Report Date: 10th Aug 2022
Total Yarding: 1477
A small increase in numbers resulted in 1,477 cattle in a Combined Prime and Store Sale. Quality was very mixed with some good quality northern single vendor lines of cows and bullocks along with some poor quality cows and bulls. Two good quality lines of store steers were on offer supported by smaller lines of steers and heifers. One major export processor was again in attendance but not operating, with other regular processors operating with renewed enthusiasm on better quality lines. Additional feeder orders were operating supported by enthusiastic southern and western restocker participation. Cattle were drawn from mostly northern areas including Burketown, Normanton and Mareeba, then to Richmond, Hughenden, Mt Coolon local and coastal areas.
Most categories improved in price, with grown steers and heifers increasing 20c to 60c, bullocks lifted 23c to 47c, cows to processors increased 10c to 20c and bulls averaged 11c to 37c/kg better. Increased buyer demand pushed values for steer calves to 622.2c, while vealer steers returning to the paddock sold to 556.2c to average 510c/kg. Similar vealer heifers returning to grass made to 428.2c and trade types sold to 380c/kg.
A small sample of yearling steers above 280kg returning to grass reached 380.2c to average 346c to 380c/kg. Limited numbers of yearling heifers to the trade sold to 370.2c to average 368c/kg. Good quality grown steers above 400kg to feed sold to 350.2c to average 311c to 336c/kg. A good sample of heavy grown heifers to feed made to 348.2c to average 331c/kg. Suitable heifers to the trade averaged 300c to 310c selling to 332c/kg for the best types.
An increased supply of heavy full-mouthed bullocks to export slaughter made to 336.2c to average from 315c to 334c/kg. A large decrease in the supply of cows met renewed processor demand. Medium weight three score cows to processors topped at 290.2c to average 275c to 288c/kg. Prime heavy weight 3 and 4 score cows reached 310.2c to average 282c to 301c/kg. A good line of cows to southern restockers sold to 342.2c to average 331c/kg. Increased demand for heavy bulls to feed improved averages from 295c to 322c/kg reaching a top of 338.2c, while young males returning to grass sold to 562.2c to average 408 to 412c/kg.
Market Reporter, Mick Kingham.