Friday daily cattle summary

25 November 2016

This week at Roma Prime, cattle throughput increased 96% - to 924 head. Quality across the offering of bullocks and grown heifers lifted on the previous sale and trended dearer as a result, with increased processor competition from NSW resulting in similar conditions for cows  - also finishing stronger.  

  • Heavy C4 bullocks to processors were up 7¢, averaging 303¢/kg
  • Light D4 grown heifers to slaughter gained 6¢, averaging 280¢/kg
  • Heavy D4 cows to the same orders finished 1¢ stronger, at 247¢/kg

Dubbo consignments declined 12%, to 4,600 head. A fair to good quality yarding of cattle were on offer this week, with a notable selection of prime cattle penned. Those sourced from far western regions were also well represented, with all the usual buyers present and operating in a mixed market.

  • Heavy C3 yearling steers to processors eased 1¢, averaging 333¢/kg
  • Heavy C3 yearling heifers to slaughter were back 5¢, averaging 302¢/kg
  • Heavy C4 grown steers to processors gained 1¢, to 303¢/kg
  • Heavy D4 cows to the same orders finished 4¢ dearer, averaging 246¢/kg

Cattle numbers at Bairnsdale decreased marginally this week, to 584 head. Those suitable to export dominated the yarding, with the usual buying group present, however not all operating fully in a dearer market. Quality varied across all categories, as younger trade sections sold to a cheaper trend due to a lack of condition.

  • Heavy C3 grown steers to slaughter were up 8¢, averaging 318¢/kg
  • Medium E1 dairy cows sold to 216¢, averaging 198¢, up 8¢/kg
  • Heavy D3 cows to processors sold to 265¢, averaging 251¢, up 11¢/kg

At the close of Thursday’s markets:  

  • The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) finished on 644.50¢, back 0.75¢/kg cwt from where it settled the previous day
  • Trade steers held firm on 339¢/kg lwt
  • Medium steers eased 4¢, on 298¢/kg lwt
  • Heavy steers were steady, at 300¢/kg lwt
  • Medium cows remained unchanged on 235¢/kg lwt
  • Feeder steers settled 3¢ lower, at 351¢/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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