Red hot cattle market climb continues

Red hot cattle market climb continues


AUSTRALIA's red hot cattle market continues to climb with the eastern young cattle indicator hitting a high of 561c/kg dressed.


AUSTRALIA's red hot cattle market continues to climb with Meat and Livestock Australia's (MLA) eastern young cattle indicator (EYCI) hitting a new record 561c/kg dressed.

The benchmark indicator stacked on another 9.5 cents or 1.4 per cent on last week's record price.

The market is now an impressive 225c or 34pc above the same time last year.

Ray White Queensland/NSW livestock coordinator Bruce Birch said the market was driven by lack of numbers, underpinned by widespread global demand for beef and a low Australian dollar.

"We're starting to see signs could be getting close to the top of the market," Mr Birch said.

"That said, every time we think we are getting near the top the market takes off again.

"Even if we do see some sort of correction, I do not think it will be a drastic one.

"What I am sure of is that everyone would rather have a sustainable market rather than going through peaks and troughs."

The eastern young cattle indicator has climbed to 561c/kg cwt.

Mr Birch said while saleyard numbers were well up, a lot of cattle were being sold that would have usually been sold direct to meatworks later in the year.

"We have never seen the cattle market rise so far, so fast," Mr Birch said.

"It makes everyone wonder where the market would be if we had a generally good season and not so much extreme drought.

"Unless something comes out of left field the market will continue to driven by meatworks trying to find cattle that are not there."

Mr Birch said some producers remained cautious about buying cattle on the red hot market.

"Some have stayed out of the market choosing to buy sheep or even choosing to background agistment cattle.

Selling is underway at today's weekly Roma store cattle sale. About 10,600 head have been yarded.

MLA Roma market reporter Martin Bunyard said the quality of cattle on offer today was slightly better than last week's 12,000 head yarding.

"The market is certainly stronger today probably because there are slightly better quality cattle compared to the past couple of weeks," Mr Bunyard said

"What is noticeable is that regardless of how many teeth the 500kg-plus steers have they are making 270-280c/kg live."


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