Yarding numbers rise as offloads continue

Heifers hit 330c/kg at Roma


RISING NUMBERS: Nat Currie, Elders Blackall, with heifers offered by The Enniskillen Pastoral Company, which reached an impressive top of 330c/kg to make $513/head. Picture by Annabelle Murphy.

RISING NUMBERS: Nat Currie, Elders Blackall, with heifers offered by The Enniskillen Pastoral Company, which reached an impressive top of 330c/kg to make $513/head. Picture by Annabelle Murphy.

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Yarding numbers continued to rise at the Roma store sale on Tuesday, as the clock ticks down on the selling year.

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Yarding numbers continued to rise at the Roma store sale on Tuesday, as the clock ticks down on the selling year. 

A total of 10,300 head drawn from across Queensland and the Northern Territory were yarded, dominated by young cattle of mixed quality. 

Demand for better quality lines remained strong, however the yarding experienced quality-related price changes across all categories.

Lightweight yearling steers to restockers decreased 13c to 32c/kg, while feeder steers remained firm. Light weight yearling heifers to restockers increased by 10c/kg, while medium weight yearling heifers to domestic feed decreased by 11c/kg. 

Weaner steers under 220kg topped at 314c/kg and averaged 267c/kg, while steers in the 220 to 280kg range reached 335c/kg and averaged 285c/kg.

Steers in the 280 to 350kg range reached 335c/kg and averaged 294c/kg, and steers in the 350 to 400kg range reached 318c/kg to average 298c/kg. Feeder steers topped at 314c/kg and averaged 286c/kg.

Heifers under 220kg topped at 330c/kg and averaged 238c/kg, while heifers in the 220 to 280kg range hit 286c/kg and averaged 252c/kg.

Heifers in the 280 to 350kg range topped at 302c/kg, averaging 261c/kg, and heifers in the 350 to 450kg range topped at 304c/kg, to average 263c/kg. 

Cows and calves hit $1240/unit.

Several quality lines were present, including The Enniskillen Pastoral Company, Blackall, who offered 396 Santa steers averaging 339kg which sold to 316c/kg for a top of $1274/head, and 302 Santa heifers which reached a top of $513 to average $443. 

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