Report Date: 11th May 2022
Total Yarding: 1869
Widespread rain across much of the north and west resulted in a large decrease in supply with 1869 cattle penned, 1251 fewer than last sale. Quality was mixed with fewer prime cattle -mostly consisting of one large line of northern cows, along with some good quality store steers and heifers. A major road closure prevented one processor and opportunity restockers from attending, however there was strong competition for lighter cattle. Value changes were reflective of quality, with light steers improving by 30c to 40c, heifers increased by up to 30c while heavy cows to processors averaged 4c/kg higher. Cattle were predominantly drawn from Normanton, Croydon, Cloncurry, Greenvale.
Light steer calves to restockers sold to 738.2c while a good sample of vealer steers topped at 624.2c to average 602c/kg. Good quality vealer heifers to restockers sold to 580.2c to average 520c/kg. Yearling steers above 280kg to restockers reached 492.2c to average 423c to 492c and heavy yearling steers above 400kg to feed sold to and averaged 414c/kg. Mixed quality yearling heifers above 280kg to feed reached 402.2c to average 384c/kg.
There were insufficient grown steers and heifers to reliably quote. Medium weight 2 score cows to processors reached 304.2c to average the same, while 3 scores topped at 354.2c to average 325c/kg. A small sample of heavy bulls to feed destined for live export sold to 370.2c to average 323 to 362c/kg. A large sample of young males returning to grass sold to 680.2c to average 608c/kg.
Market Reporter, Mick Kingham