Thursday daily livestock article
07 March 2013
Throughput at Casino was steady as young cattle made up the majority of the yarding. Medium vealer steers to restock ranged from 186¢ to 212¢, while the heifer portion to slaughter averaged around 206¢/kg. Light yearling heifers topped at 175¢ to make 161¢, while heavy grown steers sold 3¢/kg cheaper for C3 muscle lines. Medium D3 cows to slaughter averaged 138¢, up 3¢ while the better quality heavy weights averaged around 150¢/kg.
Numbers at Warrnambool lifted slightly, with the regular buyers present and operating. Heavy vealer heifers averaged 175¢ for C muscled lines, while heavy yearling steers to feed sold from 155¢ to 171¢/kg. The better quality C4 heavy yearling heifers to process topped at 190¢ to average around 158¢/kg. The 500kg to 600kg grown steers sold 9¢ cheaper on 172¢, while heavy D4 grown heifers topped at 152¢ to settle on 144¢/kg. Heavy dairy cows sold 2¢ cheaper on 93¢, while D4 beef cows averaged 122¢/kg.
Consignments at Dalby significantly reduced due to road closures in the region. Yearling steers to restock ranged from 179¢ to 213¢, while the heifer portion to process sold from 170¢ to 191¢/kg. Medium weights to feed averaged 173¢/kg. Grown steers to slaughter generally sold from 174¢ to 189¢, while the reduced number of cows saw the better quality heavy weights sell slightly dearer making 153¢/kg.
At the conclusion of Wednesdays markets the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) lifted 2.75¢ to average 341.25¢/kg cwt. Trade steer were unchanged on 189¢, while medium steers slipped 2¢ on 179¢/kg. Heavy steers also lost 3¢ making 179¢, while both the medium cow and Feeder steer indicator were steady on 129¢ and 182¢/kg.
Consignments nearly doubled at CTLX and quality lifted with greater percentages of prime trade and heavy weight lambs in the penning. Light weight 2 score lambs to restockers were 7¢ lower on 445¢, while 2 score light lambs to slaughter were 35¢ higher on 439¢/kg cwt. Trade weight 3 score lambs to slaughter were 28¢ dearer on 490¢, while heavy weight 4 score lambs to process lifted 23¢ to average 489¢/kg cwt. Medium weight 2 score Merino ewes averaged 221¢, while medium weight 3 score first cross ewes increased 53¢ to 229¢/kg cwt.
Hamilton offered a reduced sized yarding of lambs and quality was mixed. Light weight 2 score lambs to slaughter were 48¢ higher on 413¢, while 3 score light weight lambs to slaughter were 8¢ dearer on 424¢/kg cwt. Trade weight 3 score lambs to processors decreased 7¢ to 439¢, while heavy weight 4 score lambs to processers were 13¢ lower to average 448¢/kg cwt.
At the conclusion of Wednesday’s markets the eastern states restocker lamb indicator was 5¢ higher on 412¢/kg cwt. Merino lambs lifted 3¢ to 369¢, while light lambs improved 4¢ to 403¢/kg cwt. Trade lambs were unchanged on 436¢, while heavy weight lambs gained 1¢ to 444¢/kg cwt. The mutton indicator was 4¢ higher on 169¢/kg cwt.