Toowoomba cattle market eases

Restocker support on the young cattle was very subdued and the declining trend continued


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Simon Booth, Landmark, Toowoomba, with vendor Tim Ecroyd, Darr Creek, Jandowae, at the Harristown Saleyards. Picture: Helen Walker

Simon Booth, Landmark, Toowoomba, with vendor Tim Ecroyd, Darr Creek, Jandowae, at the Harristown Saleyards. Picture: Helen Walker

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Toowoomba cattle sale cheaper as values ease.

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On the back of an easing market, a smaller, mixed quality yarding of 748 head was presented at Harristown Saleyards, Toowoomba, on Monday.

According to Landmark's Simon Booth the market was cheaper throughout the sale.

"Restocker support on the young cattle was very subdued and the declining trend in young cattle prices experienced the previous week continued on Monday," Mr Booth said.

He said lightweight yearling steers averaged 30c/kg less, while medium weight yearling steers were back 14c/kg and yearling heifers lost between 23c/kg and up to 30c/kg.

"We found that medium weight cows and the better end of the cows experienced little change but poor condition cows were cheaper by 10c/kg," he said.

One vendor who was happy with his steer prices was Tim Ecroyd, Darr Creek, Jandowae.

Mr Ecroyd and his wife Meredith sold eight Charbray-cross steers with an average weight of 258 kilograms.

These steers sold to average 250c/kg and returned $717/head.

"I was pretty happy with that result, as it was a reasonable price on the day," Mr Ecroyd said.

The Ecroyds also sold 10 Charbray-cross heifers with an average weight of 270kg. They made 136c/kg to return $369/head.

"That was very disappointing but we have to cop it on the chin as we have little feed left," he said.

The Ecroyds bought Darr Creek about 20 months ago after selling their property Besm at Thargomindah.

"We sold Besm to get away from the drought but it seems we brought it with us," Mr Ecroyd said.

The Ecroyds kept 70 of their breeders after the sale to stock Darr Creek.

Mr Ecroyd has previously sold cattle through the Harristown Saleyards with good results.

"I would truck young cattle down from Thargomindah and it was always a good market," he said.

He plans to offload another body truck of steers and heifers in the next couple of weeks.

There will be no sale at Harristown on Monday, April 22, due to the Easter public holiday. The next sale will be on April 29 at 8am.

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