Thursday daily cattle summary

01 October 2015

Consignments at Dalby increased 38%, to 7,519 head. It was a good quality yarding overall, with only a handful of poor conditioned lines penned. All the usual export buyers were in operation, and were accompanied by some strong feeder buyer activity. Medium and heavy weight yearling steers to feed set the platform for the market, selling stronger than week-ago prices.

  • Medium C2 yearling steers to feed were up 5¢, averaging 328¢/kg
  • Medium C3 yearling heifers to slaughter eased 6¢, averaging 296¢, and selling to 317¢/kg
  • Heavy C4 grown steers to processors jumped 1¢, averaging 314¢/kg
  • Heavy D4 cows to slaughter lost 4¢, averaging 262¢/kg

Casino numbers increased slightly week-on-week, yarding 1,183 head. There was a good supply of light and medium weight vealers penned. Quality varied, with several pens of well finished supplementary fed cattle on offer.

  • Light D2 vealer steers to restockers jumped 5¢, averaging 329¢/kg
  • Medium C2 vealer heifers were down 8¢, averaging 300¢/kg
  • Medium D2 yearling heifers, averaged 253¢/kg
  • Medium D2 cows improved 1¢, averaging 219¢/kg

Warrnambool throughput decreased 16%, to 780 head. Quality was mixed with a notably solid run of prime cattle along with some plainer lines on offer. Leaner cows were in strong supply as all the usual buyers operated in what was a cheaper market overall.

  • Light D1 yearling heifers averaged 194¢/kg
  • Heavy C4 bullocks dropped 12¢, to average 302¢,
  • Heavy D4 cows were down 1¢, averaging 269¢/kg

At the close of Wednesday’s markets:

  • The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) declined 0.25¢, on 595¢/kg cwt
  • Trade steers averaged 321¢, up 1¢/kg lwt
  • Medium steers averaged 306¢/kg lwt, steady
  • Heavy steers averaged 316¢/kg lwt, steady
  • Medium cows averaged 242¢/kg, up 1¢/kg lwt
  • Feeder steers averaged 328¢, back 1¢/kg lwt

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