Sales end year on solid note

Sales end year on solid note

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Terry Hyland updates news from around the saleyards.

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This week I caught up with Matt Beard, manager of Landmark, Emerald, who said that the Emerald Combined Agents will offer more than 700 store cattle for the final sale of 2017. 

Matt reported a solid sale of 1600 head at last week’s prime and store sale and once again restockers were willing to pay a premium for quality light store cattle. Recent good falls of rain had prices soaring with the top pen of weaner steers making to 411c. Matt said although the processor competition was limited, cows to kill saw a slight rise on the previous sale. Bullocks topped at 256c and averaged 243c.

Roma Combined Agents have booked 6419 cattle for the final sale for 2017. Rod Turner, senior auctioneer for Landmark, Roma, last week predicted there would be over 6000 for the final sale. 

As Rod said, there is a large area that has missed out on decent rain and four weeks until the opening sales, could be too long to wait in some cases. All categories of store stock are selling well. 

The outstanding draft of C A Flower and Co’s cattle trucked into Roma from Callitris North last Tuesday sold to a strong panel of buyers. The steer portion topped at 370.2c for 271kg and averaged 339c for the draft.  The heifer portion topped at 332c for 299.7kg and averaged 323.6c for 302.2kg. Top marks to the Flower family for another well bred and well presented line of 707 quality cattle.

Ryan Dellit, manager of Graham Henderson & Co, Dalby reported a combined yarding of 3922 cattle at last week’s sale from Meandarra, Monogorilby, Kingaroy, Chinchilla and the local area.

Ryan reported that only a limited number of heavy steers and bullocks were penned selling to a cheaper market with average prices 5-10c down on the previous week’s rates. Cows to processors eased in areas with selected good quality classes remaining firm. Feeder operators remained active in the market with heavy feeder steers selling close to firm. 

Suitable heifers to feed gained up to 15c on selected lines. Smaller numbers of store cattle were penned for the second round. Once again all classes of lightweight young cattle continued to achieve solid rates. Cows and calves sold to $1780 per unit. 

Dalby Combined Agents conduct their final sale for the year this Wednesday.

There is a large area that has missed out on decent rain and four weeks until the opening sales, could be too long to wait in some cases.

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