Thursday daily livestock article
21 June 2012
Dalby’s total throughput increased 7% with a good mix of cattle across most categories. Calves to restockers lifted 6¢ to average 217¢, while light yearling steers experienced increased competition topping at 229¢ to average 215¢/kg. The heavy portion ranged from 181¢ to 202¢/kg. Light yearling heifers to feed lifted 9¢ on 197¢, with medium grown steers settling on 175¢, back 3¢/kg. Medium D2 cows remained firm on 125¢/kg.
Numbers at Casino lifted with quality plain as the winter weather is taking effect on the younger cattle. Light vealer steers to restockers lost 13¢ to average 210¢, while the heifer portion lifted 3¢ settling on 190¢/kg. Medium weight C2 vealer heifers ranged from 197¢ to 210¢ averaging 205¢/kg. Medium D3 cows topped at 138¢ averaging 132¢/kg.
Warrnambool had a slight increase in numbers with quality and prices mixed. Heavy vealer steers to feeders averaged 199¢, while the heifer portion finished on 185¢/kg. Heavy D3 yearling heifers saw some competition, lifting 9¢ to average 168¢/kg. Medium C3 grown steers ranged from 175¢ to 190¢ settling on 180¢/kg, while D1 dairy cows lifted 11¢ on 123¢/kg.
At the close of Wednesday’s market the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) remained unchanged on 373¢/kg cwt. The majority of the indicators remained firm, however the only category to fluctuate was medium cows losing 1¢ to average 131¢/kg.
Numbers reduced at CTLX and quality was mixed. Light 2 score lambs to feeder orders sold from 371¢ to 453¢ to average 425¢/kg cwt. Trade 3 score lambs were 37¢ cheaper on 392¢, while heavy 4 score lambs were 33¢ lower on 368¢/kg cwt. Medium weight Merino ewes settled on 302¢/kg cwt.
Supply lifted at Hamilton, however restocker activity was absent which aided prices to fall. Light 2 score lambs to slaughter sold from 229¢ to 419¢ to average 370¢/kg cwt. Trade 3 score lambs were 14¢ cheaper on 445¢, while heavy 4 score lambs were 21¢ dearer on 402¢/kg cwt. Medium weight 2 score Merino ewes settled on 260¢/kg cwt.
At the conclusion of Wednesday’s market the eastern states restocker lamb indicator was 19¢ lower on 395¢/kg cwt. Merino lambs were unchanged on 345¢, while light lambs decreased 13¢ to average 388¢/kg cwt. Trade lambs eased 4¢, to 400¢, while heavy lambs lost 2¢ on 378¢/kg cwt. The mutton indicator finished 6¢ lower on 285¢/kg cwt.