Friday daily cattle summary

04 November 2016

This week at Roma Prime, cattle numbers declined 37% to 514 head. Cows were well represented, with a handful of bullocks on offer. Cattle were drawn from both local and south western regions, with better quality bullocks attracting strong processor competition.

  • Heavy C4 bullocks to slaughter were up 4¢, averaging 295¢/kg
  • Light D4 grown heifers to processors were back 5¢, averaging 276¢/kg
  • Medium D3 cows to processors eased 1¢, averaging 235¢/kg

Dubbo consignments decreased 1%, to 4,515 head. Another good quality yarding were on offer this week, with a notable selection of prime conditioned cattle seen across all sections. Condition throughout young cattle sections lowered on the previous sale, and most trade lines finished firm to marginally cheaper.

  • Heavy C3 yearling steers to feed were back 3¢, averaging 351¢/kg
  • Heavy C3 yearling heifers to feed lowered 22¢, averaging 326¢/kg
  • Heavy C4 grown steers to processors gained 6¢, averaging 306¢/kg
  • Heavy D4 cows to slaughter were up 2¢, averaging 242¢/kg

Throughput at Bairnsdale increased 68%, to 572 head. The usual buying group operated in a generally firm market, along with the inclusion of an additional exporter. Quality improved, and a greater offering of prime cattle were penned, with trade cattle selling firm to slightly dearer depending on condition.

  • Heavy D3 yearling heifers to processors were back 9¢, averaging 306¢/kg
  • Heavy C4 bullocks to the same order were up 2¢, averaging 313¢/kg
  • Heavy D3 cows to slaughter finished 1¢ dearer, averaging 248¢/kg

At the close of Thursday’s markets:         

  • The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) finished at 658.75¢, down 2¢/kg cwt from where it settled the previous day
  • Trade steers held firm on 345¢/kg lwt
  • Medium steers were up 2¢, on 304¢/kg lwt
  • Heavy steers finished 1¢ dearer, at 300¢/kg lwt
  • Medium cows held steadyon 231¢/kg lwt
  • Feeder steers settled 2¢ lower, at 355¢/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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