to C Perkins for $1,359.66. Yearling steers averaged at 369kg, topped the yearling market at 315.2c/kg and Tom & VE Cooper achieved a return of $1,255.55 for three head sold.

Friday 17 saw a Ray White Rural Casino Store Sale where a total of 1240 head were yarded, finishing the week on a strong note.

The cow market held strong, with the top price for one head sold coming back at $1,900.00. 137 cows and calves were yarded where they again sold well with a top of $2,340.00 for three head sold by producer Peter Ellem.

Heifers topped their market at 448.2c/kg, averaged at 233kg and top return went to SC & EJ Brown at $1,341.67 for three head sold. Steers made to 472.2c/kg, averaged at 264kg and $1,980.61 for one head sold was achieved by WJ Somerville.

Saturday, July 25 will see a combined agent’s sale for the 22nd Annual All Breeds Bull & Female Sale. 138 head of bulls and 10 females of outstanding quality will be on offer. Sale will commence at 11am, with online viewing and bidding available through StockLive at

Anyone wishing to bid online is encouraged to do so 12 hours before the sale to ensure you are ready to go prior to the sale commencing.

Please be advised that due to continuing threat posed by Covid 19, restrictions on entry to the NRLX facility remain in place, this includes no children under the age of 16 being permitted entry and the requirement for all buyers to complete a declaration at the entry gate. For more information please contact NRLX administration staff.

Ebony Nowlan, NRLX