Report Date: 21st Apr 2022
Total Yarding: 2944
Nutrien yarded 2,944 mainly weaner cattle at Powranna on Thursday which was their third weaner sale for the Autumn of 2022. As with recent sales, the quality was excellent with cattle coming from most parts of the state with some stand out lines from the North East. There was very strong interstate competition added to Tasmanian feedlot, local restockers and backgrounders. It was noticeable that there was minimal interest from the far Northwest as their season stays very dry. 52% stayed local with 48% getting a boat trip.
Prices opened fully firm for yearling steers that made $2,780 to $2,920/head and then prices tended to be easier with patches of the sale up to $200 per head cheaper, however in the end most averages were $50 to $120/head lower but still at very good rates.
Heavy steer weaners (330 + kg) made $1,980 to $2,580 (average 600c/kg liveweight), medium (280-330 kg) $1,740 to $2,160 (640c/kg), light (200-280 kg) $1,500 to $1,980 (730c/kg) and a few very small $1,400 to $1,480/head.
Heavy heifer weaners made $1,640 to $2,260 (560c/kg), medium $1,500 to $1,860 (580c/kg) and light $1,150 to $1,820 (600c/kg).
Cows and calves made $2,800 to $3,250 per unit.
Market Reporter; Richard Bailey.