Report Date: 29th November 2023
Total Yarding: 2,517
Following no sale last week and some scattered useful storm rain across many northern areas, Charters Towers Combined Agents penned 2554 cattle. Quality was mixed throughout, comprising of 470 prime cattle and over 2,000 store steers and heifers. Only three regular processors were operating, supported by one regular feeder, one live exporter and opportunity restockers. Cattle were drawn from Normanton, Croydon, Richmond, Mt Garnet, east to the coast and the local area.
Light steers lifted 20c, yearling steers and heifers improved 30c to 60c, better quality prime cows and bullocks improved 30c to 50c and heavy bulls averaged 60c to 80c/kg higher.
Steer calves averaged 325c, selling to 345c, suitably weaned vealer steers returning to the paddock made to 314c to average 301c/kg. Vealer heifers under 200kg to restockers reached 230c to average 210c, while heifers above 200kg to processors averaged 225c/kg. Good quality yearling steers above 280kg to restockers sold to 280c to average 268c and steers to feed averaged same. Good quality yearling heifers destined for breeding made to 248c to average 223c, with heifers above 330 kg to feed averaging 221c to 239c/kg.
Grown steers above 400kg to restockers reached 266c to average 251c, steers to feed averaged 258c/kg, with steers suitable for live export averaged 262c/kg. A small number of grown heifers to the trade sold to 250c to average 244c/kg.
Heavy bullocks to export slaughter reached 255c, most sales from 228c to 240c .those to live export made 260c/kg.
Medium weight 2 score cows to restockers reached 236c, 3 scores to processors reached to 256c to average 238c to 244c/kg. A small number of prime heavyweights made 240c/kg. Heavy bulls to feed destined for live export reached 260c to average 252.
Market Reporter, Mick Kingham