Friday daily cattle summary

26 August 2016

This week at Emerald, cattle supply declined 57% to 1,022 head. Scattered showers saw numbers subdued, with all the regular buyers present. Prices remained unchanged to slightly easier across all categories, and a good offering of cows penned suitable for processors.  

  • Medium D2 vealer heifers to feed averaged 344¢/kg
  • Heavy C4 bullocks to processors eased 1¢, averaging 293¢/kg
  • Medium D4 cows to slaughter were back 4¢, averaging 236¢/kg

Throughput at Dubbo declined 54%, to 2,430 head. It was a good quality yarding this week, with a notable selection of prime cattle on offer across all sections. Consignments from the far west were limited, with young cattle to the trade trending dearer overall.  

  • Heavy C3 yearling steers to feed gained 10¢, averaging 389¢/kg
  • Medium C3 yearling heifers to feed eased 4¢, averaging 372¢/kg
  • Heavy C4 grown steers to processors sold to 367¢, averaging 344¢/kg
  • Heavy D4 cows to slaughter were up 1¢, averaging 280¢/kg

Consignments at Bairnsdale increased 5% this week, to 562 head. Export cattle were well supplied, with a full field of buyers present and active in a generally firm to dearer market overall. Quality slipped week-on-week, with a large proportion of grown cattle lacking finish.

  • Heavy D3 yearling heifers to processors eased 3¢, averaging 337¢/kg
  • Heavy D3 grown steers to slaughter gained 24¢, averaging 348¢/kg
  • Medium E1 cows to restockers were up 11¢, averaging 215¢/kg

At the close of Thursday’s markets:         

  • The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) finished at 707.75¢, up 0.50¢ on where it had finished the previous day
  • Trade steers were up 2¢, on 374¢/kg lwt
  • Medium steers were up 6¢, to 330¢/kg lwt
  • Heavy steers were up 4¢, to 335¢/kg lwt
  • Medium cows were up 2¢, on 255¢/kg lwt
  • Feeder steers were back 2¢, on 383¢/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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