Friday daily cattle summary

29 April 2016

Cattle throughput at Roma Prime decreased 62% this week, to 402 head. A full panel of processor buyers filled the stands, however some operating more selectively. Bullocks sold to an easier trend, with grown heifers in shorter supply.

  • Heavy C4 grown steers to processors averaged 258¢, back 5¢/kg
  • Heavy C4 bullocks to slaughter were 5¢ lower, averaging 264¢/kg
  • Heavy D4 cows to the same orders eased 2¢, averaging 213¢/kg

Consignments at Dubbo decreased 12%, to 2,910 head. Quality lifted week-on-week, with some good drafts of well finished bullocks and cows on offer. Those suitable to the trade also presented in good condition, with most buyers operating in a stronger market overall.

  • Heavy C3 yearling steers to feed were 10¢ dearer, averaging 312¢/kg
  • Heavy C4 grown steers to processors averaged 286¢, up 4¢/kg
  • Light D2 cows to restockers averaged 196¢, up 26¢, while heavy D4 lines to processors were 7¢ dearer, at 212¢/kg

Numbers at Bairnsdale increased 86%, to 1,168 head. Export categories along with younger lines made up the bulk of the yarding this week, with the usual buying group operating in a mixed market overall. Quality eased, with drafts of prime cattle in short supply.

  • Heavy D3 yearling heifers to processors averaged 277¢, back 10¢/kg
  • Heavy D3 grown steers to slaughter were 3¢ dearer, averaging 289¢/kg
  • Heavy D3 cows to the same orders sold to 250¢, averaging 224¢, and up 3¢/kg

At the close of Thursday’s markets:                                                                           

  • The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) averaged 545.75¢, back 0.75¢/kg cwt on where it finished the previous day
  • Trade steers held steady, on 306¢/kg lwt
  • Medium steers were up 2¢, on 273¢/kg lwt
  • Heavy steers were up 4¢, at 285¢/kg lwt
  • Medium cows were back 1¢, on 196¢/kg lwt
  • Feeder steers were back 1¢, on 296¢/kg lwt

For the full list of cattle market reports, please click here.

Note: All yardings and prices referenced are from MLA reported saleyards

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